Plain Etiquette — Lessons from a Wise Sky

Plane etiquette should actually be called plain etiquette. The way we treat people on planes is the way we treat people. Period. Plain and simple. Recently I’ve seen several posts and videos about passengers behaving badly on planes: people clipping their toenails, people sleeping with their bare feet stuck into the air above the person […]

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Lessons From a Wise Sky. How to Behave Poorly on a Plane: a Primer

Anyone can behave considerately on a plane, but it takes real talent and a will of steel to make an ass of oneself in such a controled environment. If you follow these simple guidelines, however, you’ll have no problem–but you’ll certainly cause a few. 1. Piss-poor comportment on a plane begins even before the plane […]

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Worst Air Passengers of 2012

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually helps.) Another installment of Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, I know we’re only done with half of 2012, but I’m feeling particularly surly after my trip to the US–surly in an adorable way of […]

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Top Ten Worst Air Passengers of 2010

Christmas in Singapore(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ______________________________ Another installment in the series Lessons from a Wise Sky. Merry Christmas, everyone! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, well Merry all-the-other-holidays too! I thought some of you might be taking to the skies this […]

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Two Types of People in this World

A very Wise SkyAnother installment in the series Lessons from a Wise Sky. Yes, we’ve all heard it. There are two types of people in the world: those who believe there are two types of people in the world and those who don’t. It’s so true. But seriously, there are indeed two types of people […]

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Lessons from a Wise Sky: Number Three

A Wise SkyI very rarely need to talk. Often, I go all day without opening my mouth (I can eat through my ears). As a language teacher, I’ve been trained to listen patiently, nod occasionally and smile. I’m not a good listener; I’m the best (except of course when I’m eating through my ears). Why […]

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Lessons from a Wise Sky: Number Two

A Wise SkyWhen I fly, I always have something gluten-free in my backpack. Be prepared, right? Well, I haven’t always been such a Boy Scout. This lesson took me several years to learn, like playing the clarinet or acquiring Urdu. Last year I was on my way back to Munich from Nashville on my whipping-boy […]

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Lessons from a Wise Sky: Number One

A Wise SkySince I’ll be flying quite a lot this year, I’ve decided to spend the next few weeks cataloguing all the knock-down-drag-out fights I’ve had on airplanes. I thought about starting with a sequence of stories entitled “Adorable Psycho Banned from Airline,” but I think I’ll save that story for my series “Adorable Psycho […]

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