Over the weekend, hundreds of angry migrants took over Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. They were demanding papers that would allow them to stay in France indefinitely.
For me, the question in these scenarios is always, "What would I do if I was caught up in a similar situation?"
Let's talk through this. Your answers may be very different from mine and that's cool because the goal here is to come up with not only Plan A but the whole darned alphabet. And if you want to smugly proclaim "I wouldn't be there in the first place because I don't travel" please just go away and let the grown-ups talk. Any of us at any time could get caught up in an unexpected situation and war-gaming it ahead of time can really help us to take action quickly. Crazy stuff happens in small towns too – you don't have to go to Paris to encounter aggressive or insane people. If it makes you feel better, pretend you're at the post office.
As a side note, there was an exercise in Selco's Urban Survival Course for Women that would have prepared me for it. During the course, we were sent into a mall to locate exits, cover, and concealment throughout. We found some pretty interesting ways out as well as locating a map with fire exits. I found it interesting that this lesson was immediately relevant and it just goes to show how timely the information in Selco's course is.
How can you escape?
When you are in a dangerous and evolving situation, your first strategy should always escape. I know that a lot of you aren't going to like this suggestion because it feels cowardly. But how could you possibly take on 500 people and win? They don't even need weapons to collectively kick the snot out of you.