Sunday, May 01, 2011

International Workers' Day

Since today, May 1, is International Workers' Day in many countries, why not use it as an opportunity to thank the workers on airlines, ships, boats, trains, buses and in hotels and other lodging establishments as well as travel agents for all their hard work? Without them, our trips would not be possible.
How often do we stop to think about the maid at the hotel, the busboy at the restaurant, the Metro driver or all the other people whose work goes into producing a pleasant travel experience for us? Even the much maligned TSA agents help make our trips safer, although they may make us somewhat uncomfortable in the process.
Recent news stories about air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job, and about the rigours pilots and other airline employees endure, often for paltry wages, should make us grateful that there are people willing to do these often thankless jobs.
If you happen to see a travel or transportation worker today or in the near future, tell the person how much you appreciate his or her hard work.

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