A buddy of mine was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly the plane stopped in Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft, the plane would reboard in 30 minutes. Everybody got off the plane except one gentleman who was blind.

My Buddy had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the man was blind because his Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him throughout the entire flight. He could also tell he had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached him, and calling him by name, said:

— Keith, we’re in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?

The blind guy replied:

— No thanks, but maybe the dog would like to stretch his legs.

Picture this: All the people in the gate area came to a complete quiet standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with the Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

Remember, things aren’t always as they appear…

Vocabulary Help

  • buddy – amigo, colega
  • flight attendant – aeromoça
  • delay – atraso
  • get off – sair
  • blind – cego
  • Seeing Eye Dog – cão guia de cegos
  • underneath – sob
  • seat – poltrona
  • flight – vôo
  • stretch – esticar
  • picture this – imagine só
  • walk off the plane – sair do avião
  • sunglasses – óculos escuros
  • scattered – espalhar, dispersar