I awoke this morning to a Facebook post from Dave, a friend of mine:
Fellow travelers. Here in the good old USA we walk/drive on the right. Should you find yourself constantly staring down face to face hordes of people dodging around you going the opposite direction, you need to select your “other” right. Furthermore, when necessary to stop and collect yourself, masses bumping, cursing and similarly dodging you like a school of baitfish avoiding a pack of predators, you need to move the hell out of the flow! Self Awareness, clearly a lost art to the airline flyer……..
Dave is a road warrior, traveling the US (mostly Southeast) for his job. Frequent travelers see more of the ins and outs of an airport than normal folk. They’re also generally in more of a rush than most (I know I frequently am). Whether it’s booking a tight connection because I know I can make it or rushing to try to catch an earlier flight to make it home a bit early to the family after a long week on the road.
His comments struck a chord with me, mostly because I like to move through airports pretty quickly. But, it got me thinking, how many people actually believe in “rules of the road” in an airport? I know I always walk on the right side of a hallway in airport terminals except when I move into “the passing lane”, veering onto the other side of the hallway while dodging some traffic to get ahead of slow-moving people.
And, there’s no question I’ve had my fair share of moments where I was moving down a terminal walkway at a pretty good clip only to find a person or persons stopped in the middle of my path, with plenty of space for them to have stepped out of the flow of traffic.
So, what’s the verdict? Do you believe in the rules of the road for airports? Which side of the terminal do people who drive on the left think they should walk down?
Do we need more outreach so everyone understands the “rules of the road”?