Most recently in one my classes, I made the joke that people should start getting evaluated on their grades by successfully passing through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line at a major airport during peak times with a short time span between getting in the TSA line and reaching their gate. I love to travel, but I cannot stand waiting in the security line and board the plane. It seems that people have lost their commons sense skills. A few weeks ago I was traveling from Chicago to Oklahoma City at one of Chicago's major airports, and a family was standing at the front of the boarding lane when clearly their boarding group was not even called. When other boarding groups were being called, they just stood there without barely moving. I was clearly agitated that the people working the counters would not say anything.
Ladies and gentleman commons sense go a long way in the airports. If your boarding group is not being called or even close to being called do not block the way for others because for a few more dollars you can purchase priority boarding if you need to be one of the first to board the plane.
If it were up to me, college students would need to pass a common sense test. I would set them off to a major airport (e.g. New York's JFK, Chicago O'hare, Los Angeles International Airport, or Atlanta) to fly domestically from one major airport to another. I would then make the student go through security at peak times and give them one of the middle boarding groups where the plane are filled with first-time flyers.
Students would be evaluated on their patience, politeness, and if they have any common sense. For a bonus, they could fly to an international destination where they have limited ability to speak the language. And let's not forget its a resume line for real world experience.
Where else would you get a real world experience dealing with people who forgot common sense and manners?
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