These are from a Washington, D.C. travel
agent with 30 years experience working with our congressmen and
women. It will definitely give you pause to wonder how laws ever get
passed if you didn't already wonder!!
I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that
her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (think she
I got a call from a Candidate's Staffer, who wanted to go to
Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the
passport information then she interrupted me with, "I'm not
trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in
Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly
explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in
Her response ... (click).
Senior Vermont Congressman 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 Lawmakers Wife who asked, "Is it possible
to see England from Canada?"
I said, "No."
She said, "But they look so close on the map."
An aide for a Clinton cabinet member once called and asked if they
could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I
noticed they had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas.
When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard
Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between
the gates to save time."
An Illinois Congresswoman called last week.
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 New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do airlines put your
physical description on your bag so they know who's luggage belongs
I said, "No, why do you ask?"
She replied, "Well, when I checked in with it, they put a tag
on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight, I think that is
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, CA is (FAT), and that the airline was just
putting a destination tag on her luggage.
A Senator's Aide called in inquiring about a trip 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
I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman who asked,
"How do I know which plane to get on?"
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, "I was
told my flight number is 823, but none of these darn planes have
numbers on them."
A Lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola,
FL. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?"
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane.
She said, "Yeah, whatever!!"
A Senior Senator 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 don'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 New Mexico Congresswoman called to make reservations, "I want
to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York." the agent was at a loss
Finally, the agent: "Are you sure that's the name of the
"Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady.
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 Rhino anywhere."
The lady 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," she admitted!!!
…… Should we be worried about the state of the union?