Reported as a true story:
When you're on "reserve" with an airline, you fly when they tell you to fly. Being unable to be contacted is a lesser offense than refusing or missing an assigned trip.
This captain gets an "A" for his creativity in avoiding an assignment. When crew scheduling woke him up at 3 A.M. to assign him to a 5 A.M. departure, he passed the phone to his wife and said in a voice loud enough for them to hear on the other end, "Here, darling, I think it's someone calling for your husband."
Crew scheduling omitted the usual question and answer period.
From the book "Cabin Pressure" by Liz Harwell and Corylee Spiro Copyright 1989 St. Martins Press Reproduced with permission of the authors. All typos and any inaccuracies are the fault of the submitter, not Harwell and Spiro.
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