Have you ever run DOWN an escalator that was going UP? Well, I did at Tampa Airport last week. Here's what happened:
Last Wednesday I was scheduled to fly from Tampa through Dallas to Phoenix on American Airlines. I just got back from Chicago day before. It was a very busy week for me.
Usually I fly United Airlines but I just fired them. I'm not a spoiled brat or upper crust in any way. But I do like to treat myself and upgrade to first class once in a Blue Moon.
United Airlines has managed to p_ _ _ off most of their Executive Premier status flyers with introduction of "Ted," and elimination first-class upgrades when flying from Tampa.
Back to story. I'm checking in for my American Airlines flight, using self check-in terminal. As soon as I swipe my credit card they know who I am. The screen shows my itinerary and YIPPEE - my upgrade request for both legs of flight to Phoenix have been approved.
I got so excited, it's been so long since I sat up in front of an airplane, I grabbed boarding pass and headed for UP escalator.
I'm holding my Driver's License and Dallas boarding pass, when I get this sinking feeling in my gut. I only have one of boarding passes I need to complete both legs of trip. YIKES!
I look back and can see computer terminal I just left. There were three people hovering around it - but I could clearly see my second boarding pass still in computer terminal.
I turned around and I'm one third of way up to next level - and no one is behind me. I grabbed my briefcase and carry-on suitcase and started running DOWN UP escalator.
It was actually exhilarating until I reached bottom and jumped. Fortunately I made it. I went back to computer terminal and could see my name on boarding pass so I grabbed it.