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What's wrong with airline passengers these days?

I haven't been flying a lot since the pandemic began. I've probably only taken 2 or 3 airplane rides since early 2020. I have however, heard quite a few stories about unruly passengers disrupting flights with stupid aggressive behaviors and have certainly seen the videos.

I was flying out west last week and about two hours into the flight, the flight attendants were pushing the drink/snack cart from front to back for the second time. I was about 7 seats from then back of the plane when this woman, probably in her fifties, but looked older due to a weathered face started bitching and complaining about not being able to use the restrooms in the front of the plane because the cart was blocking the aisle. They asked her to please use the restrooms in the back. She stood next to me complaining and swearing about how the line was so long and that she had to wait, and every other word was F-this, F-that directed at the flight attendants.

Eventually, the flight attendants made their way next to my seat. And just about then, this woman came up behind them and demanded that they move because they had told her to use the restrooms in the back. The flight attendant was nice to her right up to the moment this woman let go a "Fucking Bitch!" comment at her.

The more than capable flight attendant took this woman all the way to the back of the plane and read her the riot act. This passenger was either already drunk or was the crassest piece of white trash I have ever come across or both. The flight attendants moved their cart all the way back and told her to go to her seat and stay put or else.

I was stunned and so was my adult son who was sitting across the aisle from me. We couldn't believe what we just witnessed. What is wrong with these people? There needs to be a no-fly, one-strike policy for people like this individual.

The pattern that I have seen in society since Trump unleashed these morons on the rest of us is that these people think that their uneducated opinions and crass behaviors are their right. They act exactly like spoiled children. The more freedom they think they have, the more abusive they feel they can be. Any parent worth their salt would correct that behavior immediately and not let them ramp it up. Very disturbing trend in this country.

A cautionary tale about your next hospital visit

I have an upcoming surgery and got a call from the hospital from their financial estimates department to let me know how much I was going to have to pay out-of-pocket before the surgery and they wanted to know if I would like to pay the amount in full now or when I arrived the day of the surgery.

I was shocked to hear that my upfront costs were going to be over $2,100 since my co-pay for any hospital procedure at a Tier I in-network facility was only suppose to be $275. I declined to make any payment at the time of the call and hung up and called my health insurer. Now I have pretty good insurance and after speaking to the customer service people I was told that indeed my co-pay was $275 and they couldn't figure out what the extra $1,800+ charges were for. They did let me know that any over payments would be returned to me eventually. I just had to shell out the 1800 bucks and wait for them to return it at some point.

So, I called the hospital financial estimates office back and asked why my upfront out-of-pockets cost were so high. To my surprise, they said that they were charging a 10% advanced payment for a 23 hour observation period after surgery cost which of course the insurance company would pay for. They quickly removed the additional charge and dropped my out-of-pocket cost to the co-pay amount of $275 that it should have been in the first place.

I have to wonder how many elderly or extremely sick people there are that don't have the ability to figure out what they are being told by these smooth talking liars. I would have had to wait months for the insurance to pay the hospital and then wait even longer for the hospital to refund my $1,800 if they ever did. You are only responsible for your co-pay. You do not have to supplement the insurance payment because the hospital would like you to. They never tell you that. Universal Health Care NOW!
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