People flying low cost airlines not mentally low class

You will agree with me, I’m quite certain, that people who fly low cost airlines are not of low class mentality. They travel on such an airline because of its low cost (budget fares), or convenience, or availability, right?

After cruising at 35,000 feet up there above the clouds for about four hours or so, the airplane from this low cost airline we were in was gliding down for the touch down. With perhaps one more minute before the tyres would touch the tarmac — the stewardess having already made her standard announcement and instructions including “please switch off your handphones and electronic gadgets” — I was startled by at first one, then two, then three phones giving the notification tones. I mean, those three guys and the rest of us in that plane were not supposed to switch on — No! we were TOLD to SWITCH OFF — our smartphones and gadgets until we were in the airport building later.

An AirAsia airplane being readied for its flight carrying the airline’s customers to one of the cities within its vast network. Photo an illustration only.

Even if those three guys didn’t believe that switched-on smartphones could disturb all the electronics and communications and stuff in the cockpit, they must still obey the cabin crew’s very-simple-to-understand instructions. What if it’s true, what might have happened to the airplane and to all the passengers then? None of us wanted to die just yet. Didn’t those three guys know that we had brought back some tee-shirts and souvenirs for our family members and friends waiting for us at the arrival area or at home?

What can we say to such persons? Nothing. Because they are so empty-headed they cannot accept our friendly comment or advice. Instead of apologizing for their indiscipline, their fault,  they might even react in a rude or rough manner.

So if we are a person not in the position of authority, there is nothing we can do. We just have to accept the fact that there will be people who are of plain low-class mentality. Low class not because they travel in a low cost airline. They would have behaved the same low class way even if they were first class travelers in a normal airline.

Thank God their numbers are small. Although big enough to create plenty of troubles for the rest of mankind. We should be very thankful that our families and friends are not like them. Oh, always remember this:

People are not mentally low class just because they fly low cost airlines.

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