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Gate B22 in the Frankfurt Airport Offers a Lesson in Cultural Differences

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United Nations Headquarters in New York.Photograph by Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images

On my way to Mumbai recently, I had the opportunity to witness the cultural border crossing between Germany and India—also known as Gate B22 at Frankfurt Airport.

There are two distinct cultures at Gate B22—a German culture that expects orderliness, with passengers boarding as their sections are called, and an Indian culture, in which virtually everyone rushes the gate as soon as those in wheelchairs—and others needing extra time and assistance—are summoned to preboard.