Friday, July 2, 2010

In Kindergarden We Learned to Follow to Simple Rules...

...Yet when it is time to load an airplane, so many have lost that simple skill.

  • Liquids and gels in a quart bag.
  • Take off the bling and belt prior to screening. It's metal, no?
  • The carry-on suitcase must fit in the little test box at the entrance to the security line.
  • Only one suitcase and one other small item. Not a purse and armful of other stuff. We have too much stuff.
  • Step out of the aisle after you lift your bag up. Don't stand in the aisle and decide what you need from your bag, just to pass the next few hours; you had an hour to decide in the gate area, if you couldn't, tough toodles.
  • Bag in wheels first. Simple--square peg in square hole--but ~ 30% of the travelers don't get it.
  • Sit. But don't buckle until the window seat guy is in.

Needless to say, I missed a connection last night because a good portion of the people on the flight couldn't figure out how to simply sit down. I wasn't damaged--I got a nice dinner and an up-grade to first class--I was amused.

Remember when teachers would ask the class to sit "criss-cross apple sauce," specifically to make squirming difficult? That's next, you know. I don't think my knees can take it.


  1. My carryon bag is made specifically for an airliner overhead, with a curved profile that tapers at one end. It MUST go in top-first (wheels out) or it will not fit.

  2. Actually, that is what I should have said.

    So it it fits. Simple.

    I'm on the road, 8 individual flight segments, next week. We'll see how it goes.