Murphy’s Laws of In-Flight Travel

I’ve written before about Murphy’s Law. Murphy must have been an avid traveler, because it seems that every time I’m on the road, something goes wrong. You may have noticed that our Thought for the Weekend is a Thought for the Week today, coming to your inbox on a Monday afternoon, instead of a Friday morning. My travel schedule, combined with a few other unforeseen factors, resulted in this uncharacteristic delay.

Although my business trip was a success, these days, the act of getting across the country and back is rarely a smooth one. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a few of Murphy’s Laws of In-Flight Travel. Then, fasten your seat belts as our Thought for the Weekend will take flight again this Friday morning at its regularly scheduled departure time:

  • If you are running late for a flight, it will depart from the farthest gate within the terminal.
  • If you arrive very early for a flight, it inevitably will be delayed or cancelled.
  • The person with the biggest and heaviest carry-on will decide to put it in your overhead compartment so you will be hit on the head with it when he or she retrieves it.
  • If there are children on the flight, the one that is crying constantly will be seated in your proximity.
  • Only passengers seated in window seats ever have to get up to go to the bathroom.
  • If you need to go to the toilet, the plane will hit turbulence while you are mid-pee, and the pilot will turn on the “Fasten Seat Belts” sign.
  • If you have a short layover, the gate where you land and the gate where your next plane departs will be on opposite sides of the airport.
  • Your luggage will be the last one on the carousel … if it shows up at all.

Stay close to home this week,