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Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers
And holiday leisure travelers just make that exponentially more difficult.
So, let's take a look at five ways you can annoy business travelers this holiday season. I'm not suggesting that anyone on either side of this dynamic engage in any behavior modification ... because we all know that isn't going to happen. But if you decide to try – to annoy either less or more – this is how you can go about it:
1. Your kids: I know this is a tough one. If the end-to-end air travel process is difficult for adults on a good day it's even harder (a) during the holidays, (b) for adults with children and (c) for children. It really does suck. Do what you can, and make an honest effort. Don't let your kid "cry it out" or practice his first step. You can give up on good parenting for a few hours without causing any lasting damage. Please try to avoid saying, "It's only for a few hours; we don't travel often," to a weary business traveler.
2. Your awareness: is the airport security line moving forward without you? Do you wait until you're at the x-ray machine to realize you need to remove your coat and shoes? You could turn around to see the eyes rolling, but that would just consume even more time. This also goes for your trip to the food court. Be ready ahead of time, or expect someone to say something.
3. Spread out: take extra seats in the gate area – for your bags or anything else. And then, let your kids play on the floor between seats, so nobody can walk by. The gate area is crowded already, and this is just a heroic way to make a bad situation worse.
4. Camp near a power outlet: it's hard enough to find a place to plug in, and business travelers are desperate for the short supply. So, be sure to take up this prime real estate ... even though you don't plan to use it at all.
5. Sense of entitlement: assume the same sense of entitlement that road warriors have. And, I'm actually encouraging this one. Nobody really has a right to feel this way, but it is a formula for some incredible street theater!