This article caught my eye because in my world travels, I have kept a keen eye on where rudeness runs rampant and where the population practices a greater degree of kindness and consideration of others. While all of France can’t be categorized as “rude”, I have experienced a greater percentage of haughty behavior in Paris than in most other cities. Since the word etiquette is French, I have always found this to be bizarre and sad. Perhaps the tide is turning and Parisians are thinking that kindness is better? What do you think?
I found this article (press release) and felt compelled to share it. Dressing well is a kindness we give to others as well as ourselves. When we travel, what has happened to making ourselves presentable to others? Have we really just fallen down the “I just don’t care anymore, I’ll wear whatever I darn well please!” hole? I am beginning to think that those of us in society who actually care about what we look like, how we present ourselves to others and showing we care about those around us are losing the battle.
“Cleavage” is Biggest Pet Peeve of Air Travelers
Skyscanner surveyed its traveller community to determine their pet peeves during air travel.
Manila, Philippines, July 06, 2012 –(PR.com
)– What do air travelers find most offensive about their fellow flyers? A survey revealed that their biggest pet peeve has something to do with cleavage.
The survey, conducted by cheap flight comparison site Skyscanner, said passengers find visible buttock cleavage the most offensive about their traveling kin, with 28% of over 2,700 votes.
Often called “builder’s bum,” buttock cleavage is usually due to ill-fitting trousers and careless bending over.
Sweat patches on clothes ranked second with 22% of votes, followed by midriffs and beer bellies on show (18%), offensive logos on shirts (12%), and white socks with sandals (9%).
Breast cleavage caused relatively little offense with only 4% of votes.
In a statement, Skyscanner said it conducted the survey after an American woman was asked not to board a flight because her exposed cleavage was deemed inappropriate by Southwest Airlines’ staff.
“Whilst we’re sure that Southwest Airlines were just trying to keep their passengers happy, airlines need to stay abreast of what’s really offensive. If luggage fees continue to rise perhaps we’ll see less flesh on display if the trend is for people to wear more clothes on board to avoid paying check-in baggage charges,” Skyscanner spokesman Sam Poullain said.
Below is the full list of air travelers’ pet peeves, according to Skyscanner:
· Men revealing “builder’s bum” (28%)
· Sweat patches on clothes (22%)
· Midriff/beer belly on show (18%)
· Offensive logos on t-shirts (12%)
· White socks and sandals (9%)
· Ladies with low-cut tops displaying cleavage (4%)
· Men with hairy chest on show (2%)
· Noisy jewelry (2%)
· Football shirts (1%)
· Flip flops (0.5%)
· Other things (1.5%)
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Cynthia Lett, Certified Etiquette Professional & Susan Abrams, M.A.,CCC-SLP are now offering a new program to focus on social skills for children
ages 11-15 with Asperger’s & High-Functioning Autism. The results of this pro-gram will be a more confident child in social situations with adults and peers. Ms. Lett and Ms. Abrams will be focusing on integrating social thinking concepts and etiquette skills.
Focus will be on:
- meeting new people
- greetings and handshakes
- body language
- conversation skills
- understanding perspective of others
- joining and leaving a group graciously
On March 27 we will also have a dining tutorial at a local restaurant to practice social and dining skills at the table.
When: Sundays, March 20 and 27
Time: 3:30pm—5:00pm each date plus 5:30-7pm on March 27 for Dining Tutorial
Where: Fox Hills Center—8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda, MD (corner of River Rd and Burdette Rd—just off the River Road Exit on the Beltway.
Fee:$ 220.00 including dinner
Space is limited. Reservations are required: Call Cynthia Lett at (301) 946-8208 to reserve your seat no later than March 15th.
Parents will take away tip sheets which cover these topics for engaging your child in conversation about Making A Great First Impression
To download the flyer: First Impressions Count for Middle School