Got Kids? Leave them at Home for Priority Boarding
Ok. I get it, holiday travel sucks. Nothing is worse for frequent travelers then having first time travelers inundating the airport with their blank stares and random meandering all over the place. And for the new traveler, nothing is worse than navigating something totally foreign. But sometimes, the holidays, and travel, in general, just make people so stupid it boggles the mind.
I’ve had one hell of a day today. I’m on a last minute mileage run for status. For those that don’t know, mileage runs are the act of flying with the sole intent of earning status and miles. I got up at 6am, flew to Portland and returned to Seattle airport with no problem. I stopped off in the Amex lounge and had a nibble, ready to continue my day!
My next flight was supposed to depart from Seattle to Pasco but it had a mechanical delay. Frustrated, I ran to the Delta Skyclub to ask to be changed to another Portland flight. No problem! 20 minutes after I got that boarding pass, the flight was cancelled.
I then asked to be moved to the Bend, OR flight. NO problem! 20 minutes after I got that boarding pass, the flight was delayed for a mechanical issue.
Never defeated, I went back to the desk and asked for a “functioning flight anywhere in the continental USA that I can fly, turn around, and come back home within three hours.” Smiling, the agent gave me a ticket to Medford, OR.
I’d never been to Medford, OR, but it seemed nice enough. It was a short hour flight down and I was ready to board the flight and come back home. I was seated in First Class so I stood near the front of the line to get my priority boarding.
I’ve flown for years. MANY years. And in all my flying, I’ve seen a lot of stupid things. Today, this took the cake. If you’ve flown before, you know that they have priority boarding for those needing extra time, traveling with small children, military, etc. All those are fine and good, and exist for a reason. THEY EXIST BECAUSE YOU NEED MORE TIME TO GET DOWN THE JET BRIDGE BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING TO HOLD EVERYONE ELSE UP. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.
Today, some imbecile, no… some idiot, no… some complete troglodyte, tried to board the flight early. This was a middle aged man, maybe mid 50’s, who tried to board the flight early. Carrying nothing other than his tennis racquets in a carryon bag, he approached.
“I’m here for preboarding”
“Sir, do you need extra time to board the aircraft?”
“Well, you called for families with small children… here I am.”
“Correct, do you have small children with you today?”
“No, but I have a 6 year old, he’s home with his grandmother today,”
The look on the face of the gate agent was one of mystery and anger. She half looked confused and half looked like he wanted to drop kick the ever loving $#!% out of this complete tool.
Managing to gain her composure, after a moment of total shock, she said “I’m sorry sir, if he’s not flying with you, then you can’t board early…”
Me? I’d had enough today. I’ve been through three flight cancellations and ran around the SeaTac airport more than that dude on the BEEP BEEP BEEP cart that almost flattens you.
I vocalized… “seriously dude? Get to the back of the line…”
I broke. Something inside of me snapped. How can you have such a level of ineptitude and stupidity to think that just because you have a child that is at home with your grandmother that you get to board first.
Sit yo self down…