Transportation Etiquette

Aug 8, 2012

In some ways, it's a miracle that we all travel together as well as we do. 

We're jammed into small spaces, and those spaces are mostly getting smaller. And Americans -- unlike, say, the Japanese -- don't use mass transit regularly enough to develop a nationwide set of deeply ingrained behaviors. Instead, we're a culture that travels alone in cars where we never have to accommodate the sensibilities of other people. So it would come as no surprise if just about every journey was a nightmare.
 But mostly they're not. Sure, kids get out of control. Babies cry and scream. Earbuds leak. And the person in front of you tilts his seat back until it rests on your thighs. The small item you placed in the overhead bin has been crushed into two dimensions by people jamming in enormous bags.
 OK, that all sounds pretty awful. That's the show today: how good is our travel etiquette. How could it be better? Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin. **This show was produced with help from John Galiani**