Re: International Flights - Wear Uniform?
hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 08:15:22 -0400
On Tue, 6 Aug 1996, Randy Ritter wrote:
> Fellow Scouters,
> On Thursday I will be leaving with 27 of my Scouts and 18 adults on an
> 18 day trip through England, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy,
> Switzerland and France.
> Several parents of our Scouts have brought up a concern regarding us
> wearing our Class A uniforms while flying to London and from Paris.
> The thought being that our military-like uniforms might attract
> attention for those looking to disrupt, hijack.. a flight.
> Travelling in Class A's has always produced positive experiences for
> our boys in that we've made many new friends with other scouts and
> former scouts, who would not have approached us had we been in casual
> attire. It is also easy to keep an eye on the boys as well as pick
> them out in a crowd.
> Should we fly dressed in Class A's, B's, shirts and ties, or casual?
> Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> Isn't it awful that this should even have to be a concern?
> YIS Randy Ritter, Eagle '82, SM Trp 3, Housatonic Council,
> Derby Connecticut email@example.com
Randy, this is for you, though I thought that I would express my views to
the group, too.
Bluntly .... travel in full summer (shorts/short sleeve shirts) uniform.
Any group that is going to target an aircraft to disrupt, hijack, etc. will
probably have chosen their target long before they know there is a Scout
unit on theflight. Whether you wear your uniforms will not effect that
decision. It could deter someone ON the flight doing some snap decision to
You mention the good points of wearing the uniform. Do not let ANYTHING
take that away.
Enjoy the trip.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman
Jackson, NJ Troop 250, Lakewood, NJ
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