Stop Airline Shaming People

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I’ve said it on another blog before, I can’t think of anything more exhausting than a travel elitist. People who think that traveling makes them better than you, or that the way they travel is superior to yours. Today I’m specifically talking about the people who shame others about their choice of airline. You’ve seen them on your timeline before:

“Ew, you fly ratchet Spirit Airlines?

“Southwest? It’s like a Megabus in the sky!

“Frontier is basically Soul Plane.”

These people likely chastise others for not making travel a priority in their life, but immediately turn around and degrade their choice of airline when they do. Shouldn’t we be happy they booked the trip at all? Isn’t the reason for travel the destination, not the transportation? It’s hypocritical for the travel community to think this way, and quite off putting to those on the outside.

You know the type of people who weave in and out of traffic doing 50 in a 30, cutting people off, just to end up at the same red light as you? That’s basically the logic of airline shaming. You can do whatever you want to get to your destination, but we all end up in the same place when we stop.

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Let’s say Kelly flies to Dubai first class with Emirates, but Darryl flies economy with JetBlue. Guess what, at the end of the day they both end up in Dubai. Kelly may have gotten there faster, and enjoyed her flight more, but they have the same damn passport stamp when they return to America.

The real gag is the policies of the budget airlines that receive the most backlash are being slowly implemented by the “big guys” everyday. You may notice that your favorite airline charges $79 for a window seat, or places new smaller size restrictions on “carry on” luggage. The first class seems to be disappearing, or they’re considering eliminating seats in whole. They offer new different “classes” of fares, or charge you for snacks and beverages. So I mean, if we’re all going to get nickel-and-dimed, can we fault anyone for just choosing the airline with a lower base fare? 

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Let me be clear, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having your own travel preferences. You just can’t force them upon everyone else. Basically, at the end of the day we should all just celebrate each other getting on a plane to travel, period. Stop the debilitating crabs-in-a-barrel mentality of making others feel less-than because they don’t have the same exact priorities as you.



That being said, what’s your favorite airline?








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Lauren is a Chicago native and budget traveler obsessed with foreign languages, neuropsychology, dancing, and applesauce. She recently quit her full-time job in social services to be a human English dictionary in Madrid, Spain.