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Would You Ask Them to Be Quiet in the Back, Please?

Would You Ask Them to Be Quiet in the Back, Please?

In a New York Times article today, some academics postulate that increased unruly behavior on airplanes is due to crowding and severe class consciousness. That is, people are keenly aware of their place in the pecking order, with first class and/or business class, and then decreasing space from premium economy down to cheap economy. I can see what’s coming from here: socialized flying, with everyone having the identical seat so that no one feels bad about themselves which will cut down on the anger and unruly behavior of the morons who drink too much and have borderline personality disorders anyway!

It took a court case long ago to force airlines to allow anyone with a few hundred bucks to join their airport lounge clubs rather than maintain them by invitation only. That enables me to watch idiots cut their toenails in the clubs and shout on the cell phones while their kids run through the aisles. Now I can see the day  when the people who are never satisfied unless they have what others have earned they can also have without the effort or cost.

The now-infamous Louis C.K. once observed that airline passengers have a hell of a nerve complaining about food or seating since, essentially, they’re on a couch traveling at 500 miles an hour to their destination. Today, air travel is cheaper than ever, and more people are able to travel than every before. Yet, for some, that’s not good enough because someone has something that they don’t, so let’s make a fuss. In Australia, this is called “the tall poppy syndrome”: Cut down that plant that stands higher than others so that all are the same.

Even the European highly socialist countries have first class internationally and business class domestically. Aeroflot has business class!

Pass the caviar before they run out.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 1

  • Duke Merhavy

    May 29, 2019

    This is great and oh-so-sadly true!

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