Time to Board
Airlines boarding rituals should be
The hierarchy mimics society
in all of its social complexity.
"Calling all First Class passengers,
there's ample room for your luggage.
Once you are comfortably on board
we will treat you with great homage.
Next we welcome Diamond.
Please take your time to board.
There's also lots of room for
your baggage to be stored.
All Platinum, Gold and Silver
embark in the right order.
Your status used to be a big deal.
You're now an Almost-Special Boarder.
And finally, you regular folk,
please get on without delay.
There's no room for your carry-on.
Give it to the handler on your way."
On planes of the future, there'll be
a "Global Diamond Elite" room.
And a special designation
for people who've flown to the moon!
I have just returned from three weeks in India (which is why my two current blog posts have been off-schedule). What an adventure! In that time, I boarded an airplane about fifteen times. The experience of boarding an airplane has changed over the years. Remember, back in the day, when the only designation you got was a plain old seat number?
What do you remember about the good ol' days of travel? What experiences have you had more recently?