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the traveling public - departing for ORD

The great mass of air travelers is represented in this photo that shows the queue forming at LAX for a flight to ORD. The premium ticket holders are given the courtesy of boarding before everyone else and so they proceed separately in a line parallel to this one. The signage overhead shows boarding sequence 1 and 2 (with all together 5 zones for filling the seats). The overhead monitor confirms the scheduled departure time and final destination (surprisingly some people board the wrong flight because they arrive too early at the gate that their own flight will use after this one leaves).

Back in the 1980s or 1990s the unstated dress code meant that many travelers wore formal or fine clothing. But by 2017 it seems that casual or even dressing "down" instead of dressing "up" is standard practice; a least common denominator to disguise one's wealth, perhaps. Some travelers strive to use their time productively, both while waiting at the gate and lining up, and in the minutes on board before the actual taxi and departure: portable electronic devices in great variety allow audio, video, written material, online browsing, email and other communication, voice communication, or self-contained (no wifi or Internet connectivity in 'airplane mode') games to place with the screen. Others occupy themselves with print material or even paper and pen to write or draw. But others are content to let the time pass without active purpose or intention. I wonder how air transportation will look in 5, 10 or 20 years?

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Taken on November 16, 2017