Rules of (or Ruling) the People Mover

I’m not exactly sure where I want to go with this post yet or what point I want to get across. I guess I will just start by saying this: traveling makes people dumb. This isn’t a new concept that I just came up with and unfortunately I don’t see it changing soon. If you have no clue what I am talking about then you are probably the most irritating type of person this article will probably be about. I see myself writing many of these types of articles on this topic in the future but for now lets just stick to the issue at hand, the People Mover.

First, what is the People Mover? The People Movers are the long moving sidewalks that help people get from one end of the concourse to the other. Also known as a Speed Ramp, Moving Side Walk, etc. The purpose of these machines are to expedite your travel from the Terminal to your departing gate or visa versa.

I’m just going to to jump right in and explain how not to use them. Rule #1: It is not a ride, so don’t stand in the middle of the aisle leaving zero room for others to pass. The airport is not a theme park and although it can be very exciting, most people traveling have spent enough time here that it shouldn’t be anything new. Too many people stand around and block the path of everyone else. Not only is this annoying to other passengers who need to get to their gate asap, it is annoying for the flight crew and anyone who works at an airport. If your flight is delayed during a crew change, its probably because the new crew is stuck behind people like this.

Like every rule there is always an exception. If you are elderly, just had some kind of surgery, have bad knees, or are just exhausted, it is fine to stand on the people movers. If this is the case make sure you and all of your bags are to the far right, and give as much room as possible for others to pass. So lets label Rule #2: Be Cautious of others.

The last Rule is simply, Walk. Under normal circumstances everyone should be able continue walking at the same speed regardless if they are on the people mover or not. The idea is you might get to where you are going a little faster. You won’t accomplish this if you don’t walk.  Actually the Speed Ramps move slower than a walk, so if you are standing on them you are just wasting your time, and everyone stuck behind you. If you are walking and you find that it’s not fast enough for a the guy behind you, refer to Rule #2. Move to the right side and let them pass or walk faster.

In conclusion, if you are one of the millions of people who turn into a babbling idiot when you travel, follow these rules. If you’re not, well you probably are and just don’t realize it. If you’re truly not then, well done.


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