Yesterday, July, 26th of 2013 our group took a flight home from Washington DC. I was there with a group of co-workers and we were heading home to Saint Louis. I was a little sleep deprived from long days at the booth and late nights with customers and friends. So maybe I was a little hypersensitive to my surroundings.
Earlier in the week we had an event at the Smithsonian American History Museum. It was a memorable evening. It was so interesting to see historical exhibits on past presidents and politicians. It was moving to see how far we have come as a country in so many aspects.
While we were waiting for our flight, we saw some recognizable politicians. We also saw quite a few people that were dressed in gorgeous suits. People look put together in suits. In fact, as I looked around at all the nice looking, well-spoken and seemingly highly intelligent people it made me wonder what the other side of the world looked like. It was actually interesting and exciting.
That was until the next series of events took place. I am a pretty assertive individual. So strong, assertive and put together people are kind of attractive and intriguing to me. This concept was blown away though within a matter of minutes when we started to board the plane. Perhaps it was the small boarding area that caused the turmoil but wow, this was crazy.
First, a man nearly knocked my longtime co-worker and friend over. He did not just bump into her; he seriously almost knocked her over. As I was staring in disbelief, another man rudely questioned, “What number are you?” I told him my number and he snapped, “I’m ahead of you!” I politely said, “Be my guest.” He stepped in front of me and turned his back to me. Is that not ridiculous? Two little words Sir, Excuse me.
The situation even got worse. We always make the extra investment to get in the A Boarding Group. Please do not tell anyone but that is our small travel indulgence. I can sit in the aisle and my friend likes to sit by the window. As the group of politicians and their comrades got onto the plane a lady seriously screamed at the flight attendants. She was extremely ticked off that she might have had to check her bag. Apparently she thought it was the flight attendant’s jobs to orchestrate everyone’s luggage and personal items placed in overhead bins. All I could think about is, if she can afford that outfit, it’s only $12.50 to purchase early bird rights and avoid that type of hassle. One simple thought mam, open up your pocket book and close your mouth.
Then a very pretty and well-dressed lady sat between us. Finally, someone cool. As I am sensitive to the middle seat person, always, I make it a point to only use my aisle side armrest and lean away from the center seat. Within fifteen minutes after take-off this lady, who was actually thin, somehow monopolized more than her fair share on both sides. I was surprised she didn’t simply lie across our laps.
Thank goodness for the one gentleman who helped a pregnant lady store and retrieve her luggage. If it wasn’t for him, I might have started generalizing politicians as rude, arrogant, self-centered, loud, pushy, inconsiderate and poor mannered.