Re: International Flights - Wear Uniform?
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 10:17:00 CDT
>Should we fly dressed in Class A's, B's, shirts and ties, or casual?
Fly in Class A's! There is no doubt in my mind that this is what you should
do. The only attention your uniform will get is positive!
This summer I took a group of 19 Scouts and leaders to the Czech Republic.
We wore Class A uniforms over and the whole first day when we toured
Prague. We had many, many positive experiences as people came up to us and
On the plane over, we let people change into "sleeping" clothes so their
uniforms would not get too scruffy.
If any of you are qualified to wear an "Interpreter Strip", do it! My
"espan~ol" strip started many unexpected conversations, and not just with
people from Spain.
Another suggestion, wear a neckerchief at all times when you are a group, no
matter what the uniform is. It is the one thing around the world that
identifies Scouts. Even if the only part of the uniform you wear is the
neckerchief, you will instantly be recognized as Scouts, and many people
will come up to you and strike up a conversation.
Another thing I should say about Class A's when flying is that you are very
rarely stopped at customs. In this regard, I have a short story. On one of
our international trips we had two girls (Explorers) change out of uniform
and get into their "scruffies" on the plane home (unknown to, and without
the permission of, the leader). They were both stopped at customs and their
luggage gone through! One had a present for her dad confiscated because she
was not old enough to be carrying it! They were the only ones in our group
Have a great trip!
T. N. T.
Thomas N. Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota
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