“Welcome to Airline Delay Jeopardy the game that costs you time , patience and maybe a few years of your life.
“Lets welcome our next contestant Dan. He is an engineer from Colorado. Welcome to Airline Delay Jeopardy Dan.”
“Thanks Alex but they know who I am, I was just here.”
“Oh contraire Dan. It may look like the same set as our other game “Airline Fee Jeopardy” but the stakes are quite different. You will be risking your precious time , patience and perhaps your entire trip.”
“I suppose you want me to be excited about that also Alex?”
“ Of course Dan. What could be more invigorating than the apprehension you feel from your first flight delay to finally boarding, perhaps hours and even days in the future.”
“Yea , be still my beating heart Alex”.
“Are you ready to play Dan?”
“ Do I have a choice Alex?”
“No , No you don’t Dan so put on your big boy pants and lets play “Airline Delay Jeopardy.”
“Um, yeah they’re on, my pants that is. Oh yea, lets play”.
“Now you’re talking Dan. So pick a category.”
“Lets go with “What Else Could Go Wrong “ for 50 Alex.”
“Good Choice Dan.”
“It’s the only category Alex.”
“Yes but none the less, here is your question”. “Dan you are traveling from Washington Dulles and your plane has changed gates. What obstacles await you”
“The new gate is not near a bar Alex?”
“Funny Dan but that is not the correct form or answer. Remember to answer in the form of a question.
The correct answer Dan would be “What is to get to the new gate you must either go back through security or take a shuttle that will take you to the new gate. Once you get there you will find that the gate assignment has been changed back to the original gate. I hope you like shuttle busses Dan”.
“But I am not going to DC Alex.”
“Well lets face it, your final destination is a crapshoot Dan.”
“Quickly choose your next question Dan, we have more people to delay.”
“God forbid I get in the way of that Alex. I will choose , hmm, how about the next question in the same category for 100 Alex.”
“I sense sarcasm Dan.”
“Who me? Of course not, it’s more closer to smarminess”.
“Dan you are flying out of Kansas City. What exciting reason for a delay could be headed your way?”
“Your definition of exciting is different from mine Alex so I have no clue.”
“ Now you’re not even trying Dan.”
“Yea I’m sorry Alex, when it comes to airport delays I’m an underachiever.”
“Well Dan in this case your delay is due to your plane has no potable water. You can’t go anywhere when your bathrooms are out-of-order Dan.”
“Apparently you also have a different definition of potable Alex, unless you are traveling with your dog.”
“Now that you mention it Dan, it really is more smarminess than sarcasm. Choose your last question Dan. “
“Oh goody Alex. I choose……the next question for 150.”
“Dan you are traveling from Denver to Kansas City ,what uncomfortable situation could you be in?” “Well Alex, the fact that we are finally following my flight plan tells me that I am in for another delay. I hope it’s just a slight one”
“Well Dan you would be kind of, sort of, wrong. When you get to the airport you discover that your plane has changed gates. This in itself is just a minor inconvenience. When you get to the gate you find out that the plane has been delayed by 15 minutes.”
“So I was right Alex.”
“Dan haven’t you learned by now? It’s the old bait and switch. Once you get on the plane , runway delays will cause it to increase to 40 minutes.”
“Well that is still not too bad.”
“Your a half full kind of guy aren’t you Dan. There is one more part to this answer. There is no cool air flowing through the cabin and your plane is waiting with the sun shining on your side of the plane and from what I hear you’re a human furnace.”
“Oh swell Alex. That’s sarcasm by the way. I am having a hard time trying to fill the glass on this one Alex.”
“Let me help you with that Dan. This is a great chance to enjoy a sauna that you would normally pay for.”
“ I am paying for it Alex. Believe me , I’m paying for it.”