Examples from a curated collection of the very best, “Do you know who I am?” stories from the FlyerTalk forums, range from absurd to infuriating and include everything from cringe-worthy exchanges to hilarious accounts of hubris. The assembled anecdotes may serve as cautionary tales for those searching for resolutions to tense air travel complications while still attempting to maintain humility.
When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, a paradox is created. Likewise, when an entitled bride meets an elite business traveler who doesn’t hear the word “no” very often, a DYKWIA perfect storm threatens to rip a hole in all time and space. From FlyerTalker TennesseTom:
If you have your bridal gown do you get your own overhead bin???
This one intrigued me. I was on the shuttle last week in first along with Bridezilla and her gown. Bridezilla got on in front of me and asked to have the gown put in the closet but alas the closet on e170 is really not well suited to her gown so she decides to fold it in half and give it its own storage bin instead. Used an entire other overhead for her bag and a box she had. Only issue here is with one side useless on the 170 this left not much room for others. First two people who tried to use the “dress bin” she told no go and they dutifully took their bags back to coach were there was space. Third guy must not have good memories of his wedding because he was having none of the “dress bin”. Told her that her dress was not entitled to a bin and basically tried to shove his bag in with her dress, Neither behaved well from that point on. He was wrecking her wedding. She was a spoiled prima donna and he felt sorry for the guy marrying her. FA tried to tell them that there was plenty of space back in coach but they both “paid” for FC and were entitled to the space in FC and were never flying delta if again if they did not get their way. Bride finally takes dress to coach and does not return. I assume she sat back there with the dress
Both had complete DYKWIA behavior. She totally had no right to expect there to be an empty bin for her dress but he could have been the bigger person and put his bag a few rows back even if was in egads COACH
In most cases, entitled passengers would have had a much better chance of getting their way if they had simply tried asking nicely before relying on their rights as members of an elite class. That’s not how it turned out for the seat poacher who tried to take FlyerTalker Jameseroh’s seat:
Had a guy with a small child yesterday on my BOS/DTW flight (girl looked like she was over 2 but apparently she wasn’t if she was a lap child). I think it was a gate upgrade because I saw the machine spit out a slip when the GA scanned his phone and he boarded with his wife and she took an aisle seat in EC.
He was my seat mate and boarded a few people ahead of me and I noticed he had some things on my seat and figured since he had a small child he was just getting situated so I put my bag in the bin and he proceeds to sit down in my seat. He told me he needed an aisle since he was holding a child and the GA only had windows available.
I thought it took a lot of nerve to just take the seat and tell me he was taking the aisle. I told him I wanted the aisle and wasn’t going to take the window and he got a lot nasty about it and said it was a short flight. He asked a couple other people to trade that were in aisles and no one would and had the nerve to ask the FA to try to do a seat swap and she wouldn’t.
I guess it wasn’t that big of an issue to have a window seat because he didn’t give it up and didn’t need to get out of his seat the entire flight. If it was that big of a pain for him to be with a lap held child in a window seat he should have declined the upgrade or given the girl to his wife who was in a coach window seat.
I would have probably switched with the guy (and just warned him I was going to be getting up to use the bathroom during the flight and if the girl was asleep he would have to deal with it) if he wouldn’t have just sat down in my seat and would have asked. When someone is sitting in my seat and tells me they want it, then I am not going to do a seat swap.
In addition to forgetting how to read her boarding pass, a flight attendant flying off-duty may have also forgotten that it wasn’t her place to boss fellow passengers around while traveling non-rev. Luckily for her, an off-duty captain was seated nearby to put a stop to the know-it-all cabin crew member’s rude tirade before she put her job in jeopardy according to this story from FlyerTalker EnvoyBoy:
Sitting in 4B yesterday on CRJ700, the first row of EC. Sitting next to me in 4A is young man (late teens, early 20’s) in jeans and a hoodie, big headphones, etc.
Boarding is about done and along comes a DYKWIA non-rev DL flight attendant who begins to rip into him for being in her seat. She doesn’t ask to see his boarding pass or suggest maybe there is some confusion. He’s obviously not a frequent flier and it takes him a moment to figure out what’s going since he was tuned out under the headphones. She continues to berate him and tell he needs to go see a GA to find out where he belongs.
At some point during all this accusatory and unprofessional ranting and raving, she mentions that SHE is in 5A, not him. That’s when a uniformed, non-rev pilot seated across the aisle in 4C who has been witness to this points out to her that the young man is properly in 4A and that 5A is the empty seat behind him.
She mutters something about it not being the plane she thought it was (presumably thought she was boarding CRJ900, where the first row of EC is 5) and then moves along, not even trying to offer an apology.
Very lucky for her it was some novice kid and not me. She would have had a very different response from me during the incident, at her lack of apology, and with a nice follow up note to Delta with the details.
I guess pax aren’t the only DYKWIA on DL.
A passenger who thought her shoes were too expensive to remove at the security checkpoint soon learned that the TSA is not especially impressed by designer labels. FlyerTalk member Canadiantransplant offers this brief one-act play, complete with stage directions, so that we all may enjoy the scene vicariously:
TSA Agent: Ma’am you need to remove your boots.
