We are going to be back in the era of traveling by burros, because if we go by train, we run into the possibility that in the city where we are, maybe the train does not stop, unless it is a Harry Reid train to nowhere. If we travel by bus, we never get to where we need to go; and traveling by car we take the chance of getting into an accident or facing a confrontation with those highway patrol units that want to increase the coffers of the city of their jurisdiction.
So the only option we have left, besides not going any farther than the corner convenience store, is the plane, and then we have to confront those rude and unprofessional PSA agents — all frustrated perhaps because they were never able to realize their dream of being real police officers — and the incompetence of airport and airline personnel that are under the impression that they are doing us a favor of allowing us to step foot into their airport and board the airplane.
And thanks to some of those incompetent airline personnel (with a few exceptions, of course), now we have the privilege and the opportunity to be forced to deal with the local law enforcement agents, such as in the case of that United Airlines plane flying from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky, during which the passengers had the opportunity to welcome members of the most brutal and abusive police force in the nation.
Reservation agents should be well aware of the number of seats available and how many seats were sold to avoid overbooking of a flight; the reservation agents should be able to keep at least four seats in reserve for airline personnel that need to fly on standby in order to go to work the next day in whatever city they are stationed.
You know, it is like in the old days in Las Vegas showrooms, when the Maitre’d used to keep a few of the best booths for those last-minute high-rollers or any surprise VIPs, to accommodate them as the house’s best clients.
Anyway, in this Chicago story, being shown on every television station, being talked about on every talk show in the nation and also, of course, on the internet, United Airline flight 3411 needed four seats to accommodate their personnel going to work the next day in another city and was willing to pay for those seats; the offer went from $400.00 to $800.00, plus a hotel accommodation for the night, but no one took the offer.
Everybody knows that all airline employees fly on standby. If they needed to be at work the next day, they should have left in plenty of time, not wait until the last minute and expect to take someone’s paid seat.
And here is where the whole thing went viral on the Internet; on that same flight was a doctor from Louisville, Kentucky who also needed to be at the hospital where most likely he had patients waiting for him to go to work the next day.
Somehow they pinpointed this doctor and airline personnel actually threatened the doctor, telling him to vacate his seat and get off the aircraft or they would call the police on him.
And they did. Chicago police officers — considered the most brutal in the nation — showed up and dragged the doctor out of his seat, all the way down the aisle to the plane’s door, making him bruised and bloodied, not realizing that we are living in an era where there are no secrets any more, and hundreds of cell phones and other electronic instruments were seen in the video filming mode during the whole merciless incident.
Police officers all over need to be aware nowadays that if they can tap phones at the Trump Tower and the White House, the public can also film them doing the wrong thing with less sophisticated equipment — but filming them nevertheless.
Apparently they beat the good Doctor unmercifully because according to several news items of the video shown on several television networks, the doctor came back but appeared all bloodied. It looks like a good lawsuit against United Airlines and the Chicago Police Department, but so far no one is talking and no one appears eager to say anything; it is like everyone is saying “me no speaka de English” and keeping everyone in suspense.
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And now as a reminder to all those people registered to vote in the city of Las Vegas in the June general election, I would like to remind them that they need to vote for Bob Beers and Michelle Fiore for their seats in the city council, and for Cara Campbell for Municipal Court Judge. They are the best candidates in the race and if anyone does not believe me, they can go to the Internet and check them out; none of them have a bad mark or a bad rap on their record.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.