A Bird in the Terminal
At first, the bird flying around the terminal was innocuous, a novelty for bored and unengaged travelers. Most people were too glued to their electronic devices to even notice. The bird had free reign in the terminal as it searched for places to land.
The longer it flew around, the more annoying the large crow had become. It only rested for two or three seconds at a time and then on to a new spot.
A small team of uniformed airport personnel arrived to capture it, but they didn’t know a thing about catching a bird any more than the passengers did. However, they were being paid to catch it so they made a few weak-hearted attempts at grabbing it as it passed.
What was a small nuisance was quickly turning into a full-blown comedy of errors. When one of the workers pulled out a tennis racket, a passenger saw it immediately and went to the crow’s defense.
“You are not going to swat that bird out of the air,” the protesting passenger said.
“Ma’am, get back in your seat while the professionals take care of the situation,” said the man with the tennis racket.
“But, but…You’re no more of a professional than I am.”
“Sit down. Now!”
The lady considered the comment and whether the man had any authority in the matter. Meanwhile, the bird continued seeking resting spots and exit points, swooping closer and closer to the people, who were now leaving the gate area. Away from the intercom, the passengers wouldn’t be able to hear their boarding announcements.
“There it goes,” said Racket Man. “Out the window. Y’all can come back over here now.”
After a few minutes, people started returning to the gate area, satisfied the bird was no longer a threat.
Shortly after the Racket Man made his announcement, airport police arrived shortly with two well-dressed men.
“Sir, please come with us,” one of the officers said to Racket Man.
“We are from the Airport Animal Cruelty League,” one of the other men said. “We have a complaint you’ve been swatting birds with a badminton racket. Please come with us.”
“She’s wrong,” Racket Man said. “It was a tennis racket.”