Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Some people are important.
Many more, however, want to be treated as if they're important.
More importantly, this second group of people can behave very badly.
So it is that Air France says it had a difficult customer on a flight a couple of weeks ago from Paris to Buenos Aires.
The daughter of a former justice minister and current magistrate of Argentina allegedly demanded to be upgraded to Business Class.
There was, the airline says, no room.
This passenger still wasn't happy and allegedly demanded to be put in a different seat because she didn't like the person seated next to her.
Now let me hand you to the Facebook page of the union that represents the cabin crew, the SNPNC.
On arrival in Buenos Aires, the union says, the cabin crew "were arrested successively by police forces, interrogated under conditions that flout fundamental rights, charged, and for some detainees, [finally] released without explanation."
The union says it has written to Argentina's ministries of transport and foreign affairs, as well as to the Argentinian Embassy in France.
"We are currently studying with our lawyers the possibilities of legal redress to obtain compensation for the préjudicie suffered by our colleagues and the profession," the union says.
This does seem quite some préjudicie.
It also reminds me a little of the daughter of the chairman of Korean Air Lines who went nuts after she didn't like the way she was served nuts in First Class. She ended up in jail.
As for the Buenos Aires tango of alleged torture, I contacted Air France to ask how it felt.
Its spokesman pointed me to a statement given to Reuters by Air France-KLM's chairman, Jean-Marc Janaillac.
"Chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac expressed his indignation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the arbitrary detention conditions that the Air France crew were subjected to," the statement said.
The union also posted its letter of protest to Facebook.
In it, it claims that the flight's purser was isolated, without food or water, in a room that was a mere one square meter. That's around 10 square feet.
The whole incident sounds disturbing, and Argentina's foreign ministry says it's investigating.
If the cabin crew's account is true, one wonders what possible defense might be offered.
That the crew spoke with excessive French accents? That one of them claimed the French rugby team was better than Argentina's? Or, perish the concept, the soccer team?
Or could it be that one of them made a joke about the Falkland Islands?