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JSpira 07-25-2012 07:56 PM

Wonderful Profile of a GA in the WSJ
One of the most interesting things about this article is that its genesis was a letter from a passenger to the WSJ...

Amid the Kiosks, Elite Treatment From a Gate Agent


As American Airlines Flight 825 to Miami boarded, Rocco Angelo calmly waited for a first-class upgrade even though everything appeared full.

"Ellen always takes care of me," he insisted.

Sure enough, a first-class customer in seat 5B had changed plans but hadn't yet canceled his ticket on Flight 825. American gate agent Ellen Heberer called the passenger, heard about his change of plans, and then handed a boarding pass for 5B to Mr. Angelo. "Here you go, my dear," Ms. Heberer said to the university dean from Florida, confessing later that when Mr. Angelo said he'd known her for years, she had to pretend to remember him.

In the kiosk era of self-service travel, when travelers often think customer service flew away with airline meals and free checked bags, Ms. Heberer is a rarity...

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The Other Tom 07-26-2012 05:02 PM

Thanks for posting the article. We need more people in the world like her.

X3 Skier 07-28-2012 01:05 AM

Met many similar gate agents with her attitude. :thumbup:

OTOH, I have met a few others who would fit in quite well at Stalag Luft 3. :eek:


JSpira 07-28-2012 01:27 AM


Originally Posted by X3 Skier (Post 6976910)

OTOH, I have met a few others who would fit in quite well at Stalag Luft 3. :eek:


I presume you mean Luftstalag 13 - did you mean he would make a good agent?

X3 Skier 07-28-2012 05:39 AM


Originally Posted by JSpira (Post 6976915)
I presume you mean Luftstallag 13

Nope, I really did mean Stalag Luft 3 of "The Great Escape" where a friend of mine spent several months as a POW. OTOH, Sgt Schultz would make a fine Sprit Airlines Employee


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