Why do taxi driv­ers think they are rac­ing driv­ers?

7 Days in Dubai - - LETTERS -

I can­not un­der­stand how some taxi driv­ers have such ter­ri­ble driv­ing habits. Long hours and a tough job is not an ex­cuse for some of the dan­ger­ous stunts they pull while speed­ing off at a sig­nal or weav­ing through traf­fic. They are bang­ing their foot down on the ac­cel­er­a­tor and not to men­tion speed­ing over speed bumps to get past be­fore the pedes­trian crosses. I can­not speak for any­one else but I have had some roller coaster ex­pe­ri­ences as a pas­sen­ger. My sug­ges­tion would be to limit their cars to 3,000RPM. I’m sure there is also a way to an­a­lyse their driv­ing be­hav­iour with com­put­ers – you do won­der if they are test­ing out how fast they can get from 0-100kph at times. Pat, Dubai “Ridicu­lous”, “Pa­thetic”, “Scan­dalous”, “Ou­tra­geous”. Judg­ing by some of the com­ments on our Face­book page you would think that 7DAYS read­ers were com­plain­ing about the lat­est episode of Keep­ing up with the Kar­dashi­ans. Not talk­ing about this week’s news from Emi­rates Air­line. So Emi­rates has con­firmed that it will it in­tro­duce a charge for econ­omy pas­sen­gers to re­serve their seats in ad­vance. The new fees, rang­ing from Dhs55 to Dhs174 depend­ing on the length of flight, will be brought in from Oc­to­ber 3. Why is ev­ery­one throw­ing such a hissy fit about this? I don’t un­der­stand. It’s not like the air­line is do­ing any­thing new. Bri­tish Air­ways and for a num­ber of other air­lines have been do­ing it for a while now. I know, be­cause when I booked a BA flight re­cently, the op­tion was there to pre-pay for ad­vanced seat se­lec­tion. I de­clined. The rea­son I can’t believe the “up­roar” is that if you just wait un­til 48 hours be­fore the flight, seat se­lec­tion is free. Yes, you read it there. FREE. It’s not like Emi­rates is charg­ing for tick­ets then, af­ter book­ing, charg­ing you again for seat se­lec­tion. Just wait un­til 48 hours be­fore de­par­ture. So read­ers, if you don’t like the new ad­vance pay­ment for seat se­lec­tion, here’s some ad­vice (in true fash­ion of our Face­book com­menters)… “just pack up and go home”. Or you can just look at other air­lines. It’s not like there’s no other choice. Any­way, I’m off on hol­i­day for the week­end and am run­ning late for the air­port. See you in you first-class lounge. On Emi­rates of course. Be­cause there’s no ad­vance pay­ment in first class. Happy trav­els.

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