Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why does winter seem to come as a surprise to travelers every year?

Okay, a teensy rant here: It's winter. Surprisingly, winter shows up very single year at the same time. (Astounding!) And with winter comes winter weather. Which means snow and ice. Snow and ice are not conducive to airplane travel (and, well, most other kinds of travel). Airports shut down.

Every single year in the history of air travel, airports have shut down during the holidays due to crap weather.


And yet, every single year, people get stranded at airports and behave as though this is the very first time that this has ever happened. I just watched a woman on the Today Show crying that she had been stranded at an airport for three days. Um, and??? What exactly did you expect?

People get stranded at airports every year in the winter. If you insist on traveling by air during the holidays - which, coincidentally, happen during the winter every single year!!! - you really need to deal with the consequences of your idiot decision like a grown-up.

Or maybe? STAY HOME NEXT TIME!

Grumble grumble grumble...not enough coffee in the morning to face whiny people on the Today Show...

16 comments:

Vieva said...

*passes a remote with the OFF switch prominently displayed*

maybe I should be glad my mornings are started by Imperial Fiat of toddler to have Playhouse Disney ....

Jeff said...

Yet another reason not to fly.

Stockyard Queen said...

I can't figure out what's going on with that woman who's been stuck for three days in the airport, but I guarantee you that I will never be stuck in any U.S. airport for more than about 12 hours. I'd hike out through a snowdrift first.

spinregina said...

Here in Canada, where the entire country is locked in a deep freeze, this morning's local paper details, step by step, a woman's long journey home and the weather related difficulties she had. Un-real.

I, too, am counting my blessings that the soft strains of Playhouse Disney resonate in the background and the baby is just getting up.

rhienelleth said...

Well, I have no sympathy for people who knew the weather was ba and didn't check their flight before going to the airport anyway - the airport here is pretty much shut down, yet the news showed people driving to it anyway.

And, I have no idea about that woman on the Today show.

But, we here in the pacific northwest are frankly very unused to the insane (for us) amount of snow and ice that has hit with these winter storms. We don't know how to deal with it, because it doesn't happen every year. In fact, something like this happens to us probably once or twice in our lifetimes. They say this is among the top ten worst storms we've had since they started recording them here. Not only is it unusual, but I don't ever remember so much as a white Christmas, and I'm 34. If we get it at all, we get snow in January, February, not in December.

But all of that said, I confess I'm getting tired of seeing the exact same thing on the news every night, all night. Okay, it's a really bad snow and ice storm, we get it! We've already canceled our Christmas plans and stocked the larder. We're good to go.

Michael Natale said...

This phenomenon is not limited to airports.

Here in the Boston area, we get some pretty bad weather in the winter. Yet sure enough, the first time it snows the highways become PARKING LOTS before there is even 1/8" on the ground.

I'm all for caution when the weather really IS a factor, but when flurries start, why does everyone drive 15MPH????

Stockyard Queen said...

Michael, I'd be happy for everybody to slow down to 15 mph in the snow--maybe then we'd all get where we're going with fewer pile-ups. We get lots of snow here, every year, and still people persist in driving like they're in the Daytona 500. Just this morning, a woman in a minivan tailgated me for about three miles through 8 inches of slick, packed snow. If I'd skidded the least bit, she would have t-boned me. I'm sure my 20 mph speed was hugely frustrating to her, but frankly I don't give a damn.

Jill of All Trades said...

Here, here...I'm with you.

Joe Iriarte said...

Wow! I never watch the Today show, but this morning I did because it was on the the doctor's waiting room I was, um, waiting in. I had the exact same thought when they showed that woman. It wasn't just that she was surprised, but her insistence that someone had "to answer for this." Um, what? You mean God? Get a hotel room, go back home, buy a sleeping bag, buy new clothes, or just, you know, deal.

Jeff said...

The same thing happens to the oil companies. Every winter they jack up prices on home heating oil because of "unexpected demand" because you know it's like cold and stuff (yeah, go figure), and every summer there is unexpected demand for gas as everybody heads off for vacation. You'd think they would have learned to predict the demand, but every year it's the same story.

jeff-h said...

I'm with Michael. 15 mph can be justified occasionally. But just because the weather man said it would be crappy out doesn't mean that you need to drive 15 mph when the roads are just wet. Drive to the conditions of the road not what the weather man said was possible for the day. I followed a Jeep and Tundra the other morning -- they were going 35 in a 45 and the roads were just wet. Not slippery at all.

Also, to those who feel the need to turn their flashers on -- please stop. We all know it's shitty out.

Marva said...

This is due to denial of global warming in some parts. On the west coast, we rarely get snow or ice around Christmas, so we can't be blamed to expect more of the same.

Unfortunately, the climate is changing and it will take a bit before people get used to the idea.

Hotter summers, colder winters. More hurricanes and tornadoes.

It's not nice to screw with Mother Nature.

You live on the east coast and expect crap in December. We on the left coast do not, but we'd better get used to it.

leesmiley said...

Forget holiday travel, I'm just trying to get back and forth to work! I had to navigate around a 25 car pile-up on my commute this morning, which would be expected if I lived in Michigan. Instead, I live in Tennessee where the most ice we usually see is what comes in our glasses of sweet tea.

Cathy in AK said...

I'm one of the folks whose travel plans were screwed by the snow in Seattle. Instead of already being in NY with my family, we won't leave here until Friday, arriving on Saturday. (We hope so, anyway.) A friend left here on Saturday and got stuck in Juneau then Anchorage. She won't depart for DC until today, arriving sometime tomorrow

Am I upset that my visit is essentially cut in half? You betcha. But winter travel is a crap shoot. No one can "answer" for it. Do those people looking for someone to blame (or as I read elsewhere, looking to start a class action against an airline because it ran out of de-icer--seriously?) think the airlines WANT airport loads of travelers screaming and crying?

Turn off the news shows, pop in a good movie, and dose the eggnog.

Happy holidays.

Sex Mahoney for President said...

I get angry when I watch American TV, too. Luckily, they shut off the TVs at 9 PM in the bus station where I sleep.

Sex Mahoney for President

Ladysmith said...

Down here in Florida, this happens every time it rains. Which in the summer is EVERY day!!! You'd think these people had never seen water from the sky before!

We call this the phenomenon of water-soluble driving skills...