Just by coincidence that night at the Diodos Cafe in Monastiraki we ran into a couple from the flight and we discussed the incident. We agreed that the USAir stewardess completely overreacted. The situation had been resolved and everyone was happy so what was the point of kicking this poor old man off the plane? Because he yelled "I am not yelling"? That seems kind of extreme. Greeks yell all the time. That's how they communicate when they are excited.
They are an emotional people. The woman had a right to have her bag where she could see it. Maybe it had her life's savings in it or all her jewelry. Imagine how this poor old guy felt, kicked off the plane and separated from his wife. And what about the old woman alone in Athens airport not knowing what to do. It was really a tragedy.
If USAir can't deal with the Greek personality any better than that then they should not fly to Greece. Its not as if this guy was a danger. He was just an old man, upset because his wife was upset. And now I am upset again just thinking about it. And I am mad at myself too for not standing up and sticking up for them though actually I was as surprised as they were when the woman from security came to get them. Maybe I thought they were being moved to another
section. It did not seem possible to be kicked off a flight for such a minor thing. But in the now unfriendly skies, passengers are kept on a short leash. So no matter how bad things get up there hold your tongue. You can complain after you land.
Athens is beautiful. Not too hot in the day and perfect at night. I was going to tell you about all the stuff that has happened but when I think of it there is nothing to say except that we go out to dinner, meet people, talk, laugh, drink, eat and have fun and wonder why it took so long to come back here. Its Agios Pnevmatos, the saint day for the Holy Spirit, which is to Greece as Memorial Day weekend is to America so all the Athenians are in the islands
or in their villages and the streets of Athens are empty. A great time to be here, like Easter or the week of August 15th. Tomorrow we go to Kea. There are posters up all over Athens for a concert of Leonard Cohen and Phillip Glass but it was the night before we got here. The Euro-cup soccer tournament is going on but Greece has lost twice and unless something miraculous happens they won't be repeating as European Champions.