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Continued: Withering Glance: Air travel and the social contract

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CP: And what about returning vacationers who insist on broadcasting where they’ve been? Yes, ma’am, I know from your sarong and shell necklace and your deep Coppertone tan that you’ve just spent a fortnight burning yourself silly at Club Med in Cabo, but this is Minneapolis-St. Paul International, and it’s minus-7 outside.


RN: I love the logic behind treating the airline staff poorly. Yeah, behaving badly is really going to get you on that overbooked flight.


CP: Then there are those who take advantage of a flight delay to hit the airport bar like it was Mardi Gras and their birthday.


RN: Or the ones who keep talking — loudly, it’s always loudly — on their cellphones after the “turn off and store all electronic devices” order has been sounded.


CP: And don’t get me started on seatmates who spread their legs as wide as humanly possible and use the entirety of both armrests, leaving me to do my usual hunch-and-scrunch.


RN: That’s better than the people who sit down next to me and lift the armrest between our seats. Um, no.


CP: At that point, they may as well just drape an arm over your shoulder. Fly the friendly skies, and all.



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