Thought for the day…”The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more.” “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
Road rage has now spread to airports as well. The security checks, long queues and long waits and hassles over baggage mean that people are more stressed than ever. Airlines have shot themselves in the foot by charging for baggage, as now you see people trying to drag on as much as they can…not uncommon to see them with 3 and sometimes 4 bags. Airline policies may be wrong, and a lot of the things that airlines are now doing ARE unreasonable, but what is not fair is when you see people’s anger at airports directed at the wrong people – the people working on the check-in desks or at the gate. These are not the people who have made the rules, they are the ones who are given the unfortunate task to enforce them though. So it is sad to see passengers at airports getting angry with the wrong people, especially as many of them work for ground companies who are only contracted by the airlines. By all means get angry with the airlines and the people who have made the mistakes, but make sure that the anger is directed at the correct people. The person in front of you at the desk or gate may not be the right one.
Late afternoon low sunlight lights up the main street of Brienz, Switzerland for the photo today. Many of the houses in this area date from the 1700s.
and another photo from the archives – a boat waits at Brienz, Switzerland for the return trip to Interlaken.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….” Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”.
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines”.
There cannot be many people in the western world who have not flown, so I assume that most people know the etiquette of flying. Even if they do not, then common sense and good manners is enough. But recently I experienced the worst passengers that I have ever had the misfortune to sit next to (and misfortune was the word.). Bad enough that there were 300+ passengers on the aircraft, but what are the odds of ending up sitting next to the worst passengers possible??? These two passengers had a screaming baby, bad enough on any flight but on an 11 hour night flight then obviously VERY unpopular with a lot of passengers. Not only that, but the parents wanted to get up out of their seats. Not just a few times, but an excessive number of times. Even when the meal was served, they decided that they wanted to get out (same thing at breakfast too, trays down and the food there, but they still wanted to get out immediately). The man on my left seemed to be unaware that he did not have a god-given right to put his legs and feet into my leg rest. When I was not fast enough at moving to let them out, they simply climbed over me, regardless of whether I was getting up to let them out or not. 11 hours sitting next to the worst ever passengers. I wish that I had taken a photo of them, not just to shame them but to warn others that this couple had a gold medal in inconsideration. And even on arrival, the man decided that he wanted to be first off the aircraft and was going to try to push past everybody else like a rugby scrum. I hope that these two particular passengers end up on a no-fly list due to their total lack of consideration.
On a happier note….a photo of the Interislander ferry sailing up the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. The route through the sounds, which takes about 1 hour, is extremely scenic. During the winter months, the 3 hour crossing between the North and South Islands of New Zealand can be extremely rough in the middle section, so passengers will be relieved once they enter the sheltered waters of the Sounds. The ferry is seen near its final destination of Picton, top of the South Island, New Zealand
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