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Route maps in flight magazines

April 28 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Today I travelled with Lufthansa. This has been a long time I have not flown with this airline. When I picked up the flight magazine and started looking at the company’s routes, an old story came to my mind. A few years ago I was travelling to Mauritius from France with Lufthansa to visit my relatives from my mother side. Upon arrival I kept the flight magazine and was reading the pages with the route maps on the beach when a policeman came to talk to me. It was not that I did something wrong. He was just curious about me reading staring at an atlas for minutes. We started to discuss and he said that he could not afford to buy an atlas for his children. All his wages go to buy food and pay his (subsidized) rent. I realized that I live in a privilege situation and gave the magazine to the policeman. Nowadays I can still spend an entire (short) flight looking at the maps thinking about those children whether I helped them having better grades in geography.

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