I’ve been traveling quite a bit over the last few weeks: cross country to California from Alabama, two trips to Washington DC and a trip to Colorado. Throughout those trips, I’ve made some observations about what people think is appropriate clothing and behavior while on public transportation.
Before I get started, let me be clear…I’m all for comfy clothes and I adore yoga pants. However, I must be slightly old-fashioned because I feel like there should be a dress code for flying. I’m not talking about fancy formal wear or business attire. I’m simply stating that there is a need to stop behaviors, such as wearing sleepwear in public.
For instance, why is there a need to wear bedroom slippers thru the airport?
Why is there a need to wearing jogging pants with an Aztec peach and turquoise skirt, paired with a black and white plaid blazer and purple ankle boots?
The sequin jacket with fur lining looks appropriate for the 8am flight…who am I to judge?
The styles of clothing, while entertaining, was just as surprising as the language. I heard lots of swearing, lots of children being yelled out, and lots of exasperated couples.
The most memorable overheard conversation was a couple behind me in the TSA line in Washington DC. The woman turned to her husband and said, “I wish this line would hurry up. I want to eat, poop, and get a drink…and not in that order.” It was all I could do to not giggle…or turn around to get a visual to match the voice of such a statement!
Through all these observations, I began to reflect on how I’m observed in an airport. While I’m not wearing bedroom slippers or a sparkly jacket, do I look like I showered? While I’m not yelling at my son or swearing at my husband, am I speaking in a kind manner?
In my actions, in my clothing, in my words…am I reflecting the love and joy of being a Christian? This next week I’m going to focus on how my words and behavior reflect that I’m a daughter of the one true King…rather than being seen as merely an observation.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.” ~Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)