I din’t have a lot to do with train commuters until I met some on Twitter. Then I discovered a whole new world of #traingin, #amateurs and #traintweets. I travelled by train myself for the first time in a while last week, and doing subsequent conversations, the following developed:-
The Train Proficient User Test
1. Have you turned off notifications, clicky keyboard noises and game sounds on your phone?
2. Can you move all your luggage at once by yourself?
3. Should you read a broadsheet, and if you do, is it acceptable to hold your hand in front of the face of your next seat neighbour?
4. Do you believe that seats are for bags, feet, coats or bottoms?
5. Is it generous to share your musical taste with your fellow travellers, or downright antisocial?
6. If you are using your phone should you speak loudly enough to ensure that
a) all your fellow passengers can hear how important you are, and that you are on a train?
b) the person at the other end can hear you with or without the phone?
7. If you have a choice of seats available to you, and you will need to move several times during your journey, is it more sensible to sit next to the aisle, or by the window so that you have to climb over the person next to you every time you wish to stand up or sit down?
My proposal is that if you answer any of those questions incorrectly, you should have to undergo intensive train user training, until you realise that behaving sensibly and with consideration for fellow passengers and railway staff makes you a true #trainpro.
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