'What do you think of modern civilization?' 'I think it would be a good idea.' -Mahatma Ghandi
I have been traveling a lot lately, and have another trip coming up this weekend. While I can't wait to get where I'm going, I'm already dreading dealing with some of the characters that airports seem to attract.
Many people these days have forgotten their manners. Some knowingly act outrageous, while others are simply ignorant (I will admit that I am not always sure of what is appropriate - see my post on Wedding Etiquette, for example). For the former group, there is not much we can do. They will likely continue to behave like spoiled reality TV stars and ruin commercial airline travel for the rest of us. For the latter, however, a basic etiquette lesson could help.
A dear friend of mine gave me a wonderful book for Christmas entitled "A-Z of Modern Manners." I recommend it to all of you. It is a relevant and witty guide to etiquette, covering every subject from airplane travel to PDA to how to eat kumquats. Etiquette books make very chic gifts and are also fun to collect. You can buy "A-Z of Modern Manners" on Amazon.com.
Maybe we should start handing out copies at airport security lines.