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What Kind Of Line Is That?

The world is full of lines. The cab line at any casino in Las Vegas on most days is 25 minutes long. The line at the grocery store is hopefully a little shorter. The line when you enter a movie theatre can be long, but there is rarely an issue. All of those things have one thing in common – the line is typically straight as an arrow.

Since January 1st, I have flown 36 different flight segments. It doesn’t matter what airport, what type of plane, what airline. I am still amazed at one thing: Getting on a plane is out of control. When they make the announcement to start boarding, everything gets crazy. People actually forget how to stand in line. There is tons of pushing, shoving, elbowing, biting (I hope not but I thought I would embellish my point).

When I was younger, I thought it was funny. Now that I am older and hopefully a little bit more mature, I don’t think it is funny at all. Rarely do you hear an “excuse me.” Most of the time, 15 people come in from 15 different angles and directions trying to board a plane.

Isn’t forming a line easy? Isn’t it something we all learned in kindergarten? Apparently forming a line to rush to get on a plane (that more than likely will be delayed) can’t be done by adults – can’t happen.

I thought it would be better when they changed the rules about bringing on liquids. The result of the new rule is much less carry-on luggage–which you would think would help the boarding process. Perhaps if people don’t have luggage to put in the bins they wouldn’t have been in such a rush to get on a plane.

From where I sit it hasn’t helped one bit. In fact I can’t wait to get in my next line (ooooooooops I mean rush the podium like everyone else).

  • Does the same thing happen to you?
  • Are you tired of it?
  • Do you have a solution for the airlines that might help?

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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