Albert learns that some passenger requests are best ignored


(Frost’s Ornithopter 1902)

Albert is excited to have been asked to speak at a conference in Budapest on the ‘The Importance of Loneliness.’  Albert is delighted to be going, but less keen on flying there. Sitting on the plane before take-off he explains his concerns to a member of the cabin crew.

‘You know,’ Albert says, ‘I’d find the whole flying thing a good deal more convincing if the wings could flap up and down a bit rather than just sticking out so rigidly. This air pressure explanation makes absolutely no sense to me.’

The air steward, whose first language might not be English, frowns and nods his head solemnly.

‘I will speak in a moment with the captain,’ he says.  ‘See now what we will do.’