Airport Business

MAY 2017

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40 airportbusiness May 2017 TOTALLY BOGGUS By Roddy Boggus S itting here at my desk at the I nstitute of Bogg us Talk (IBT), I was just read- i ng a bout a fel low that was forcibly removed from his flight, only because he drew the short straw on an over- booked flight that no one else would volunteer to give up their seat on. Yes, it was a bit of an ordeal, accord- ing to the article, with him being forcibly removed from the aircraft. This caused me to wax poetically remembering a couple of chaps who, according to their fellow passengers, began speaking in Arabic and per- haps using threatening conversation during the boarding process. This, similarly, resulted in their removal from the aircraft as well. As you might guess, this resulted in the best minds of the IBT to start thinking about what can we do to promote more humane and reasonable etiquette that should be expected by those who fly. No, that is not a fire you smell, that is just the smell of cogitation of IBT professionals. Yes, we were tempted to create a list of the 7 Words That You Cannot Say on an Airplane, similar to the literary work performed by George Carlin first in 1972, but quickly realized that actually putting that into print might cause more harm than good. Instead, we rapidly focused on developing the DBAD code for airplane passengers. What is DBAD you say? The IBT has defined it as Don't Be A Dolt (although there are many descriptive words you can use in place of dolt. Similar to Mr. Carlin, the IBT has defined seven (7) airplane etiquette items (SAE) that passengers need to be schooled on. Let's look at them in detail, shall we? 1. If you are not in first class, you generally cannot pul l your rol ler bag behind you down the aisle without catching it on the armrest on either side of the aisle or magically threading the armrest through the handle bringing you train of luggage to a sudden stop and causing dieback in the line behind you. Please carry your baggage or if you have one of those carry-ons that will roll sideways use it that way. Those of us with elbows will appreciate your consideration. Airplane Etiquette (the customary code of polite behavior for those flying in a commercial airplane)

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