his is a tale of four boarding
We were recently subjected to a roundtrip flight within North
America on a single airline that involved a connection in both
So the cast of characters consists of one airline, four segments
and four boarding passes, each of which met a different fate.
On the first segment from origin to hub, we gave the boarding
pass to the gate agent, who ran it through a scanner, tore it in
two and handed us the short end.
At the hub, we handed in our boarding pass for the second
segment, and the gate agent looked at it, entered something on a
keyboard, and gave it back.
At the door of the aircraft, a flight attendant took the
boarding pass, tore it in two and gave us the large portion,
keeping the stub.
On the return flight from the destination to the hub, we gave
the boarding pass to the gate agent, who tore it in two and gave us
On the last segment from hub back to point of origin, the gate
agent took the boarding pass, entered something on a keyboard and
gave the whole thing back.
So, after a trip that was booked entirely on "paperless"
e-tickets, we ended up with three stubs (two short and one long)
plus one intact boarding pass.
Another of life's little mysteries.
San Francisco's flambloyant, fedora-wearing mayor, Willie Brown,
has been great for the city's travel industry, but he's often much
more popular promoting the city while touring the world than he is
For instance, Brown recently accompanied the city's travel
industry and convention and visitors bureau staffers to events in
Chicago and Washington, where meeting planners feasted on crab,
drank California chardonnay and were, from reports, wildly
entertained by a speech from the mayor, who extolled the city's
What are those virtues?
Well, that's where Brown got into some trouble.
San Francisco is such an open-minded, open-hearted city, he told
the crowd in Washington, that "you can do anything you want, even
lie, cheat and steal" and you'll be warmly accepted.
Brown didn't count on a reporter from the San Francisco
Chronicle jotting down notes and the story appearing prominently in
the paper back home.
The mayor got some heat for his comments in a city that's very
sensitive about it's image and often very critical of the mayor's
But John Marks, head of San Francisco's convention and visitors
bureau, said Brown remains one of the city's best assets in
promoting tourism and business travel.
"We couldn't have a better salesman," he said. "He shocks people
and people love it."
We in the travel journalism business know Bill La Macchia Jr. as
the chief executive officer of the Minnesota-based Sun Country
We did not know he was one of "America's Top 50 Bachelors."
Under a headline, "Sexy, Single, Sizzling," the July 2 issue of
People Magazine promises to identify those most eligible bachelors.
La Macchia appears on the list along with lots of actors, athletes
and other famous people.
From the short article about him, we
learned the 35-year-old carries a business card that identifies him
as Sun Country's chief lavatory inspector.
He also says he is the "shiest guy in the world" about asking
women out on dates, but a cousin says he thinks the junior La
Macchia won't marry for awhile because he is trying to do too many
The way Insider figures it, he will -- at the very least -- find
himself even busier, and he may not have to worry about getting up
the courage to ask women out.