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Should airlines impose a passenger dress code? [Google+ Hangout]

December 11, 2012|By Hugo Martin

If you cringe at the thought of flying on a commercial flight, you are not alone.

You probably have lots of complaints about the long lines, intrusive security searches and fees for food, drinks and even pillows.

But airline workers also have gripes, mostly about their tough working conditions and how they are treated by frustrated passengers.

In a recent survey of 700 airline workers in 85 countries, fliers who snapped their fingers to get the attention of flight attendants were ranked as the biggest annoyance.

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Join us at 2 p.m. for a live video chat with former airline crew manager Claudia Helena Oxee and Saint Xavier Associate Professor Joyce Hunter.

A Los Angeles Times story about the survey results and comments by Oxee generated more than 260 comments from readers, some of whom complained about how they are treated by airline workers.

"You took a job where you had to deal with the public, paying customers, and you expect to not have to deal with upset customers?" one reader said of airline workers.

But others said passengers are partly to blame for the tensions in the air.

"People dress like slobs -- sleeveless and 40 pounds overweight, unshowered, flip flops. Many of them look like they just got out of bed," said another reader.

What's your take on the state of airline travel? Join in on the conversation by leaving your comments and questions below. And come back to this post at 2 p.m. to watch the discussion.

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