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"Tales" From The Tarmac: An astonishing "behind the scenes" anthology of true cases about passengers and ground staff at airports worldwide [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Helena Oxee
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tales From The Tarmac...compelling, "behind the scenes" stories of the outlandish and bizarre interactions and incidents between passengers and ground staff at one of the world's most intimidating airports, New York's JFK and beyond. These actual tales take you on an emotionlal roller coaster, ranging from humorous to crazy, from poignant to the macabre. The author, along with her many colleagues who contributed their amazing stories have years of airport ground experience, both operational and in passenger handling. The readers will undoubtedly relate to many of these tales, as the stories unfold! It's a riveting journey of laughter, tears and total disbelief!

Product Details

  • File Size: 289 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trafford (April 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VA3K6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Severely In Need Of Editing December 13, 2012
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3 Things To Know About This Book

1. This book is severely in need of editing. Word choice, punctuation, grammar--probably the most infractions I have seen in a published book.

2. Her self-absorption grates. "The ground and flight crews called me Morgana claiming I was a Morgan Fairchild lookalike...." "Who was I to argue?" Her disdain for overweight people borders on intolerable: the "calorically challenged" bride and groom enroute to their destination wedding to indulge (sic) in their undeniably favorite pastime, to eat!" and "the porker supervisor ..she was really a pig!" Harsh.

3. Only part of the book features anecdotes from the tarmac-we shift gears to a geopolitical look at Iran and one family's need to flee. And the pilot's job working for the Shah. And the pilot's refueling . And her sister's move to Iran. And her sister's need to depart. Where did the anecdotes go?!?!

Bottom line: The author had the raw materials of something good but wasted them by not seeking editorial help beyond the Spelling Grammar and Thesaurus tools on her computer. Shame.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a disappointment May 27, 2011
By Ginny
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I was also an airline employee, first an agent and later a manager, at JFK for 21 years, and I know some of the people who contributed stories, so I was really excited when I learned of this book. I thought, "This will be great--the book I always said I should write but never got around to!" Indeed some of the stories did really strike a chord and were also well written, but overall I thought it could have been better. One of the things that bugged me were the numerous grammatical errors, and they took away much of the enjoyment of reading. Also, in many of the stories she wrote herself, Ms. Oxee tended to hit you over the head, so to speak, with how stupid the particular passenger was, using terms or language that I felt were inappropriate and unnecessary to get the point across. As a result, I was ultimately disappointed that this book was so much less than it could have been.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea/ poorly written December 11, 2012
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There seemed so much promise in this book when I purchased it; but like the previous reviewer, I found the grammatical mistakes and simplified language annoying.The books seems hurried and unprofessional, like something spoken into a tape recorder and then directly transcribed to paper. I'll also remember to read the first few pages of my next 'interesting book' before buying.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More than a little disappointing September 25, 2012
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Meandering, sophomoric prose tarnishes genuinely interesting stories. The many grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors make this a chore to read. I now know why the "look inside" never went beyond the cover.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Shot From Woman Who Hated Her Job December 10, 2012
By J
The author stayed on the job for sixteen years because she chose to do so. No one forced her.

Business travelers have no choice but to endure militant, ignorant and indifferent airline personnel, filthy planes, shrinking seats, outrageous fees, declining services, late flights, inedible food and total body invasions by the TSA.

This irrelevant little book is nothing more than a cheap shot from someone who hated her job.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing December 20, 2012
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Wow. Just. Wow. You would think the author would have run a grammar check in her word processor at the very least. But, yes, as other reviews have stated this 'book' is badly in need of editing. However, even more so than that, the author spends more time talking about her previous careers and social obligations than actual "Tales from the Tarmac". She is obviously very pleased with herself, and more often than not writes as though she were some saintly martyr and her customers minions of the devil. I couldn't read more than a few pages at a time without giving up and putting it down. She also feels the need to dumb down every detail to bare bones. Honey, I think people that are buying your book most likely already know what a jetway or tarmac is.

I work in the same industry, and I assure you, we are all not as rude as this author.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read enough to know I hate it December 14, 2012
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I didn't do my homework or I'd have known better. I agree with the reviews that said this book needed some serious editing. The author is completely taken with herself, and harsh in her judgements of others. She should have ensured that she really knew the meaning of some of those 50-dollar words that she picked out of the thesaurus. I couldn't finish it---a complete waste of my time and money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Written, Narcissistic January 11, 2013
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Terribly disappointed in this book. I went out of my way to locate wifi so that I could download it to my iPad before flying. I had to put it aside after a few chapters. Pretentious word choices, tortured sentence construction, grade school grammar errors, all made worse by the supercilious, narcissistic, and judgemental overall tone of the book. Does airline workers a disservice by creating the strong impression that they are all sneering behind your back at your choice of shoes. Wish I could get my money back, and even more the time that I wasted in reading the first few chapters of this train wreck....err, plane crash.
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