Do you still fly?
Even if you are one to regularly go about as a passenger aboard commercial flights, you’re likely hearing more frequently from those around you that they are now making it a point to fly less.
With increasing frequency, flying is becoming a literal free-for-all…and who wants to be part of that?
The very latest dustup (that we know about, anyway) took place this past Friday when a confrontation ensued as passengers were boarding an American Airlines flight in San Francisco, bound for Dallas. As reported by a wide variety of news outlets, including CBS DFW, witnesses claim a woman traveling with two 15-month-old twins had her stroller grabbed away from her by a flight attendant, who, according to these same witnesses, hit her and almost struck one of her children in the process of snatching away the stroller.
Video evidence of the altercation shows another passenger, disturbed by what he had seen going on with the woman and her children, becoming confrontational with the same flight attendant, and saying to him directly, “Hey bud, you do that to me and I’ll knock you flat.”
At which point, the flight attendant responds with “C’mon, hit me. C’mon.”
The same passenger again says, “I’ll knock you flat,” and there is more jawing back and forth after that.
Although no real violence was perpetrated during the incident, the video depicts an unfortunate situation, with all involved clearly under great stress. It’s rather uncomfortable to watch.
Flying was never the most calming of experiences to begin with…but now, with the fundamental, deleterious changes in the social dynamic that have resulted in a net increase in the stress level for all of us, both individually and collectively, you can expect it to be downright unnerving. Everyone - pilots, air crew, airport staff, and passengers - are each, and all, encountering one another in states of higher-than-ever personal distress - inside of what is already an inherently higher-stress environment to begin with - and the results are simultaneously what you’d expect, and absolutely frightening.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large