Few of us can afford to turn left on an aircraft.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by zorspas, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. zorspas

    zorspas Senior Member

    Turkish in lieu of Zazakî

    "Few of us can afford to turn left on an aircraft." (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/jan/10/jumbo-stay-stockholm-hostel-sweden?newsfeed=true)

    What does "to turn left" exactly mean here?

  2. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    English / England
    I imagine the idea is to go into the First Class section on planes that offer it.
  3. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    As Suzi notes, this is a reference to First Class. Note that the writer says in the next sentence "turn right to cattle class"; it is a reference to the relative locations of the sections of the airplane as one boards.
  4. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    The above explanations make sense when you consider that on most planes, the door is between the first class and the coach class sections.

    As you board, you turn left to go into first class, or turn right to go into coach class.

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