The aftermath of the Emirates Airlines Flight 521 crash in Dubai on Aug. 3 was one of this summer’s most shocking visuals.
They’re spoiled. They’re demanding. And they’re ruining travel for everyone else.
Don’t take my word for it. That’s what employees say about these guests, who they derisively call “silver spoon” travelers.
Wait, did I just say “ruin” travel? Well, yeah.
“Safety first” may be the American travel industry’s unofficial slogan, but for some travelers, it’s more like “Me first!”
Next time you fly, take a minute to look around at the airport screening area. You’ll see all kinds of interesting passengers, from the “get-alongs” to the dissidents to the folks who think the rules don’t apply to them.
Just last week at the crowded Orlando airport, I had a front-row ticket to a confrontation between a young woman and a TSA screener.
Young woman: “I don’t want to be X-rayed.”
Screener: “We don’t use X-rays.”
Young woman: “I don’t want to be scanned, either.”
Screener: “Then you’ll get a pat-down.”
The controversial, often-delayed FAA Reauthorization bill is being debated in Washington next week. The proposed legislation covers a lot of ground, from funding NextGen air traffic technology to forcing airlines to disclose fees.
This week’s big question: Which of these issues are the most important to you, the traveler?