Oops, I forgot to mention something about my outbound DTW to IAH flight, the same flight that had the extremely rude passenger. We pull up to the gate at IAH about 35 minutes early but there’s no one to “drive” the jetbridge. The captain comes on the PA and explains that it should be just a few minutes. As luck would have it, sitting in front of me was an off-duty 757 captain, and I guess to some people anyone with a few stripes is worthy of a bitchfest. The guy sitting next to me starts going off on the captain in front of me, saying “This is ridiculous what poor planning you have, this is planning 101. You should be calling ahead to make sure they are ready, it only takes a few seconds, but I guess that’s too much work for you guys. Is it that hard to coordinate even the simplest things? This is why we really don’t like you guys, you need to learn to do a better job at this.” The whole time the 757 captain is standing there patiently nodding his head, and as they guy’s tirade comes to an end, the captain simply says “thanks.”
If I were an airline employee I would never commute in uniform.