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As usual, Lane is right on. Her column undoubtedly will stimulate readers' own stories. Here is one of mine.
In addition to my own flying, I am a United frequent flyer on business; United is the only major carrier that pipes ATC communications into the entertainment system and I always listen. My flight was taxiing for departure at O'Hare on a busy, rainy evening and the ground control frequency was congested with multiple instructions, questions, and stepped-on transmissions. Suddenly the controller, a woman, snapped something like "All right, everybody listen up! Nobody reply, just do it! United 123 hold for company then left at Juliet, taxi to the gate. American 456, left, right, left. Air Wisconsin 789, do this, that, then that" and continued for several more aircraft. At the end there were a few seconds of silence, followed by a pair of male voices: "Still got yours?" "Dunno, afraid to look." Then laughter before someone said "Great work, Ground."
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