The beverage cart is rolling up the aisle -- coffee, tea and disbelief. The flight attendants on this evening’s flight are talking about what everybody’s been talking about: the suddenly famous (and suddenly former) Northwest Airlines pilots who made the big boo-boo.
Missing your runway by 100-plus miles will get you talked about, no question about it. Flying on past the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport when Minneapolis-St. Paul is, technically speaking, your “destination” is definitely a conversation starter.
Some of the conversation -- no surprise here -- is a bit waggish, like the longtime friend and lifelong Washingtonian who was impressed most of all by reports that the wayward craft had so completely missed its mark that it actually flew out of Minnesota airspace and into Wisconsin.
It was the first evidence he’d ever come across, he said, that Minnesota and Wisconsin were, in fact, separate places.
Meanwhile, back at 30,000 feet...