Airport Observations

Published on February 18, 2011 by in Brainzooming - All Posts


If people thought their faces would freeze in the position they’re in at that moment, would they ever make some of the faces they make walking down an airport concourse?

It’s really hard to remember Midway Airport and how it used to be configured when it seemed like that one hot dog stand was the ONLY place to eat.

I’m not proud of the fact people I used to work with didn’t like to travel with me because I walk too fast in airports. I did appreciate that they did like to travel with me because I always had a back-up plan (or would put one together quickly) when something didn’t go right.

So much information about learning suggests we learn better when we actually practice or do something, rather than just listening to how to do it. If that’s the case, don’t you think they should let airplane passengers practice pulling on the oxygen mask? I’m liable to pull too hard and yank that little plastic tube right out, if and when I’d ever have to use it.

After the Southwest plane skidded off a runway at Midway a few years ago, the flight attendant didn’t appreciate it when I told her in the event of a landing like that, I’d take responsibility and direct traffic.

Surprisingly, not everyone wants to sit in the exit row when it’s open seating. At least not the first 62 passengers! – Mike Brown

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4 Responses to “Airport Observations”

  1. I agree with doing vs. listening to how it’s done works best, at least it does for me. So do you target the exit row when selecting your seat?

    • Mike Brown says:

      Karen – I definitely target the exit row on Southwest.

      If the flight doesn’t look full, my favorite seat used to be the aisle seat in the two seat pair in the exit row. The reason? Almost never will somebody take the seat next to you. (That theory did fail me once on a flight to Phoenix where I moved to the interior seat so a 300 pound woman could sit on the aisle. I was stuck for the entire flight.)

      If the flight is more full, I’ll go for the aisle seat right behind the two-seater or the aisle seat directly opposite. The next choice is the window seat on that same side. I rarely will jump at what many consider the best seat on the plane – the window exit row seat with no seat in front of it. Since I’m not ten feet tall, I really don’t need that much leg room, and I’ll opt for the convenience of being able to actually reach my backpack under the seat.

      If it’s a short connection, I will try to sit further upfront in order to get off the plane faster.

      In the old days, I used to love to fly in the backwards seats on Southwest, especially when going to or coming back from Las Vegas.

      I’m sure that’s way more than anyone wanted to know about my seating preferences on Southwest planes, but thanks for asking!


  2. Nancy Ruder says:

    I really want to get a better look at those cartoons on the yellow flotation vests. I think Dan Piraro drew them.


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