Doing Everything But Pilot

Flying out of El Dorado, Arkansas

With J.J. Kwashnak

August 2004

In his extensive travels, NOT has visited some of the largest and busiest airports in the world. But sometimes you end up flying out of the smaller airports too. When returning from a visit to Louisiana, he found himself flying out of the airport in El Dorado, Arkansas.

When he got to the airport, it was quiet. Too quiet. He went to the front door just as someone came along and unlocked it. He followed the gentleman in, only to watch him disappear into the back.

He soon reappeared behind the counter of Mesa Airlines and took care of NOT's ticket.

NOT settled down in the (empty) waiting room to await boarding of his flight. He was soon joined by several others awaiting the same flight. They had to be on the same flight - it's the only one out of the airport that day. Soon the sound of an airplane approaching was heard, and the Mesa desk was closed, as the attendant went outside to guide the plane in.  Once the plane had taxied to the lone terminal, he greeted people deplaning, and then proceeded to unload that luggage and load ours. Finally, after we were all boarded, he again grabbed the lights and guided us back out onto the runway for our trip.  About the only things this Mesa employee didn't do was pilot the plane or pump the gas (a second worker showed up for that).  Let's see them try *that* at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport!

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Photos by J.J. Kwashnak

Last Updated November 2004