Originally Posted by ScottA
In aviation, it's pretty well understood that unless you are working for an airline or in the military (possibly corporate as well) that epaulettes are most definitely a faux-paux. If found on anyone else, they are commonly referred to a dork-bars.
These CCW badges are the dork-badge equivalents.
Once, about 30 years ago, when I had my own Piper "Dakota", a 4-place single engine bird, I took a trip with my wife from Indianapolis to Galveston, Tx. On the way home, as we went near Lubbock, Tx, my wife decided that "we" needed to stop at Lubbock to get some chow and use the head. We followed a light twin prop job Cessna, 6 seats, in to land. After tying down our bird, we went into the "terminal". There was the pilot of the light twin, wearing a "uniform", complete with epaulettes, wings, a captain's hat with scrambled eggs, sitting next to some sleazy-looking blonde dingbat, all puffed up, talking about how as he was on "final approach" to land, he saw this little Piper putt-putting to the airport. He apparently was connected to the Lubbock airport and doing some kind of charter service, like flying a local resident to the Houston airport or something. He was obviously deluding himself about other people thinking of him as an "airline" pilot. My wife and I got a good chuckle out of it.