Gate lice, those passengers who stand up in the boarding area up to an hour before boarding, have always made me chuckle. Yes, bin space is precious–but I don’t think that is why some people line up early on United’s red carpet. Instead, I think (no, actually I know) certain passengers just like to show off. It’s one thing to line up a little early. It’s quite another to have your gold boarding pass with First Class seat assignment visibly sticking out of your navy blue blazer, engage in a loud conversation on your bluetooth headset, and even break out the laptop for good measure, because, by golly, WIFI reception is just a little better on the red carpet.
Can’t these pitiful people tell no one is impressed? Or are you impressed when you see men and women (but almost always men) of "stature" perched like a vulture on the red carpet waiting to swoop down upon the airplane and collect their pre-departure beverage? Or do you even agree they are trying to impress others?
From a recent trip through Denver: