Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cavalier Business Travelers Sometimes Clueless

I've taken a few business trips in the last few years and I'm amazed at how brain dead travelers are. I've griped about this before in a post about traveling with little ones but family traveling is not the only grief I've experienced. What follows are some personal and related examples of typical no-brainers.

It never fails that I'm the one next to the smelly guy on a transcontinental flight. Would it be too rude to ask the guy that just plucked off his loafers to put them back on before a toxic leak sensor goes off in the cabin and we have to emergency land in Guatemala? --happened on the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 10 hours

I love this one from a NYT writer:

I was flying from New York to Chicago recently and I watched a guy get on the plane with a huge carry-on, the biggest briefcase I have ever seen, a computer bag and a cup of Starbucks. He caused a ruckus as he maneuvered down the aisle, alternating knocking into people and holding up passengers behind him.

Once he found his seat, he proceeded to try to stuff his carry-on into the overhead bin. It wasn’t pretty. To make matters worse, unbeknownst to him and the rest of the passengers, he also tucked his coffee inside the bin.

As soon as the next person tried to put a bag in the bin, the coffee took a nose dive, spilling all over the women sitting below. No apologies. No nothing.

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