So I am going on vacation. I have all the Vacation days in at work and have told my trade partner what is going on so he can adjust his days if need be. I am packed, the travel arrangements are made, rental car, hotel, etc. Everyone has wished me a happy, relaxing vacation which I plan on having. There is only one part of the vacation that I know I will have trouble relaxing on: the flight.
I don't know if it's me or if other mechanics have trouble flying. I'm not afraid to fly or have any concerns about the plane breaking down or turbulence or anything like that. The thing that gets me about flying is that I find myself looking for broken items in the cabin or out the window on the wings, etc. It's crazy I know but I can't help myself. When I see some lady try to use a reading light and the damn thing doesn't work it ticks me off. Back in the day when we could carry a Leatherman on board I could help out and fix a few things when we landed. Now that TSA has classified everyone as "guilty until proven innocent" I can't even fix the little stupid things I find that bother me. Now I have to sit and stew about the broken tray table latch or galley drawer that is broken.
I will once again try to sleep or read instead of letting my mind wander about the interior of the plane but I'm sure I will have little success. Even when I fly in the cockpit I can't help but look around and there have been times that I've found things that are not right but that the crew didn't notice. In any event I will let you guys know if I notice anything.