The V.I.P. Lounge. On Long Forgotten Glamour of Air Travels.

by Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

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On my way home from Amsterdam I was too tired to read, so I decided to watch a movie instead. My choice fell on “The V.I.P.s” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. For those who do not know the movie, I will mention that action is set at an international airport, in the departure hall as well as in the VIP lounge. As I was taking in great costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor and designed by Givenchy as well as the charming old ways of air travels, I took a look around and to my dismay, found none of the glamour around me. Not even a shadow of it. The fellow passenger was happily eating chocolate, leaving chocolate crumbs and paper waste all around, while the other co – passenger was deeply into a loud conversation with a person sitting behind (not to mention the very same passenger parading through the airport with a cow bell on the neck, how very appropriate could that be…). By my iPad, as clearly the movie was not an onboard selection, stood a paper cup with a free tea. I would have chosen the coffee, if it wasn’t bad quality one, and in all honesty – what has happened with complimentary wine and snacks? In any case, the tea was served by not too accommodating flight attendant, which did very little to improve the whole experience.

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And all this while Elizabeth Taylor lounged gracefully in her marvelous dressed, being addressed madame and treated with utmost respect. And even though in economy class I was (as Elizabeth clearly wasn’t…), I still felt that the whole experience could have been more enjoyable if only…

… if only people around would made more effort. More effort to behave in away that wouldn’t disturb others, to dress as if they cared a little more and to try to be at least civil if not friendlier. Am I reaching for the moon? Perhaps.

Or perhaps not. It takes very little effort to smile to your fellow passenger, talk to others in a discreet, no disturbing way, be a gentleman and offer a help to a lady struggling with a heavy suitcase, not to mention dedicating some more effort to finding comfortable yet still presentable outfit. Should I even mention morning shower and moderate alcohol intake through the journey…? Of course I am not the type who orders hairdresser appointment before printing a boarding pass, but I definitely am the one who favors pressed white shirt, more formal shoes, cosy shawl and sunglasses (traveling at odd hours proved that this is a useful air-travel accessory after all…). With good moisturizer, interesting book and refreshing eau de toilette, voila! I am ready to go!

Nowadays air travel lost its charm, but why should that be? If excited by the destination, why not be more careful at traveling and arriving in style?

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