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From mitbbs:
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看到前面东航的事情,我也来说说前些日子回国的遭遇。
我是坐UA由别处到chicago再回上海的,在我这个地方check-in
的时候,不知怎么搞的就没有给我chicago到上海这一段的正式机票,
只是一张confirmation,工作人员说,到时候一定会有位子的,我也
没多想。到了chicago,被告知票子卖得太多了,现在没有位子,要我
等20分钟看看,当时距离飞机起飞还有40分钟。我当时挺着急,但是
这样的事情听过不少,倒还没到出离愤怒的地步。就站在柜台边等
叫我的名字。过了15分钟,形势开始不对,这时候来的人,航空公司
都是一句话,没位子了,今天走不了了,等明天吧。可是很可气的是
他们不一视同仁,老外来了(这里指看上去肯定不是亚裔的那种),
绝对是有位子的,机票立马给你。中国人来了,先说没有位子,然后
问是不是绿卡,如果是,位子又有了,而像我们这种F1,或者探亲
旅游访友的,就绝对绝对地没有票子。看着这些人的嘴脸,我心里
那个气呀,尤其这些UA的工作人员都是黄皮肤,黑眼睛,说中国话
的中国人呀!
回到国内,唯一不开心的经历就是在大使馆,那些中国保安的
嘴脸,想必大家也见识过了,尤其是他们对一些拿探亲签证的老人
家,人家年纪大,不懂英文,也许连普通话都说不好,就更应该
多帮帮忙的,但是那些人那个凶,那个不耐烦,呼呼赫赫的,让人
看了心寒。我去拿签证的时候,发现签证上有些错误,去找保安,
本来只想问问有什么电话或者人我可以去找找问问的,却招来了
一顿骂。我很委屈,老爸说,只有白痴才跟这些人理论讲道理的,
我为此还跟老爸争了起来,可是现在想想,我是不是有点白痴啊?
我爱自己的国家和同胞,只是对这些人,实在无话可说了,只
是不明白,也许这些人不工作的时候,也是挺正常的,但是为什么
一工作就换成了那样的嘴脸,sigh…
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Comments:
I think it’s an extreme case. For international travel it’s a good idea to confirm the ticket before heading to airport. This applies to Southwest airline domestic travel too. Nowadays you can confirm the ticket online.

I don’t have Green Card either. Although I don’t have exact same experience, I felt there is some difference between PR and non-PR : I could not exchange the RMB back to USD at Bank of China; they look at my docuements more carefully when I checked out from “Chu Jing Chu” and airline counter. It’s ironic when I came back into US, because I had this thing called “advanced parole”, I got to lined up with Green Card holder (faster lane) and processed before visa holders.

I think there are always people who judge other people by the appearance, status, wealth, etc. What we need to do is we treat other people fairly; and when we felt we were treated very unfairly, complain and seek courses if necessary.

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