Friday, March 09, 2018

Do you know anybody like this?

Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow in classics and military history at the Hoover Institution, had occasion to get on an airplane and observe the following. Pay attention: there will be a quiz.
Not long ago I waited for a flight to board. The plane took off 45 minutes late. There were only two attendants to accommodate eleven passengers who had requested wheelchair assistance.

Such growing efforts to ensure that the physically challenged can easily fly are certainly welcome. But when our plane landed — late and in danger of causing many passengers to miss their connecting flights — most of the eleven wheelchair-bound passengers left their seats unassisted and hurried out. It was almost as if newfound concerns about making connections had somehow improved their health during the flight.

Two passengers had boarded with two dogs each. No doubt the airlines’ policy of allowing an occasional dog on a flight is understandable. But now planes are starting to sound and smell like kennels.
Here's your quiz:
1. Who is at fault here?
2. No one is at fault here. Why don't you mind your own business?
Parting shot: In California, 26,000 disabled parking placards are currently issued to people over 100 years of age, even though state records list only about 8,000 living centenarians.

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