It’s Sunday morning as I sit here in this San Francisco airport café, having just arrived on my flight from Portland for this week’s WWDC. The flight itself was fine–the air was smooth, the plane was lightly loaded, and I had an entire row to myself. Without being in first class, it just doesn’t get much better than that!
However, just before we pushed back from the gate in Portland, I heard this on the plane’s PA system: “Rob Griffiths, please press your flight attendant call button.” Uh oh. Talk about a quick way to elevate one’s heart rate–nothing like an on-board page to accomplish that! A sampling of thoughts that ran through my head: “Uh oh, what happened to one of our kids!?” … “I bet I left something at home, like my luggage, and my wife is calling to let me know” … “They figured out that their online check-in tool shouldn’t have let me move from the cheap seats up into Economy Plus?” [I was able to jump from row 22 to row 8 without any trouble] … “Was there something in my carry-ons that they’ve just now discovered to be dangerous?” … “Someone saw me taking pictures of the airplanes from the concourse windows and called security” … “I always wondered what happens when someone is asked to press their flight attendant call button; looks like I get to find out!”
After all that (and more) had run through my head for a couple of minutes, the flight attendant showed up and simply said: “Ah, thank you–we just wanted to make sure you were on the plane. Didn’t want to leave without you!” Whew, no emergency, no trouble. But then I began to wonder…how come they didn’t already know I was on the plane? After all, I had handed them my boarding pass at the top of the jetway, they had scanned it through their boarding system, and I heard the thing go “beep.”
The only thing I can think of is that by jumping from steerage into Economy Plus (or whatever my airline calls it), I somehow confused their system. Perhaps the gate agent did something special to let me claim my ‘upgraded’ seat–the flight was quite empty after all–and that somehow ‘lost’ me in the system? Whatever the reason, it was just a bit disconcerting to find myself ‘lost’ in an airplane despite having had my boarding pass scanned prior to boarding!
In any event, I’m here now, and have a free day to explore the city and its surroundings and take some pictures with the new camera. Tomorrow things get busy, with the (public) keynote talk in the morning and then a number of “state of the union” presentations in the afternoon, and a reception in the evening. I’m hoping that there are at least one or two real ‘wow’ secret features revealed in Leopard, as I’m not overly impressed at the moment (based on the features shown on Apple’s OS X pages). We’ll know one way or the other in about 24 hours!