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

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Mon Dec 15 15:00:21 UTC 2014

Barbara, I believe you should tip the person who works at the door to
help you get a cab.  I am pretty sure those people are the skycaps and
they definitely work for tips.  I wonder if some general airport
etiquette and do's and don'ts for blind flyers would help. It seems so
much more vague than I thought it was.

On 12/15/14, Barbara Pierce <bpierce at oberlin.net> wrote:
> 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
> 440-774-8077
> 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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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053

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