Flying America’s Friendly Skies…

Writing about both legs of a plane trip being among life’s most memorable experiences is unlikely. A medical emergency flying out and a fire engine on the return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport helped to make it so.

I was en route to interview for an interim position at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. During American Airlines’ Flight 306 to Indianapolis, a flight attendant’s announcement was jarring. “We have a medical emergency. Is there a doctor on board…a nurse…any health professional?” (She stopped short of settling for anyone who’d stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.)

Learning the emergency was over and that a physician had responded, I joked, “I’m a doctor of philosophy, and almost raised my hand.” She was ready for my “outside-the-box” comment. “No bother,” she answered, “The passenger’s illness was physical, not philosophical.” Well, all righty then, thought I….


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