Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Those who fly a lot (like me) or only sometimes, know that travel by air has become an annoying, frustrating, cruel, often humiliating experience. So many things can go wrong. Which is why I love this story.

Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god Tue Sep 4, 3:41 PM ET

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

It worked, it fixed an airline industry problem.

Perhaps we can consider the following cures for what else ails the industry:

-Your plane rolls back from the gate and then sits on the tarmac for four hours before takeoff. ---- In front of the plane sacrifice the air traffic controller who gave the permission to roll back.

-No more blankets or pillows - Sacrifice Milton Cheapam, American Airlines Chief Accountant...on a bed of airline pillows and blankets.

-No more free food on flights. -Gather in wine-soaked circle of fliers, invoke Bacchus to bring down rain and hellfire on head of Airline Catering.

-Having to switch planes at Chicago O'Hare - Just shoot whoever is standing next to you. You know that's what you want to do anyway.

-The guy/girl who thought up the 3,675 rules for actually being able to use your frequent flier miles. Impose 3,675 rules for her to leave her house in the morning.

-For the great men and women of the Transportation and Security Adminstratin, who make you take off your shoes, belts, jackets, laptop, and .02 ounce liquids.

Sacrifice a few goats and damn their souls to the eternal servitude to People's Express Airlines. Its worked before.

Yahoo Goat Story
Peoples Express