Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
It's naive, I know.
But when I pre-book a seat, I expect to get on the plane and sit in the seat that I've paid for.
Airlines don't always work like that. Just ask the First Class passenger who says he was removed from his seat in favor of another passenger with higher status.
Which leads us to Ann Coulter.
The right-wing entertainer was seated on a Delta flight on Saturday when, according to her own Twitter-telling, she was told to give up her exit row seat.
"'Why are you taking me out of the extra room seat I specifically booked, @Delta?' Flight attendant: 'I don't know," she tweeted.
And then she tweeted and tweeted some more. She declared Delta "the worst airline in America." She took a picture of the passenger who had allegedly been given her seat.
"@Delta didn't give my extra room seat to an air marshall [sic] or tall person. Here's the woman given my PRE-BOOKED seat," she tweeted, together with a picture of said passenger.
Coulter has some Twitter sway. She enjoys more than 1.6 million followers. This also means that detractors enjoy visiting her Twitter account too.
And so people flocked to leave comments, while contorting their allegiances.
If they were to criticize Coulter, that would mean they'd be praising an airline. No one wants to do that, do they?
Is the enemy of your enemy your friend when it's an airline?
Is it possible to have sympathy with what happened to Coulter when you may not fully appreciate her political stance? Or even, say, find it abhorrent?
I contacted Delta to ask what might have happened and will update, should I hear.
If Coulter's account is free of fake elements, she was likely bumped because another passenger had greater status. Which is, in itself, appalling.
Then again, Delta told Forbes that Coulter was merely moved to another seat in the same row.
Coulter claimed she got no "explanation, compensation, or apology."
It took a long time for Dr. David Dao, famously dragged with a bloodied face off a plane when he didn't want to give up his paid-for seat, to get any of those from United.
Oddly, in his case, Coulter felt the appropriate move was, well, deportation.
By Sunday, though, Coulter increased her invective levels. Yes, it is possible.
"@Delta employee questionnaire: What is your ideal job: Prison guard? Animal handler? Stasi policeman? All of the above: HIRED!" was one of her attempts at mordant humor.
There was more, of course.
"Hey @Delta, if it was so important for the dachshund-legged woman to take my seat, she should have BOOKED THE SEAT IN ADVANCE. Like I did," mused the entertainer with her familiar charm.
And then, Delta had finally had enough.
In two tweets, the airline sniffed at Coulter: "We're sorry you did not receive the preferred seat you paid for and will refund your $30. Additionally, your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary."
So now we must wonder if more facts will emerge, so that we can decide who was in the right. As opposed to the far right.
In the meantime, of course, we can consider another dilemma: Ann Coulter flies coach?