Stories About Crazy Questions from Government Employees to Travel Agents–Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
A collection of hard-to-believe stories about interactions between government employees and a travel agent in Washington DC.
There is nothing in this eRumor to give it credibility. It refers to “a retiring Washington DC travel agent.” Many of these kinds of lists of alleged crazy conversations in the marketplace are fabricated.
Subject: our leaders
The following are actual stories provided by a retiring Washington, D.C.
travel agent of 30+ years:
I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat on the airplane
that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window.
I got a call from a Candidate’s Staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I
started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information
then she interrupted me with, “I’m not trying to make you look stupid,
Capetown is in Massachusetts.” Without trying to make her look like the
stupid one, I calmly explained, “Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown
Her response …(click).
A Senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about a Florida package we
I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was
expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible,
Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I
looked on the map, and Florida is a very thin state!!!”
I got a call from a Lawmakers Wife who asked, “Is it possible to see
from Canada?” I said, “No.” She said, “But they look so close on the
An Aide for a Bush cabinet member once called and asked if they could
car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed they had only
one-hour layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a
car, he said, “I heard Dallas! was a big airport, and we will need a car
drive between the gates to save time.”
An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She needed to know how it was
possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago
8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois,
she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her
plane went very fast, and she bought that!
A New York lawmaker called and asked, “Do airlines put your physical
description on your bag so they know who’s luggage belongs to who?” I
“No, why do you ask?” She replied, “Well, when I checked in with the
airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I’m
think that is very rude?” After putting her on hold for a minute while I
“looked into it” (I was actually laughing) I came back and explained the
city code for Fresno, CA is (FAT), and that the airline was just putting
destination tag on her luggage.
A Senator’s Aide called in inquiring about a trip package to Hawaii.
going over all the cost info, she asked, “Would it be cheaper to fly to
California and then take the train to Hawaii?”
I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked, “How do I
know which plane to get on?” I asked him what exactly he meant, to which
replied, “I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn
have numbers on them.”
A Lady Senator called and said, “I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, FL. Do I
to get on one of those little computer planes?” I asked if she meant fly
Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane. She said, “Yeah, whatever!!”
A Senior Senator called and had a question about the documents he needed
order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I
reminded him he needed a visa. “Oh no I don’t, I’ve been to China many
and never had to have one of those.” I double checked and sure enough,
stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, “Look, I’ve been to
China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!”
A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations, “I want to go
Chicago to Rhino, New York” The agent was at a loss for words. Finally,
agent: “Are you sure that’s the name of the town?” “Yes, what flights do
have?” replied the lady. After some searching, the agent came back with,
“I’m sorry, ma’am, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and
can’t find a Rhino anywhere.” The lady retorted, “Oh don’t be silly!
Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!” The agent scoured a map of
state of New York and finally offered, “You don’t mean Buffalo, do you?”
That’s it! I knew it was a big animal”, she admitted!!!
Now you know why government is in the shape that it’s in!