My View For Awhile: Lovely Nightmare Edition

It’s a beautiful day, nicest in a while.  Of course that means that after a great Chinese meal with friends…

… I’m going somewhere else!

Going into the airport, a tour bus got stuck under a bridge and the delay was a nightmare.  I wound up getting out of the car at a different terminal and taking a shuttle.

I have a fast check in process (so that helped) and I got to my gate as the boarding was underway. 

Meanwhile my friend The Great Roman™ has been sending photos from the great St Joseph celebrations including a procession and, of course, la cuccagna!

Off we go.


Or maybe not.  This is, after all, Delta!

They can’t get the door of the aircraft to close.  I believe that’s a useful option when flying.

Delta…Not Quite Ready When You Are!


Apparently the problem lies with the electric assist for the door.   They have decided to – wait for it – close it manually. Such creative thinking.

Delta! We solve our problems!

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  1. acardnal says:

    Well, I’m glad they got the plane’s door closed. Let’s hope they can open it up.

  2. mike cliffson says:

    “close it manually”? oh yeah, once a year.Got it.

  3. pelerin says:

    Have to admit to a wry smile at Fr Z’s comment that it was a useful option to be able to close the plane door. It reminded me of the time when sliding-door trains were introduced in my region and the number of times when they failed to either open or close the doors. I remember on one occasion the automatic opening of the doors ceased to function upon arrival in London and we all waited patiently until a railway official came along to each carriage, disappeared under the train and opened them manually. At least we were on terra firma.

    The problems were eventually solved although for the last year there have been sporadic strikes here over who actually operates the doors!

  4. G. Thomas Fitzpatrick says:

    Ok, Father. I know you are traveling. I have no idea what la cuccagna is. But allow me to take a stab at it. In one of the Boston North End (Italian) festivals during the summer, the highlight is The Flight Of the Angel, usually a kid who is sent across a square with wires that look similar to this, and a harness, and an angel costume. Am I in the right ballpark, or is this something else altogether?

  5. Charles E Flynn says:

    Aircraft doors can turn out to be a life-or-death matter.


    A small airport with intersecting runways and no control tower. A mysterious transmission that may have steered a plane into danger. And a malfunctioning air stair door that turned a survivable accident into one of the worst runway disasters in American history. See how small failures culminated in a tragedy that took the lives of everyone on board United Express Flight 5925 at Quincy Regional Airport in Illinois on November 19, 1996. Then follow the investigation that highlighted the importance of listening to preflight safety briefings.

    The lesson to be learned is to note where the emergency exits are. Not one person on Flight 5925 thought of them until it was too late.

  6. clare joseph says:

    I think posting photos of plates full of delicious-looking Chinese food in the middle of Lent, when some of us are trying to mortify our appetites, is a tad mean.

  7. The Cobbler says:

    Aren’t there two solemnities coming up this week? That’s what my Novus Ordo calendar says anyway.

    Mmmmm, Chinese…

  8. hwriggles4 says:

    Fr. Z:

    Years ago, didn’t Delta stand for Don’t Ever Leave The Airport?

  9. sahn105 says:

    Fr. Z., can you share the name of those dishes?

  10. MissBee says:

    “But Father! But Father!” Isn’t there another airline servicing the Dane Cty. airport besides Delta??

  11. Sautéed Potato Shreds, Sautéed Duck with Ginger, Spicy Cumin Lamb, Stir-fried Fresh Mushrooms, from the menu:

  12. Matt Robare says:

    I wonder if one of the reasons for the rapidly increasing number of saints is that commercial airline travel has led many people to take Purgatory and praying for the dead much more seriously. They say there are no atheists in foxholes — I bet there aren’t too many in long DMV lines or major airports with snowstorms in the offing.

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