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Is it time for a new paradigm shift in airline traveler etiquette?
After reading Christopher Elliott’s piece on the seeming growing trend of passenger meltdowns and misbehavior, I did a little thinking about my own experiences, especially in the past 10 years. Here are a few observations…
When I began my career, the “Tech Sector” bubble hadn’t yet burst. If you recall, there was a period of time when anything and everything that had anything to do with either computers or the Internet was considered golden. If you were to tell a Wall Street investor that your private company... (more)
A little while ago, a passenger on a jetBlue aircraft was escorted off a flight, in hand-cuffs, for refusing to delete footage she had taken of an altercation between passengers and flight crew about a disruptive toddler.
The passenger, a 56-year old grandmother, had videotaped an argument that was taking place a few rows ahead of her between two passengers regarding a crying child, which allegedly belonged to one of the arguers. You can few the 50 second video here on the left.
When asked by the flight crew to delete the footage after she showed it to them, she refused. Soon... (more)
I have been privileged to have seen many places in my travels around the world. Some exotic; some historic; all of them a life experience I will cherish and be thankful I've had the opportunity to see…
There is one place, however, that I am drawn to; I constantly find myself yearning to return to its land of marsupials and platypi; of “Vegimite” and didgeridoos: Australia!
This wonderful landmass is about as unique as the Galápagos; here you will find animals and vegetation unlike any other place on earth – and most of it is publically accessible. Having just returned from there,... (more)
I’m really scratching my head on this one. I know that we can all be a little forgetful when we travel. I have a mental checklist when I get ready to leave home for a trip that will put me in several airport terminals in the space of three or four days. I usually travel with two bags: my roller-board suitcase and a compact duffel-tote bag. With these two bags, I can pack up to six days’ worth of clothing and sundries to meet just about any situation.
I pack my own bags. I don’t have hired help, or even my mother to help me out the door with all that I need. So I am well aware of... (more)
...a few people within earshot chimed in as well, all offering their own opinions about how the disabled and physically challenged passengers should be handled, one even going so far as to suggest that they should be restricted to certain aircraft types or even find themselves another method of travel. I was silently shocked at this conversation and began to wonder if these people were just unsympathetic idiots, or if this opinion was beginning to find traction among airline passengers in general.
Clearly, most of us are tolerant of the special needs of those less fortunate in... (more)
...home. It was a precious sight.
The moment was soon diminished when a Customer Service Supervisor approached the parents in the gate area a few minutes later and declared, “I’ve been advised that your babies are less than seven days old. I’m very sorry but I cannot allow you to travel with these infants today!” The couple looked shocked and then angry, while the passengers around them produced in unison a hushed gasp. The supervisor proceeded to explain that since the babies were less than 7 days old, airline policy required a physician’s release and declaration of the... (more)
...crews, pilots and customer service agents are still on “high-alert” as it were, from the recent 9/11 anniversary. Still, whether or not that is relevant, the fact still remains that some people still don’t understand that a “higher standard” of behavior is still expected when traveling by air. Most crews can discern between rudeness and suspicious, but for the most part, they cannot afford to take chances in allowing any incident to develop into something bigger or more serious, especially when hurling through the atmosphere at nearly the speed of sound.
At times,... (more)
Up along the hostile mountains, where the hair-poised snowslide shivers --Down and through the big fat marshes that the virgin ore-bed stains,Till I heard the mild-wide mutterings of unimagined rivers,And beyond the nameless timber saw illimitable plains!
Well, here I am. I’ve been there and now I’m back again. We flew in from Lima earlier this afternoon. I’m so tired, not having slept at all to ward off the effects of the dreaded jet lag. But before going to bed I simply have to record my impressions while it’s all fresh in my mind; while the after-image of the Sacred Trail, the crossing... (more)
...it. It was quite a difference from the ten plus years prior to that.
I'm writing this not to announce my triumphant recovery from my fear of flying, but more for the triumph of facing it each and every time I do. Tomorrow I will start a new era of ludicrous amounts of flying again. I'm traveling to Italy to meet a new client for my furniture designs, and later back to Asia to meet with a couple more. The lure of travel and following my true dreams in life propels me forward to face my fears. For me, it's totally worth it. Each time I face my fear, I get to do what I love!
I would like to introduce you to a really cool dude named Michele Gargaro. He's a young man I worked with at a factory in the south of China. Together Michele and I braved conditions that I could never truly describe here in this post. It would take a 100's of pictures and 1000's of words to even get close.
Michele's father was one of the great craftsman in the art of making upholstered furniture in southern Italy. When he was just a young boy, he worked in his father's factory in Italy during the summers and weekends. There, he also learned the fine art of handcrafting upholstered furniture... (more)