A thing called joe

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The older I get, the more overwhelmed I am by the complexities of the world in which we live. The steps involved in getting even the smallest business task accomplished -- memo, meeting, report, rinse, repeat -- often make me want to crawl under my desk with a coloring book and intentionally draw outside the lines.

And the travel business is rife with minutiae, much of it necessary. Take the recent coffeepot tempest over whether or not airline passengers must discard their carry-on java cups prior to takeoff. The FAA had to consider whether a passenger's low-fat, half-caf latte could pose a danger if it spilled during an abrupt tarmac stop. Some inspectors were allowing cups to be kept, others weren't.

The situation has been thrashed out thoroughly and a memo has been issued by the FAA allowing system-wide, gate-to-gate coffee consumption. A secondary memo is planned encouraging carriers to consider offering passengers the opportunity to voluntarily surrender their coffee before takeoff.

I understand that next month they're going to tackle tea.

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