Former Senate Majority Leader Takes His United Airlines Hatred Public

One of the many not-terribly-happy Tweets from former U.S. Senator Bill Frist to United Airlines.

One of the many not-terribly-happy Tweets from former U.S. Senator Bill Frist to United Airlines.

Here’s a reminder that the airlines hate us all, no matter how wealthy you are or what positions of power you may have held.

Yesterday morning, heart surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist from Tennessee took to Twitter to complain about “miserable service again,” and that his seat on a United Airlines flight had vanished.

When the United Twitter account replied to his complaint by stating that “Every airline reserves the right to adjust seating for operational purposes,” Frist provided more details about his particular problem.

“I booked a first class seat and now I’m in the very last row next to a bathroom that’s in heavy rotation,” griped the former lawmaker.

His proximity to the lavatory provided additional grist for Frist’s Tweets:

“I can confirm that the toilets on this @united flight work! My seat vibrates with each passenger’s visit!,” he wrote, followed by, “I also appreciate what @united is doing to keep the plane’s weight down. Bathroom walls this thin have got to be fuel-saving!”

The bitterness-tinged joking continued with Tweets like, “If anyone gets this intimate w/fellow @United passengers, might as well be surgeon. Though maybe should have introduced myself first,” and “Pro tip: ask your @united flight attendant for a cup of coffee grounds. It might help, and if not, placebo effect?”

Frist eventually made his connecting flight and says he paid to upgrade to business class, but not before asking United, “do you refund passengers for selling seats that don’t exist?”

To which the airline replied, “Could you clarify what non-existent seat was sold to you?”

And the dance goes ’round and ’round…

Unfriendly skies: Bill Frist goes off on United Airlines after rough experience [The Tennesseean]

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  1. mobafett says:

    All legislators that govern this industry should have to travel like the plebs. Maybe then we’ll see some frakking leg room.
    Now if we could only get a lawmaker to develop food allergies! Then maybe we could get some decent labeling laws for hidden ingredients.

    • PhillyDom says:

      He’s not a lawmaker any more.

      He’s not much of an MD, either. (See: Schiavo, Terri, video diagnosis of.)