Is it just me, or does it seem that the number of passengers who pre-board has finally exceeded the number of regular passengers?
As the population of travelers rises with the temperature outdoors, it is more apparent every day that we have become a nation of “needy” people. Either that, or the airlines have greatly relaxed their definition of what it takes to board early.
Unfortunately, I think it is the former.
Perhaps it is my my over-active imagination, but it’s as if more and more passengers are hearing some fictional gate agent use the following words during the pre-boarding announcement:
“Ladies and gentlemen, before general boarding begins, we invite those of you who need a little extra time to board the aircraft. If you have any of the following, you qualify, so feel free to jump to the head of the line:
* Sprained finger.
* “Children” who are under six feet tall.
As my blood pressure rises upon seeing so many slackers take advantage of this opportunity, the imaginary gate agent continues the announcement with the following words of encouragement:
“That’s right folks, just run over those 80-year-olds who are using walkers and canes and are in your way. They’re part of the Greatest Generation and have too much pride to let a simple hip replacement qualify them for early boarding. All aboard!”
I am not belittling the gate agents — their jobs are tough enough without becoming Jetway police. I’m just saddened by the ever-growing number of people in the Entitlement Generation who have little or no self-restraint. Let’s all strive to be a little more other-centered during our travels.
“The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience.”
Leo Tolstoi, War and Peace
Doug Lipp is the author of Stuck in the Middle Seat.