When we talk to those in the travel business we really should all learn and try our best to use the above. It is the “correct” list to make sure quickly and accurately the travel reservation number, including letters, is properly shared with the rep on the other end of the line. In fact, when someone at the other end of the phone is reading something back to you if they are or are not using the above list speaks volumes as to whether or not they are a trained professional or someone who is perhaps new (or just lazy) to the travel profession.
Having said all that, maybe it is time to have some fun with reps on the other end of the line and then listen to their reaction to our more creative version of the phonetic alphabet? Just maybe we could instead use a list of words that are:
- Ridiculous or
- Inappropriate or
- Just plain wrong!
Now please understand I am not really suggesting you use the following list with a real live rep and if you do my guess is you will not be treated as well as you could be if you used the correct phonetic alphabet. I am just trying to get you to smile before the weekend. Clear?
Having said that, take a gander at this list and tell me what you think the reaction might be if you get a really bad rep and choose to enunciate the reservation using the following:
Now I know what is going through your head – that list is just plum crazy and I would never ever think of ever using it (well, other than with that one rep – you may be thinking). Or, maybe you have an even more insulating, inappropriate or just plain wrong list you can think of. OK I can dig that let’s give this a try.
Now do please keep in mind this blog is a PG-13 blog and I want anyone in your family to be able to read your list in the comments below. So if you think you have an even more funny and maybe silly phonetic alphabet we should be using with reps that are not quite up to snuff then let us know below! – Rene
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