You guys have heard me talk about crowding around the boarding area before your group is called. How it slows down the boarding process for everyone, so please don’t do it. Well, you know what really slows down boarding? When someone is standing in the middle of the boarding lane, not moving, completely oblivious to the line behind him. The problem was compounded by all of the people behind him waiting to board, who didn’t realize what the holdup was.
Now, part of the blame should be placed on the person directly behind him, who didn’t make it clear that she was trying to pass by him. But I don’t care who you are–whether you are in the current boarding group or not, don’t just stand there not moving. It is very possible that there are people behind you who need to board! It’s best to just wait to stand up and move to the boarding area until your group is called. But if for some reason you want to be up there, please don’t actually stand in the way of the boarding lanes. Wait to the side, please! And if the person in front of you isn’t moving but you need to pass by, be a little more assertive, as you may not be the only one needing to move forward.
I definitely think that the summer infrequent travelers are the reason for a lot of the recent etiquette issues I’ve noticed lately. That should die down soon, and things will hopefully be back to normal. At least until the holiday travel season!
Readers, are you seeing more travel etiquette infractions these days?