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April 28, 2005

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The head steward was introducing himself to each passenger seated in first class, asking if they were familiar with all the seat and video controls. When he reached me in 2A, he asked if we had done this before -- then stopped himself as he broke into a small smile. "I was going to ask you if you were familiar with all the controls and capabilities of the seat ... but I think I don't have to, as this ..." he reached to pull the plastic wrap I had jammed into an open drawer, " ... is not an ashtray. It's your video cassette player."