Last Updated November 22, 1998

The following are actual stories told to travel agents (and you wonder why US citizens generally score less than the rest of the world on geography)...

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 Cape Town. 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 Cape  Town is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make her look like the  stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Cape  Town is in  Africa."  Her response?

A secretary called in looking for hotel in Los Angeles.  She gave me  various names off a list, none of which I could find.  I finally had her  fax me the list.  To my surprise, it was a list of hotels in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She thought the LA stood for Los Angeles, and that  New Orleans was a suburb of L.A.  Worst of all, when I called her back,  she was not even embarrassed.

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 layover 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, to which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these damn  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, "Yea, whatever."

A businessman 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."