I travel to Europe about four times a year and make an effort never to eat there what I can eat in New York. Sid Lipsey on the easy ways to spot an American.
It doesn’t take a red, white, and blue suitcase and a T-shirt reading “God Bless the USA” to flag someone as an American — especially in a foreign airport. We Yanks tend to stick out. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing; we love it when people walk up to us when we’re traveling overseas and ask, “Are you American?”
But a lot of times, they don’t even have to ask.
Here’s why. The spoiler alert!
- They make a beeline for McDonald’s.
- They’re in sweatpants.
- They’re wearing baseball caps.
- They make fun of where they are…
- …that is, if they even know where they are.
- They try to cut into the security line.
- They strip in the security line.
- They call it a “security line.” (vs. a ‘queue’)
- They think that asking for things loudly is more effective…
- They’re drunk.
I’ve seen all 10.