I'm on another flight last week, waiting to get off the plane. At the moment when you can remove your seat belts and get your stuff, the flight attendant makes a hurried announcement telling us to evacuate the plane immediately. She told us not to even grab our stuff, but to immediately disembark the plane. I could smell the smoke as we all rushed off.
We stood there in the terminal, many of us twitching from cell phone withdrawal, and waiting to find out what was going on. They're bringing in dogs. Fire trucks are screaming up to the terminal. And the flight attendants are doing their best to get everybody off that plane immediately.
Thank God we were already on the ground when it happened.
Anyway….we're all standing there speculating and seeing who could come up with the best story. Some were videotaping, moving wildly back and forth to try to find something more news worthy than the old lady asking about the magazine she had tucked into the seat pocket in front of her. Apparently she didnt' finish reading it.
We weren't standing there five minutes when a man walked up to the gate agent and said loudly, "What are you going to do to make up for this?"
I was stunned. It had only been five minutes. We had not been inconvenienced in the least. We waited longer than this to get on the plane. And here he was looking for someone to pay.
That's one of the things wrong with this world today. Many people live in a constant state of expecting someone to pay for their inconvenience. I'm guilty of it myself. The plane is late – someone should accept blame. The streets weren't cleared fast enough after the snow – who's job was that? Something is missing in my house and I immediately start to blame.
I wonder what would happen if we didn't blame so much. If we didn't expect for someone to pay every time we were inconvenienced. If we accepted accidents as just that. Maybe, just maybe, we would live a more peaceful life.