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Old 10-17-2003, 07:31 AM   #1
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Big Grin Funny but actual comments from US travel agents...

Hi!

To lighten the mood here, I thought itd be nice to mention this:

PS if you have any funny stories about travel in general, please list them here!

(This looks very familiar, but it probably does one good to read it again)

Actual comments from US travel agents......

I had someone ask for an aisle seat so that their hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.

A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts."
Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Capecod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa." Her response...
click.

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. 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, since 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 man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said, "But they look so close on the map."

Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas.
When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time."

A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know who's luggage belongs to who?" I said, "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 overweight, is there any connection?" 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 is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have numbers on them."

A woman called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-cola on one of those computer planes."
I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a commuter plane. She said,
"Yeah, whatever."

A business man called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I won't, I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I double-checked and sure enough, his 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 woman called to make reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Hippopotamus, New York". The agent was at a loss for words. Finally, the agent said: "Are you sure that's the name of the town?". "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the customer. 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 Hippopotamus anywhere." The customer
retorted, "Oh don't be silly. Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!"
The agent scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean Buffalo, do you?"
"That's it! I knew it was a big animal!"

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When my mum was in the US, she went to San Diego and went on a short boat tour. There was an island in the distance and mum took a photo of it. When she got back she showed me the photo, all excitable, saying 'that's Hawaii in the distance'

She couldn't understand why I was laughing so much. She insisted that the tour guide had told them it was Hawaii - I had to get the Atlas out to prove she was wrong

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Re: Funny but actual comments from US travel agents...

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A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know who's luggage belongs to who?" I said, "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 overweight, is there any connection?" 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 is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.
I saw that one coming!

Dealing with people like this (travelers) is a daily occurance for me. You hear a lot of these stories repeated over and over, everyday.

We are convinced that there is some brain-sucking device in the doorways of airports. Even teh smartest people (the majority of my passengers deal with the major University in town here) seem to lose it all as the walk through the door. It is a great job.
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My mother told her boss that she was going to Switzerland. The boss insisted that she had to learn Swedish to talk to the people there.
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Someone once asked me if you could hire a boat in Wales and row over to Ireland. I guess you could but you'd be pretty tired when you got there.
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My roommate in college went on a mission trip to Mexico and when she came back she told me, "It's really different there. It's like a whole other country!!"
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I had a friend in college who was a guide on a tour boat that went through Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound. At least once a week someone would ask what ocean they could see through the outlet of the sound. This is the east coast of the Untied States...I'm sure most of you from overseas know what ocean I'm talking about...

He got back at them by making up a bunch of lies. If you were ever on his tour, the address of that house on the rocks is NOT 1 Narragansett Bay and our other friend did NOT invent Viagra.
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man, and i thought the cheeseheads i encountered on a flight were stupid (to make a long story short, i'll just say they valued their damn foam cheeseheads more than their luggage, possibly even any possibly children they had.) but all this tops it!
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Re: Funny but actual comments from US travel agents...

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A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. 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, since 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 man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said, "But they look so close on the map."
*Smacks forehead with hand*

I am in awe that people are actually that stupid. Seriously.

I haven't seen any of these people on Leno's "Jaywalking" segments, have I? .

All of these are really funny.

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at the stupidity.

I forwarded this to my sister who works at a travel agency.
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