Recently, a college football player was kicked off a plane when he refused a flight attendant’s request to pull up his baggy pants. In another incident, a man in snug-fitting underwear that was part of a very revealing drag outfit (you’ve got to click here and see the photo to believe it) was allowed to fly without any interference. While a debate is raging across the internet as to whether this is a double standard, what’s become clear is that airline policies regarding dress codes are ambiguous at best, as is what is a flight attendant’s role in enforcing any dress codes that are on the books.
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Great question! I’m glad you asked and I’m sure many of our readers can benefit from the answer.
Here’s the deal: Travel before mid-June to the U.K. and you’re traveling during the shoulder season. Travel between mid-June and Labor day and you’ll find yourself in peak season. Shoulder season (personally, my favorite time to travel to Europe and pretty much every other destination) means cheap flights and fewer crowds. Hotels in London are also quite a bit less expensive. Once you get to peak season, all bets are off.
I recently stopped by MSNBC to discuss whether families and overweight passengers should have their own seating section on flights. Readers, what do you think? Please sound off in the comments section below.
You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hearing how awful air travel is; stories of delays, cancellations, and surly flight attendants abound. But what if there was a way to make it better?
I read a great blog post recently that posed a really interesting question: could we get better service on airplanes if we tipped? After all, we tip for everything else: a morning latte, a dinner out, the convenience of having the bellman bring your bags up to the room. Would it make a difference if you slipped the flight attendant a couple of bucks as she handed over your diet coke? Sure, it’s not standard now—you’d probably get it passed back to you with a polite but firm no thank you, ma’am—but what if it was common practice? What if everyone tipped on planes?
What do you think? Would you do it? Should you do it? Would it make a difference to the general flying experience?