WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DRESS UP ON A PLANE
(P2) Certainly, flights are long and seats are uncomfortable. You want to wear something flexible.
(P4) Here are four reasons why you should dress up on a flight:
(P5) You may get an upgrade
(P7) When AirFareWatchdog.com FOUNDER George Hobica asked a gate agent directly whether they’d be more likely to upgrade someone who was dressed well, the answer was, “Yes, the better dressed you are, the more likely you are to NAB that seat. I am not going to put someone wearing flip-flops up front with our best customers.”
(P8) You’ll save space in your suitcase
(P9) If you’re bringing sweats and schlubby clothes that you don’t plan on wearing again on your trip, you’re wasting precious suitcase space.
(P10) Wearing heavier items like boots and a sweater is not only a space saver, but practical: You can plan other outfits around those items, and thus have more ENSEMBLES while packing fewer clothes.
(P11) You’ll feel better about yourself
(P12) Besides never knowing who you might meet on a plane, you’ll feel better about yourself once you land. You’re also taking a step toward making flying a SPECIAL OCCASION again — and you can’t tell me that travel isn’t a cause for CELEBRATION.
(P13) You’ll make work more pleasant for the flight attendant
(P14) Planes are their workplace. No one wants to wait on someone in basketball shorts and dirty flip-flops.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Do you feel that society has gotten too casual?
- What was the last plane flight you took? Have you ever received an upgrade to first class?
- Do you talk to fellow passengers on a plane flight, or do you KEEP TO YOURSELF?
- Many people feel that plane flights were more ELEGANT and comfortable back in the 1960s and 1970s. What changed about air travel?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Dress up
- No excuse
- Well put together
- Special occasion
- Keep to yourself