I suppose it’s the ex-airline guy in me, but I’ve always hesitated to wear shorts on an airplane. Certainly, I’ve done it, but it’s not something I do often. Flying is still just a tiny bit special for me, and old habits die hard. While it’s unusual to see me in a full on suit and tie at the airport anymore, it’s been a year or 4 since you saw me on an aircraft in shorts and a t-shirt. Any other former non-revs out there remember trekking to the airport at 4AM on a Saturday in suit and tie? Yes, I thought so.
The truth is, you never know who you’re going to run into when you’re flying. It could be your boss or their boss, a VP of something, or the source of your next job. All this said, it wasn’t enough to stop me on a recent flight. I was working at home in the morning, and heading to the airport in the afternoon. Time caught up with me, and before you know it, I was tossing my business suit in my bag, and booking it to the airport in you guessed it….CROCS. Yeah, I know about the title. 😉
Now, you’ll never see my feet propped on a bulkhead, and you’ll certainly never see them bare on a plane. Truth told, I may have been one of the 10 best dressed on board. Not kidding. But still, I felt way underdressed for a business trip, even if I wasn’t in meetings until the next morning. Luckily, I didn’t run into anyone offering me a new job. This little experience got me to thinking…..have we become too casual about flying? About travel in general? What say you? Here’s a reader poll.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
-MJ, June 30, 2014