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MAY 2017

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TOTALLY BOGGUS May 2017 airportbusiness 41 Roddy is is responsible for NaƟonal AviaƟon Strategy, Pipeline Sourcing, and Tier Accounts. A 30 year avia- Ɵon professional, he is an Architect with a Bachelors' of Design from Texas Tech University. Roddy is the 2017 Board Chair of the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) and sits on the Board of Directors for the InternaƟonal Partnering InsƟtute (IPI) as well as the InternaƟonal AssociaƟon of Airport ExecuƟves (IAAE). Roddy Boggus, ExecuƟve Vice President of AviaƟon, Suffolk ABOUT THE AUTHOR BOGGUS TERMS f IBT: Institute of Boggus Talk f DBAD: Don't Be A Dolt f SAE: Seven Airplane Etiquette (items) 2. Unless you are at a bulkhead, only one item goes up. T he ot her goes at your feet. There are some that consis- tently seem to be more worthy than others that cannot be bothered with anything at their feet and therefore stow everything in the overhead bin leaving less room for the poor folks boarding in the steerage group. 3. And for Pete's sake, when you put your item overhead, make sure the dang thing fits. I love watching some numskull leav- ing their bag hanging out of the overhead bin that obviously does not fit. This, of course, leaves it to later in flight when a flight attendant has to play kinder- garten teacher and ask, "who's bag is this" to which every- one looks around as if it somehow magically appeared on the air- craft. The culprit is only revealed, typically, when they threaten to take it off the plane. Really? 4. Now I'm going to type this part really slow, so that those that cannot read fast can digest this. In every plane I've ever been on, including Southwest Airlines, when walking from the front of the plane toward the rear the "A" seat is always the window seat on the right side. While it may not seem natural, the "B" seat is generally next to the "A" seat. In coach if it is a 3-3 seating configuration, the right window is "A" and the left window is "F". Which, would lead you to discern that the right aisle seat is "C" and the left aisle seat is "D". Oh, and one other thing, the rows are generally numbered sequentially from small numbers to big numbers in the back so if you are in row 28, you are generally not near the front of the aircraft. And finally, if your seat is on the left side, don't pick your row number by the row on the right side. Some aircraft rows are offset from right to left. 5. In your big lux- u r ious coach s e at , p l e a s e recline gently. It is bad form to press the but- ton and slam the seat back thinking you may somehow, with enough force, convert your seat to a lie-flat bed. There's not much room between rows these days and the sudden and unexpected slam-back can cause more than casual conversation between the participants, including ejection from the flight. It is acceptable to make a "back-up beeping noise" when reclining just to let your fellow passengers know your intentions. 6. Yes, it can be a struggle to prop- erly use the toilet in flight, espe- cially, if there is chop. While this condition seems to affect men more than women there are some that must generally go in the woods when not on a plane. Might I suggest lowering the seat and lid when complete? If you have had trouble sighting the target in, make sure you use the Boy Scout motto and leave the area better than you found it. And, for those that still wash their hands afterwards, here's a tip, once you are done, press the lever that will pop up the sink stopper and let all that water drain. Easy peasy. 7. Finally, please do not text as you are exit- ing the plane. It has been show n time af ter time that texting and walking leads to accidents like fall- ing into ponds, fountains, etc. Plus, no matter what you think of your walking and texting skills, not only do you walk slower while texting you also weave. The IBT is advocating trap doors in jetbridges so that those texting will fall to the apron leaving the rest of us to exit the aircraft at a much faster pace. Using the IBT's DBAD code for SAE in these times of nearly 100 percent load factors will help contribute to the pleasant experiences of all those flying, including those wearing leg- gings. Next issue we tackle the hard hitting conversation of whether or not drones should be allowed to be flown in the cabin during flight.

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