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Heather’s Hit List- Airports and Flying
Heather’s Hit List- Airports and Flying

Flying is an awful experience. This is glaringly apparent everywhere, but especially at the airport of a tourist destination in March. When I showed up at Cancun airport to come home I was greeted by a crush of hot, grumpy, sunburned people, most of whom looked like a warning ad for melanoma.

One man wearing a tank top with the sunburned outline of a hand on his shoulder thought that talking louder would help the hispanic airport worker at the check in kiosk understand English better. It didn’t. Neither does being a jerk to the gate agent, Mr. “I have a business class ticket and I’m much more important than you people”. You’re right, I’m not important but I have a radio show and a microphone and I will tell Des Moines Iowa that you, sir, are indeed first class….a first class jerk!

Thanks to first class, business class, “Economy Plus” at the front of coach, and charging extra for exit row seats, there are now more seats that I can’t afford to sit in than those that I can.

If you decide you don’t want to pay to check a bag, that doesn’t mean you get to take just as much stuff and cram it all in the overhead bin. Tough choices need to be made, people. Don’t be that person trying to shoehorn in a bag you should have checked, sweating and grunting while a logjam of people forms behind you.

Enough with not giving us the whole can of pop already. It’s so dry on the plane I can hardly croak out “Diet Coke please”, and my eyes have no tears- I can’t even blink to communicate. I need more than two thirds of a very small cup of liquid, dammit. And yes, I’ll take that “snack”- the world’s smallest bag of the world’s smallest pretzels. I think they’re the pretzels they stick inside the M&M’s, they’re so small. I guess it’s all relative. Delta must think I’ll hold up the pretzel to the window and think “I can’t possibly eat this, it’s as big as that lake!”


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About Maxwell Maxwell is celebrating 34 years in radio with more than 25 years "On-The-Air" in Des Moines! His familiar voice & face grace local, regional and national radio and TV advertising, and his passion for theater has been displayed as both actor and director at Stagewest Theater Company and the Playhouse in Des Moines, where he was honored with a 2012 Playhouse "Legend" Award. He is an avid hockey fan, manning the microphone for 18 seasons as P.A. announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Email Maxwell

About Pam Pam Dixon has been a familiar voice to central Iowans for over 30 years. A Beaverdale native & Hoover High graduate, Pam has to pinch herself that she’s working for the radio station she grew up listening to in Des Moines! Pam was formerly heard on KRNQ (Q-102) and KLYF in the 80’s and 90’s before being lured back to the biz by KIOA! As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is active with the Susan G. Komen Iowa Foundation and Bras for the Cause. Email Pam

About Heather Heather Burnside's quest to be on every radio & TV station in Des Moines has (hopefully!) come to an end with her latest stop at KIOA. Heather started at WHO-TV as a sportscaster, moved on to ESPN as an associate producer, and got into radio when she moved back to Iowa after two years of stalking celebrities and athletes on the East Coast. She doesn't want to talk about how she’s old enough to have a 20 year broadcasting career, instead preferring to believe she’s managed to cram all of that excitement & a 13 year radio career into one decade. Heather is very glad Pam is back, she’s like the big sister she never had. After discovering Max is a nice guy who can cook, sing, play guitar, & hit a golf ball a mile, she figures it’ll take that long to find something he isn't good at. Email Heather