Monday, June 05, 2006

Affluent Flyers

I'm struggling to make sense of a recent article that said inflight magazines are some of the best advertising buys to reach households with over $100,000 in annual income.

Only a handful of other publications can boast this income from their readers (Barron's, Wall Street Journal and The Economist).

It still continues to surprise me that people who have this kind of income can still have some of the poorest manners.

Once again Money does not equal Class!

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Raymond said...

Au contraire. It's the rich who don't need manners. Other people have to be polite to them, not vice versa.

Fly Girl said...

Yeah, I guess.

Astroprof said...

Everyone should have manners. If we are not civil to one another, then ..., well there goes civilization.

Fly Girl said...

Some might argue that is exactly what is happening in the world today!

Astroprof said...

Yeah, that is what I am afraid of.

Janet said...

Yep. So sad.

Good manners are always in style. :o)

BoonDoggie said...

It always amazes me when I see other passengers that are rude to the gate agents or flight attendants. As we say in the South, "You can attract more flies with honey than vinegar." I always try to make a point of smiling and being nice when I first get on the plane and in my interactions with the crew. It seems like I get better service that way.

I'd be interested to hear Fly Girl's opinion on a discussion I've been having with some friends. Over on FlyerTalk, a few weeks ago someone mentioned that they bring a box of chocolates onto the plane and give them to the flight attendants at the start of the flight as an appreciation gift. I think that's a very nice gesture to a group of people that make my life easier and do a job that I wouldn't want to do, but in a post-911 world flight attendants would be concerned about receiving food from a passenger. One friend suggested buying a box, leaving it sealed, and saying "Hey, I just bought this box of chocolates, but I only want a couple of them. Would you please distribute this to the crew and give me just a few so I don't eat them all?" So what do you think?

Fly Girl said...

This is a difficult question, because there are so many variables.

A gift is always appreciated. If it's candy or food, it really does need to be wrapped and unopened.

That said, at one time or another, we have all broken that rule of thumb and taken something that was open. For me, it's been something from another crew member, a jump seat rider, or a regular passenger who I see every week on the same flight(s).

Here's what I do when I travel: I'll buy a box of candy, or some other treat, introduce myself to the flight attendant at the boarding door, give him/her the item and ask that it be shared with the crew.

When that happens to me in return, it's always appreciated, and word travels quickly among the crew memebers about the source of the treats.