February 16, 2008
Dull, Duller, Dulles: Accents and Airports
A bit of a lighter subject than recent events call for, since our Lebanon Expert Panel colleagues are nowhere to be found even as Imad Mughniyah pulls a Matthew 26:52, with spectacular success. Anyway, some details of the following story are changed but the upshot actually happened some weeks back: person of MENA background says to me in D.C. area: "Am feeling sick. Can you pick up my favorite cousin flying in from Amman, Jordan today?" "Sure." Few minutes later, a follow up: "Um, it appears he's landed already, but he's in Dallas, Texas. Apparently, the travel agents over in Jordan heard him ask for Dulles Airport, and sent him on a plane to Dallas. " True story, anyone experience same or similar? And what's Arabic for "D'oh!"?
Posted by Matthew Hogan at February 16, 2008 12:41 AM
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That is bad. My Arabic word for such an event would be "khara" along with a phone call to the travel agent filled with phrases that ended with "omak".
Posted by: Abu Sinan at February 19, 2008 01:01 PM
You know, it could have happened to anybody.
Several years ago, in the days of much more lenient airport security, there was some guy trying to get from LA in California to Oakland California. He ended up on a flight to Aukland, New Zealand.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 22, 2008 09:49 PM