26 responses

  1. Andy Hayes
    July 1, 2013

    Wow, those ‘elite services’ keep getting better and better. :-)

  2. Brett
    July 1, 2013

    It’s an all too familiar tale that give pilots a bad name. I was sitting in an FBO (corporate jet terminal) one night and overheard a pilot chatting up the cute, front-desk CSR. She eventually caved in and decided to meet this guy at his hotel’s bar. Swear to God on a trip back to this airport several months later, she was several months pregnant! Who knows the true story, but can’t help but feel a bit icky about the whole situation.

  3. TravelBloggerBuzz
    July 1, 2013

    Wow, what a persistent casanova this dude was! I think I will share this tomorrow with my readers…email me if you do NOT want for any reason.

    Offer for mile high club??…wow, guess these US Air pilots go the distance for the airline’s elites:-)

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman
      July 1, 2013

      Keri is probably asleep around now (she’s over in Asia) but I’ll try to catch her just to make sure she saw this comment. (I’d assume it’s fine if you don’t hear otherwise)

  4. Edward
    July 1, 2013

    This is an incredible story. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tocqueville
    July 1, 2013
  6. DaninSTL
    July 1, 2013

    Even if he wasn’t engaged it seems a little weird. I always tell my kids you don’t meet the person you should marry in a bar after midnight. I guess I’ll have to add airplanes to that :)

  7. PH
    July 1, 2013


  8. AweLit
    July 1, 2013

    Meh. He pretty clearly thought you were interested when you went the “You’re engaged… but let’s still do late night workouts” route. Yeah, he’s a sleazebag, but you did nothing to turn it down. All the calls (to check on the weather? really?) obviously led him to believe that you weren’t put off by the ‘engaged’ thing.

  9. Ron
    July 2, 2013

    You’re what we call a C@&% tease. What girl spends so much time talking to a guy who is engaged?

    And you considered him your personal weatherman? Pluheeze. Like an engaged pilot has nothing better to do than give you the weather report.

    Clueless twit.

  10. s
    July 2, 2013

    Entertaining story, but your level of naïveté is astonishing!

    • Keri Anderson
      July 2, 2013

      Yeah, definitely not naive any more :-( Never been in a situation where someone thought “not interested” meant “yes”

  11. DD
    July 2, 2013

    Sorry sister… everything after you realized he was engaged is on you. The whole “he led me down the garden path” is an insult to women. Own your mistakes – don’t blame them on others, learn from them and move on.

  12. Really Lady
    July 2, 2013

    You are such a stupid woman. First you do all of that, second you regret several parts of it and third you publish your stupidity and complain about your co-star in this maid for TV bore-feast.

  13. Mike
    July 2, 2013

    So an older pilot is talking to a young lady at a cocktail party and mentions how hard it is for an old guy to meet women. Curious, the woman asks him when the last time he had sex was. He replied, “2002.”

    “My goodness,” says the woman. “That’s so long ago!”

    “I guess,” says the pilot, “but it’s only…” (glances at watch) “2008 now!”

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman
      July 2, 2013


  14. Hannah
    July 2, 2013

    Let me get this straight…you flirt with a guy on a plane, find out he’s engaged, and instead of never talking to him again, you regularly speak with him on the phone (where he often comes close to crossing the line!), and even meet up with him for gym dates. And you are surprised when he makes continued advances? We all saw that ending coming. Actions speak louder than words. When you say you’re not interested, but continue pursuing a relationship (try weather.com if you want weather updates), it’s your fault, not his. I have to believe you enjoyed the attention and knew exactly what path you were going down, because you couldn’t possibly be that naive.

  15. RogerWilco
    July 3, 2013

    So – you meet a nice guy on the plane, chat each other up. So far so everyday. You are obviously attracted to him, as you give him your phone number.

    You then look him up on FB and find he’s engaged, but hey, who cares? What follows is that you lead him up on the garden path and take offence when he interprets your signals as any sane person would.

    Moral of the story – “avoid United”

  16. ed
    July 4, 2013

    Yeah, I’m not impressed by your story. Where he went wrong is that he cold-called you with a proposition. Obviously you wouldn’t go for that. I agree with Hannah here. If I had to guess though, he just said “what the hell, better go over this girl by sabotaging it.” Nothing here seems specific to him being a pilot.

  17. rich
    July 4, 2013

    The guy was a creep but anyone who kept talking to him and didn’t immediately end some of those phone conversations obviously had at least part of her intrigue by the suggestions. Once someone suggested having sex in the dark and you continued to talk to him isn’t naivety but someone looking for attention.

  18. Jeffsetter
    July 5, 2013

    Good story. I think that this is a fairly common occurrence (watch the movie up in the air), but I’ve never really known this to happen to people IRL. Easy for others to comment on naivety in retrospect, but it all sounds harmless for the most part.

  19. Eric Auxier
    July 12, 2013

    I’m sorry you had this ugly experience. The vast majority of pilots are normal people who love their spouse and family.
    I cringe any time someone shares an “icky” story like this. It’s just like someone saying to me, “Oh, you’re an airline pilot? My aunt’s mailman’s cousin was in a plane crash” or some such…giving the impression that planes crash all the time!

    Not all pilots are pigs…

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman
      July 13, 2013

      I agree with you–my father-in-law is a pilot!

  20. Cacinda Maloney
    July 12, 2013

    I agree with Jeffsetter. Dismiss all those lame A$$#$ that are calling you naive. It is easy for them to comment in retrospect. Commenters have nothing to lose, except to let the hate drool from their lips.
    PS sent this link on to my friend Captain Aux who works for US Airways and has an aviation blog, as I’m sure he will have something to say about this!

  21. Greg
    September 22, 2013

    I have to say, those of you coming down on the author are a little harsh and narrow minded. I am married, but worked in a female dominated profession. A GOOD number of my close friends are female, including one I dated 25 years ago, still friends today. Once the discussions became OBVIOUSLY sexual, she bailed, kudos to her. I feel you did nothing wrong and hope our paths cross so I can talk flying and show you pics of my wife and kids!

  22. Williej
    September 28, 2013

    Must be a “slowwwww news day” if your going to jeopardize that pilots career by “RATTING” on his and yours “personal conversations”!

    Stop pretending that you just ” fell off of the turnip truck”!

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