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Nose to tail

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Top to bottom, In and out. Those words invoke inspection, review, grades and judgement. The airline industry certainly has been getting an inspection lately but isn’t it really a reflection of what happens in the rest of life each day. With the crowds you see at the airport, do you think there are less a-holes than you see driving on the highway perhaps? Or that you see fighting at a mall or on the streets. I think not.

Airplanes are no different from the highway.
Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s all about entitlement. It’s all about people thinking they are owed something. Yes I realize the policy United Airlines and probably others had on over booking and then removing passengers was flawed. But most of the things you see on planes are issues that are started by the passengers, not the airline. People drinking too much, not respecting others space, blaring a radio or computer or just being rude. Sometimes people let that stuff go. And then again sometimes not and that is when you hear Michael Buffer stand up and say “Lets get ready to rumble.”

Actually I think were going to see more of this. Hell our leaders are exhibiting this type of behavior. Not that that’s right either. More and more common people are having to step in where law enforcement is needed. Why because the number of a-holes outnumbers law enforcement vastly. Suddenly people are thrust into situations where they have to play peacemakers or lawman.

Luckily most are disarmed at security so it’s just a fist fight most of the time but its only a matter of time till someone is killed in an airline incident. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened to a couple of nuts who have tried to get in the cockpits of airlines. To me that is a life or death situation and if someone trying it dies then so be it and the persons who stop them should be given a medal not charged with a crime.

Actually we are really heading back to the wild west times very quickly. Our law enforcement is to few and far between. And by that I don’t mean they aren’t doing their jobs. It’s just they are vastly outnumbered. You could spend every hour of every day with every law enforcement official in the country and you couldn’t stop all the people using their phone while driving let alone other crimes.

People are doing things that put others lives in jeopardy. Some are taking others lives. Not to mention all the injuries of those who aren’t killed but maimed.

Change starts with each one of us. I wish that the tide quickly changes direction, but the more I see it swinging the other way the more I’m interested in a shotgun mount for my convertible. Bet that might cut down on the tailgating at least.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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