He's gotta have it


Cravings. Who doesn't get them? Your taste buds are all set for a certain food and suddenly you've got to have it. That seems to be what happened last week to a Northwest Airlines pilot whose cockpit meal just didn't measure up to expectations.

Of course, all of us have wanted to turn up our noses at airplane food. Most of us usually succumb to its nefarious charms out of sheer boredom. But not this guy. He just got up and left without so much as a "kiss my grits."

Thankfully, the flight hadn't left the ground yet. It was still sitting on a strip of Las Vegas tarmac when the finicky pilot left the controls in search of a hot breakfast. The co-pilot was saddled with the delicate task of informing the passengers that the flight would be delayed indefinitely because his boss deserved a break that day.

Hungry Man did come back an hour or so later, toting a sack of fast food. Passengers are getting discounts and flier miles. The pilot has been grounded while Northwest sorts this thing out. Presumably he's hitting every drive-through window in town, making up for lost time.


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