Younger woman: I don’t want to.
TSA: Are you TSA Pre? No? You will need to please remove your boots.
Younger Woman (whiny voice): But they’re Praaaaada and are hard to get off.
TSA: Well, I’m not the one who chose to wear complicated boots this morning, now am I?
This short drama, of course, leaves some questions unanswered. Not the least of these questions is, “What is the world coming to when owning expensive shoes no longer exempts you from security protocols at the airport?”
This DYKWIA passenger discovered that there is no elite status level perk that offers immunity from assaulting fellow passengers – even if you are simply taking it upon yourself to enforce the rules. Policing other flyers is a time-honored tradition of the most entitled air travelers, but in this case, it seems one elite flyer took things a little too far. From FlyerTalker Puck021:
My favorite story. Flying JFK-MSP, on an A330, flight delayed after FA’s got stuck in traffic, gate next to the SC by the end of a moving walkway. Crowded gate area. GA made an announcement to try to clear the SP area as they start boarding Premium. This guy comes up behind me talking really loud on his BT headset. After he finishes his important call.
Him: “There are too many people in line who don’t belong here.”
Me: “Well there are like 34 seats and Diamonds.”
Him: “Well your not Premium.”
Me: “Yeah I am.”
Him: “Let me see your boarding pass.”
Him: “You have to show me.”
Me: “Are you a GA?”
Him: “Show me.”
Me: “I’m done talking to you.”
So he grabs the shoulder of the guy to the left of me and tries to turn him around and asks him for his boarding pass. That guy says “Get your hands off of me” which causes the BT guy to poke him and say “show me your boarding pass”. Well now I’m thinking that there’s going to be a fight, there would have except for the wise girlfriend of the poked guy who convinces him to ignore the guy. He did until he got to the front of the line where he told the GA that he wanted to file an assault complaint against the poker guy.
I board, the annoying guy boards ans sits across from me in F. Maybe 20 minutes later two Police Officers come onto the plane and tell the guy to grab his stuff and step off of the plane. The annoying guy says that he needs to get to LA for an important deal, and they ignore him and walk him off the flight. Ran into the guy he poked on the flight and congratulated him for getting the guy tossed from the flight. As I had a nice glass of Woodford, I smiled and hoped that he missed the VERY IMPORTANT meeting.
Classic DYKWIA moment.
If the story of this precocious teen in the first class cabin is any indication, then our grandchildren’s grandchildren will still be dealing with DYKWIA passengers when taking shuttles to work on the lunar colonies. It seems entitlement isn’t just the hobby of those who believe they have earned the right to feel superior to fellow passengers and airline employees alike. From FlyerTalker JAldrich73:
One thing I am now sure of is that DYKWIA’s will continue on for generations to come…
I was on a flight from SLC to MCI. I was sitting in the first row of C+. A few minutes later, a family came on board to get to their seats in F. The mother and father were sitting in the last row of F on the right side, and their son, about 14 or 15, was sitting in the last row of F on the left side. The kid pulled his personal electronic device out of his backpack and sat the backpack on the floor next to his seat. He then said “my bag needs to be put in the overhead bin.” Apparently, no one listened, so then he reiterated, “I SAID (with emphasis) my bag needs to be put in the overhead bin!” An FA came along, grabbed the backpack and placed it in the overhead bin. The kid didn’t even thank her.
The FA then asked if he would like something to drink. He stated, “I will have a Coke.” The father looked at the FA and said, “He’ll have a Sprite.” The kid looked at his father and said “I SAID I will have a Coke.” The father reiterated, “I said you will have a Sprite.” The kid then said one more time “I’M GETTING a Coke.” The father then said very sternly, “You’re GETTING a Sprite!”. The kid took his headphones and forcibly put them over his ears with a loud “Hmmmmph!”
At the end of the flight, when we landed at MCI, the kid stated “I need my bag out of the overhead bin.” The father gets up, opens up the overhead bin, grabs the backpack, and hands it to the son. The son looked at his father, and said “Why did you do that? That’s why we have Flight Attendants! It’s their job to do what we want them to do since we are flying First Class!”
After the family got off the plane, and before I got off, the FAs just shook their head in disbelief.
Perhaps the only good part of the DYKWIA crowd (other than the obvious entertainment value) is the rare chance to see an entitled flyer getting knocked down a peg in the wild. An elite passenger at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) learned the hard way that having status doesn’t mean you can treat airline employees like indentured servants. From FlightAttendantSteve:
While commuting last week I watched a DYKWIA go off on an ATL GA, dropping the F-Bomb every other sentence. And he was screaming that he was a DM. Was priceless to watch his face when the Captain of the AC that walked up to the GA to get his release ask him if he was traveling to XXX… Then proceed to tell the GA to rebook Mr DYKWIA since he would NOT be traveling on his AC to XXX after witnessing how he was treating/talking to the GA..
I doubt he’ll act like that again..
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