"In April 1992, I sat across the aisle from Hillary Clinton on a tiny charter plane, flying from Pittsburgh to a campaign event in Erie, PA. It was right before the Clintons received Secret Service protection, so an Arkansas state trooper was on the plane with me, Mrs. Clinton, and two of her regular traveling staff members. What I remember most about the trip was that we flew through a lightning storm and Mrs. Clinton managed to sleep through it.This is a photo that one of my co-workers took right before we boarded the plane in the background. And we both wore headbands" (Source).
"Think of one of your favorite famous professionals whether it be athletes, musicians, actors, etc. Then imagine sitting right behind them on your flight. As a proud Canadian, my sport of choice was hockey. I played competitively for many years, against teams from all over the world. I played hockey on ice, on the road, on fields, on the driveway and in the basement. I also watched a lot of hockey. My whole life revolved around hockey. Saturday evenings were always the same, sitting in front of the television with my family watching Hockey Night in Canada. I grew up in Toronto, and have been a Leafs fan my whole life, but I went to precious few games. Tickets were expensive, generally unavailable and the cost was not in the family budget.I digress, back to the flight. I was running late for my flight and got there just in time before they closed the gate. I walked down the tunnel, turned the corner and was greeted be the flight crew. As I walked down the aisle I couldn't help but notice a large group of large (tall and well built) young men. I immediately thought hockey players, but there are thousands of players in the Toronto area. As I looked closer I started to recognize faces. I was like, holy shit, this is the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club. I changed from a 30 year old banker to a young child all excited about my good fortune. I was trying to figure out how I could approach someone on the team, or who I could approach. While we were in the air, I asked the Flight Attendant for her opinion. She said she would see what she could do. I would say from the picture below she did an awesome job helping me" (Source).
"When I checked in for my flight back to the US, the agent made a comment that I would travel in very good company, but somehow that didn't register in my mind. It was a Wednesday and I never fly on Wednesdays, but this time was different. My wife said I had to be back for our daughter's kindergarten graduation. I said you have to be kidding -- there is no such thing, kindergarten is not a degree. But I quickly realized that I was not going to win this argument by being rational so I changed my ticket and headed to the airport. After going through security and passport control I arrived at the Admirals Club. In some countries American Airlines has a separate section for First Class and I noticed the staff was unusually excited, but again I didn't think much of it. I sat down on a sofa and about 10 minutes later it happened. A big guy comes in, accompanied by a woman from American Airlines, and he has the back to me as I hear her saying 'I will come back when the flight is ready to board'. He puts the suitcase to the side and sits down at about a 45 degree angle from me at another sofa. He was pulling things out of his bulky laptop briefcase when I saw his face. I was dumbfounded, but now the weird behavior from the airline staff made sense. It was not some third-rate celebrity or retired basketball player -- it was Al Gore. His climate initiatives and subsequent Nobel Prize made him very liked outside the US. After the initial excitement I quickly started scanning the rather small lounge. There was only a pale guy who looked like some type of staff assistant who came in with him and retired to the corner to look at his Blackberry. I thought where is the secret service? But there was clearly nobody else and that made me sad" (Source).
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