THIS PAST WEEKEND I WAS STANDING AT MY AIRPLANE SEAT, AS OTHERS WERE, WHILE WE ALL WERE WAITING OUR TURNS TO DISEMBARK FROM OUR SOUTHWEST AIRLINE FIGHT. A MIDDLE-AGED, FEMALE PASSENGER, SEATED IN THE BACK OF THE PLANE WAS, AS POLITELY AS SHE COULD, ASKING TO EXCUSE HER, AS SHE GENTLY PUSHED PAST US. SHE WAS IN AN OBVIOUS HURRY (appeared more hurried than the rest of the passengers whom I could see and hear). ANOTHER FEMALE PASSENGER COMMENTED TO HURRIED PASSENGER TO, “WAIT YOUR TURN.” IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF SOMEONE OF AUTHORITY, AN AIRLINE ATTENDANT, COULD HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT SOME PASSENGERS HAVE A MORE URGENT NEED TO DISEMBARK FIRST (just as some passengers are offered to board before the rest of us), OBVIATING THE NEED FOR SUCH DIFFICULT CONFLICTS AND CONFRONTATIONS.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

September 6, 2021

Saint Louis, Missouri

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