I thought I would save time by purchasing my airline ticket online and checking in at the airport with my e-ticket. I went onto the McQ Air website and selected my flights. The screen then prompted me to pay with a credit card. After I typed in my payment information, I got a confirmation receipt with my ticket number and my itinerary. I printed out a copy of my e-ticket and I was ready to go—easy!
我以为通过网上购买机票，检票时使用电子票就能节省时间 。我登陆了McQ航空公司官网并选购了机票 。然后屏幕弹出对话框提醒我用信用卡付款 。在输入了支付信息后，我收到了机票号以及路线等确认收据 。之后我将电子票打印了一份，以为这样就万事大吉了 。
But when I got to the airport, it was a different story. I went up to a self-serve kiosk and swiped my credit card to bring up my account. The computer said that it couldn't find my account. I flagged down an employee and she didn't have any better luck, suggesting I stand in line at the check-in counter.
然而，当我到了机场时却发现与想象的截然不同 。我走到一个自助服务亭，刷我的信用卡以查询我的账户 。电脑显示找不到我的账户 。于是我拦下一名机场员工，她也无能为力，只建议我到结账柜台排队 。
I got in the long line and 45 minutes later, the employee helped me check in and gave me my boarding pass. When I asked her what the problem was, she said she didn't know and it was probably just a glitch in their computer system.
我加入了长长的队伍，45分钟后，机场人员帮我办理了登机手续并给了我登记证 。当我问她哪里出了问题，她却说不知道，说也许是电脑系统故障了 。
Well, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, especially if technology is involved!