Everyone flies with different frequency, and it’s easy to lose sight of that at times. All the time I see people break down and crying when they miss a flight, etc. And while it confuses me at first, I always come to the same conclusion — they must not fly as often as I do, and therefore flying is a much more stressful experience for them than it is for me (not factoring in how generally fortunate I am with my travel situation, given that I have status, am usually in premium cabins, etc.).
A couple of weeks ago I saw a lady argue with the TSA because they wouldn’t let her bring her homemade jam through security. When they explained that she couldn’t bring anything over 3.4 ounces through the checkpoint, her response was simply that they could trust her, because she made it herself.
One time I remember transiting Heathrow Airport, and a young couple put their baby (who was in a carrier) in the x-ray.
Perhaps my favorite was the Taiwanese girl I saw at SeaTac Airport who tried to use her Facebook profile picture as ID for the purposes of getting through security, and couldn’t understand why that wasn’t okay. It had her name and her picture, after all.
Via Road Warrior Voices, here’s a video of a Chinese man who climbed into the x-ray at a train station in Chengdu, China:
Clearly he was a bit confused when the guard motioned for him to place his objects in the x-ray, and instead thought he was supposed to go there.
It’s a good reminder as we’re traveling this holiday season. Not everyone is as experienced at travel (or at least as knowledgeable about it) as we are. And even if you’re not that experienced of a traveler, you’re likely still infinitely more experienced than 90% of the rest of the world.
Safe (and patient) travels over the holidays!
(Tip of the hat to Michael)