The Central Role of Ethics

The departure area for my flight was noisy and crowded as passengers boarded by zones. My boarding pass was marked Zone 2, so I stepped back to allow the Zone 1 passengers to enter the gate. But they kept coming. A suspiciously large fraction of the crowd boarded before Zone 2 was even announced. I couldn’t help noticing that most had bulky suitcases in tow.

I thought about how the airlines created a demand for more cabin luggage space when they began charging fees to check bags. The result is a scramble for overhead space every time passengers board a plane, not to mention the headaches for the flight attendants who must make sure the overhead doors shut. The advantage of boarding early is clear.

I managed to spot ...

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