The sensible skies

Those of us who turn right when boarding an aircraft expect some inconvenience when we fly. But passengers shouldn't accept the idiocy that sometimes aggravates delays.

Those of us who turn right when boarding an aircraft expect some inconvenience when we fly. Screaming babies appear to be strategically positioned so that each passenger is within earshot of one. When you find that you're seated beside someone who should have been charged for two tickets, you grin and bear it. Most travellers will tolerate the further delays and screenings that have been put in place after a passenger was alleged to have ignited explosives in his underpants aboard a flight to Detroit on Christmas Day. But passengers shouldn't accept the idiocy that has aggravated these delays.
As we report today, three unruly British passengers aboard a flight from Heathrow to Dubai joked about a bomb on board their aircraft. The resulting headache for everyone else on their flight was anything but funny. Bad taste has not been the only hold-up. At Newark Airport, New York's second busiest, a man sneaked past a security checkpoint to accompany a friend to her gate, shutting a terminal down for more than six hours.
These days it's understandable that nerves are a little jangled at 35,000 feet. We must put our faith in technology and law-enforcement to keep us safe. And when travelling long distances, a little more common sense and decency will go a long way toward keeping us sane.

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