Editor’s letter—13 days
For Museum Issue 4, themed The Tip-off.
On a flight headed for Kuala Lumpur, a couple sit on either side of an aisle—seat 28F and 28G—and the female, 28F, is shaking her head ferociously, blonde bob bouncing. She has just been to the economy bathrooms, having made a beeline for the white retractable door as soon as a voice over the loudspeaker confirmed it was permissible to leave her seat. On the journey, she spied what might just be a mid-air miracle; a whole row of empty seats with PREMIUM spelled out in gold lettering on their headrests. No one sitting there! Can her boyfriend believe it? There must be twice the legroom.
It turns out her boyfriend can believe it, but is prepared to live and let live. 28F is in colossal shock at the wastage, however, and—with a maniacal glint in her eye—searches wildly for staff to upgrade her immediately. She is of the ‘just ask loudly!’ school of thought, where customers are never wrong, and has practised a permanent air of deprivation. On learning premium seats, even when vacant, have a premium price tag, 28F prepares to self detonate. 28G pulls his headphones over his ears and turns the other way.