[Ohio-talk] Most recent Dayton experience and learned something about people who help in airports
dkkendrick at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 16 03:10:34 UTC 2014
Marianne and all,
I always get lots of singles before flying just for this purpose. I usually
give two or three, but sometimes five dollars, depending on the extent of
My favorite time was when I had a long, long layover between flights and
asked the guy assisting me to the gate to find a place where I could get a
glass of wine and then describe the terrain from said place to my desired
He did it with major aplomb and was so sweet Settled at my place at a fancy
pants bar, I held my $5 out to him.
"No, no," he said. "I can't take money from you." He had a strong Indian
"Why can't you?" I asked.
"Because ... in my country ... you, you are blind!"
"Oh, it's totally fine," I assured him. "In this country, blind people have
jobs and I am happy to thank you for helping me so much."
He took the money, smiled, and said thank you and goodbye!
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Barbara
Pierce via Ohio-talk
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 9:52 AM
To: Marianne Denning; NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Most recent Dayton experience and learned something
about people who help in airports
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?
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
> Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
> Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
> (513) 607-6053
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