JT’s pro tips for not being an asshole when you travel #2

I’m back and protecting more people from unwittingly being an asshole when they travel.  You’re welcome.

Today’s pro tip:  Stewardesses

First, if it ever comes up in a quiz, “stewardesses” is the longest word in the English language that you can type using only one hand.  The more you know.

Second, we all know that you don’t really need to turn your laptop off on the descent.  Yes, you’re very important and you have to be on the phone during the taxi while the stewardess is going through the safety protocols.

But here’s the deal.  The stewardess gets to spend her whole day telling people to sit down, turn off their gadgets, and essentially enforcing all the rules the FAA has laid down.  I suspect it’s a thankless job that most of them (at least at Southwest) still manage with a smile.  Now, special though you are, don’t add misery to their day be acting like the stewardess made the rules or has the authority to grant you an exception to them.  She didn’t and she doesn’t.  Stop arguing with her, don’t congregate at the front of the plane no matter how much you don’t want to walk all the way to the back to pee, turn off your shit when she tells you to, and stop pitching a fit as though that will fix anything.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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