Yeah – the Christmas spirit sometimes doesn’t spread to the airport. This weekend the airports all over the world will be packed to capacity, flights will be late, people will get bumped and sooner or later the question will be asked “Are we having fun yet?” It’s just a fact of life that travel over Christmas – particularly the few days just before Christmas – tend to be the busiest and the most stressful. This is not only for the travellers but also for airport staff who have to take the brunt of people’s frustrations.
Come on Santa – you know the luggage rules!
So I am not going to give you the usual advice – arrive early, don’t pack your gifts – etc. We hear this every year – ad nauseum. Instead I am going to give you some other advice for coping with Christmas travel over this time.
Honestly – it works every time. Just try it! It is very hard to resist a smile, hard to be angry or irritated with someone smiling at you. It will cut the tension i n half.
TRY SAYING PLEASE AND THANK YOU
In these days of forgotten manners it really does make a difference when you ask nicely and add a please or a thank you.
WATCH THAT BACKPACK
Seriously – don’t turn around suddenly when you are standing in a line-up. You could kill someone.
AND REMEMBER – YOU ARE ON HOLIDAY – IT’S BETTER THAN WORK