[Ohio-talk] Most recent Dayton experience and learned something about people who help in airports

Barbara Pierce bpierce at oberlin.net
Mon Dec 15 14:52:27 UTC 2014

I always tip. They will turn down the tip if they are not supposed to get it. I think ticket agents and TSAs do not take tips. Pilots and cabin crew personnel too. But you are right. There is no way we can know who does and who does not count on tips. I always carry a couple of dollars in my pocket in case someone gloms onto me enroute so that I don’t have to fumble  for cash. The one that I worry about is the taxi loader. I never have cash available, but I suspect I am expected to pay for their snagging me a cab and helping me in. what do other people do about this person?
Barbara Pierce
President Emerita
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
bpierce at oberlin.net

On Dec 15, 2014, at 9:44 AM, Marianne Denning via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> I flew out of Dayton on Friday using Southwest.  It all went very
> smoothly.  The ticket agent politely asked me what service my dog
> provided and I answered that since they are allowed to ask that
> question.  She then asked for an escort to help me to the gate.
> Debbie Baker, Sweetie, was with me working with another agent who
> called her sweetie so that is my new nickname for Debbie.
> On another note, we were flying back from Baltimore and my escort told
> me she only earned $5.50 per hour and the rest of her income should be
> tips.  I did not know we were to tip any of the escorts.  It seems to
> vary from airport to airport because I talked with the woman who
> assisted us in Dayton and that is not the case there.  I guess either
> their name tag or our ticket tells us they work for tips but how would
> we know that? I would like to know about the experiences of other
> flyers.
> -- 
> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
> (513) 607-6053
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