OK, I must be a geek, but I don’t care. What I love about my job in the Delta Cargo department is that I feel connected to commerce and what is happening. I see vegetables from Europe in the summer, Latin America in the winter. I get close to tigers for film shoots and move the camera equipment for the networks and the Olympics. We even move eyes for transplant and radioactive medicines for chemotherapy!
I have visited Delta destinations when we first start service and worked with our new friends/partners in business. I could see that they were eager to do business with Delta and with the United States. A new market is opening! Excitement in their eyes.
Cargo is not at all like working with passengers. Boxes/crates just sit there. They need us to get them moving. We need to communicate with each other to keep the process moving. We talk to each other and send e-mails all around the world: Bombay, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Brazil, Toronto, and Guatemala all before breakfast. (Okay, I eat late).
The other day I attended the funeral of a close friend. As I was sitting there thinking about our loss, I noticed the beautiful flower displays in his honor… I started to smile. Perhaps, I had a hand in getting those very flowers in those arrangements from far away places to those florists so the arrangements could brighten the occasion.
That’s why I love cargo!
Cargo – JFK