Airport Etiquette 101

I know that for many, flying is a luxury. And I know that not everyone does it twice a week. So for those of you who haven’t traveled in a few months, or a few years, or ever, I just wanted to give you my own personal take on a crash course in Airport Etiquette.

First let’s start with the Do’s:

DO be polite to the people around you. Even when your flight is delayed. ESPECIALLY when your flight is delayed. I promise you the gate agent didn’t perform black magic to make the weather unfavorable or personally go outside and break the plane. They just have the misfortune of delivering the bad news. They will try to help you in anyway they can but remember there are things outside their control. (DUH right?)

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Seeking Human Kindness

Since moving to a city, one of the most difficult things I have been grappling with is my reaction to the homeless individuals I pass everyday on my way to work.

When I was a bratty middle schooler, wayy too concerned with being popular (that never really worked out for me), my mom told me; “every human being deserves the dignity of a response.” Its been over a decade and this has stuck with me as one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. Every time I power walk past someone on the side of the street, eyes straight forward as though they aren’t even there, I feel this piece of advice nag at the back of my mind.

I may not have significant means, but I am lying to myself if I think that I can’t help. Like so many others, I’m guilty of spending money frivolously. I can strut by a homeless man, and stop halfway down the block to spend five dollars on a coffee at Starbucks. There is something fundamentally wrong with that.

And BEYOND money. By the simple good fortune of circumstance society tells me I’m allowed to ignore these people’s reality. In a sense, this renders them invisible. But every human being deserves the dignity of a response.

I walked by a man the other day with a sign that simply read “seeking human kindness”.

Aren’t we all?