So you thought the roads were dangerous?
According to an article in the New York Times this week, something new has become all the rage. Literally. Air rage. No kidding. Air rage.
You’ve probably been there, haven’t you? You’re crammed in your seat in the coach section and you’re way closer to the person next to you than you’d ever choose otherwise to be. You look at your watch and sigh, “How many more hours of this?” And then it happens… suddenly, unexpectedly, ungracefully. The person in front of you, without warning or consideration to the welfare of you or your laptop just reclines their seat back and boom! You’re now pinned tighter than a tick! And ticked you are!
Apparently there have been three flights diverted in eight days recently due to this outrage. The latest happened this week when an elderly woman who was knitting suddenly put her seat back smacking the woman who was sitting behind her who had been resting her head on the tray table. The woman who was hit demanded of the pilot that he “put this plane down NOW!” Really? Another flight, one from Miami to Paris, ended up being put on the ground in Boston because a French man took offense to being reclined upon. But this recent series of spats all began onboard a United flight when a man used a $22 device called a “knee defender” which attached to his tray and prevented the seat in front of him from reclining. The lady in front, when realizing she couldn’t recline, responded by angrily tossing a glass of soda at the man. A verbal fight broke out. This caused the plane to be diverted and set on the ground in Chicago. Both were escorted off the plane.
So this has now sparked a national debate on whether or not we should exercise our right to recline, or whether it is selfish to do so. What is the proper etiquette? According to a recent poll seeking to settle the debate, 61% said it was a passengers “right” to recline, while 39% said it was selfish to do so.
This all reminds me of an article I once read about how to “dominate” the armrest on an airplane. How to claim your space and make certain that the other passenger is the one inconvenienced. Just make sure it’s not you. Geeez.
So what does all this have to do with us? Simply this… how far are you willing to be “wronged?” How much “abuse” can you absorb before you crack? Where is your line that someone better not cross?
Consider these words from the Apostle Paul:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Phil. 2:3-4
Just how far does your relationship with Christ reach? Does it reach all the way up to the sky?