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“Do You Know Who I Am?”: The Definitive Thread of DYKWIA Stories

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Old Feb 9, 11, 8:29 am
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Angry I pulled the DYKWIA card. It worked!!!!

In an effort to keep the story short I am omitting a lot of details. There were 3 people traveling with me all with carryon’s that i provided them and used in the past with no issue on many delta flights.

all of my companions cleared security with no issue, as 2 of the companions walked to the gate I waited for the 3rd about 10 feet away from her. She was sitting down with her bag putting on her boots.

A TSA agent who came from the gate area then approaches her, at first I think he is trying to flirt with her as she is gorgeous but thats besides the point. The TSA agent in a loud mean voice says MISS YOU MUST CHECK THIS BAG ITS TOO BIG. I walk over and ask her whats wrong the TSA agent says the bags to big blah blah blah. I cut him off and said since when is the TSA enforcing airline policies and if the bag is too big we can gate check it.

We get into a headed debate he threatens to call police I offer him my phone. I spot a red coat and tell him the problem and he says if the TSA says the bags too big its too big I say what ever so what do we do now.

Redcoat says that since my flight is leaving soon that one of us would have to miss the flight because they can't separate baggage from the owner, and he then tells us that if we took the time to learn the rules this wouldn't of happened. The entire time he was being condescending.

I don't remember exactly what I said or did but my friend says I cocked my head, rolled my eyes and said (I am quoting her as she quotes me) "Do you know who I f****en am? I am a platinum member is this how you threat your plats?"

I really don't remember saying the F word but ya know what I probably did.

As soon as I said that the redcoast attitude changed. He asked for my boarding pass, he began addressing me by my last name, escorted me to the gate even pulled the bag. He then had them gate check it and kept apologizing.

Anywho the bag has its yellow tag I am walking down with my friend to the plane and I ask the FA if there is any room left in the overheads she plenty and we stuck it in an overhead with no problemo.

So at least at JFK if you use the DYKWIA card you can get your way.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 8:38 am
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Your mistake was attempting to have an intelligent conversation with TSA agents. It is easier to just ignore them and walk away. They won't chase after you too far as their electronic collars will tell their probation officers that they have left their place of employement.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 8:40 am
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Good for you!
I recently almost missed a connection in ATL. I was last one to board an MD88 and the FA told me I had to gate check my bag since ALL overhead space is gone. I said it fits under the seat and he said no, have to check it. OK, gate checked it and went to my exit row seating. There above me was plenty of overhead space and below was plenty of space since the seat next to me was empty. When the FA walked by I asked if my bag had been checked yet and he said yes, too late. When I deplaned I realized it was not "gate checked" like on a Barbie Jet, but had to be picked up at baggage claim. Rats!
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Old Feb 9, 11, 8:45 am
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Thumbs up Good For You - Me Too

I had a similar experience at LGA and my Dividend Miles card greased the skids for me personally. Although, I usually fly with a tiny carry on. I just returned from Japan. I took two shirts and socks for ten days.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by USAF_Pride View Post
Your mistake was attempting to have an intelligent conversation with TSA agents. It is easier to just ignore them and walk away. They won't chase after you too far as their electronic collars will tell their probation officers that they have left their place of employement.
+1...I have used this method in the past when at the gates...it really does work (at the security checkpoint if they are being out of line dont be afraid to ask another agent to grab the duty manager-not a supervisor)
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Old Feb 9, 11, 8:51 am
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Originally Posted by HWGeeks View Post
"Do you know who I f****en am? I am a platinum member is this how you threat your plats?"
LOL Platinum?

COMING THROUGH, COMING THROUGH. Do you know who I am? I'm Kathy Griffin! Get out of my way, you A list Diamond bores. I'm a D-list Platinum! Out of my way!
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Old Feb 9, 11, 9:23 am
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I've found JFK agents to be by far the most status-responsive in the system. Once I missed my flight to BWI (totally my fault). I apologized, assuming I'd stand by on one 5 hours later that was sold out. The agent forced me onto an oversold DCA flight that was leaving in 20 minutes, walked me through security to the gate, and made sure the agent got me a good seat. I was seriously in awe.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 9:26 am
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Lucky the TSA agent didn't call over supervisor who was also a Diamond to slap the cuffs on you!
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Old Feb 9, 11, 9:32 am
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Originally Posted by tvnwz View Post
Lucky the TSA agent didn't call over supervisor who was also a Diamond to slap the cuffs on you!
Oh, please, you think TSA employees who work in airports actually fly?
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Old Feb 9, 11, 9:41 am
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Good for you, I guess.

Seems like there was a more constructive way to approach this, but I guess you got what you wanted.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 9:53 am
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I don't know, a lot of people are giving the OP a for this. Kind of sounds like complete a-hole behavior to me.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 10:02 am
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Originally Posted by HWGeeks View Post
all with carryon’s that i provided them and used in the past with no issue on many delta flights.
Which in absolutely no way proves that they are in fact legal carryons. Every time I travel I see people, often elite travellers such as yourself, who have what are clearly to the naked-eye oversized carryons.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 10:05 am
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Any size-wise bins in the area? That would have been the best, but come on now, GM/PM/DM know the size restrictions.

Just another example of TSA stepping over the line, and this isn't going to get any better folks.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 10:06 am
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I do have mixed feelings about this. Explaining gate check is one thing, but I am astounded that this behavior would work. If ever I would try it I strongly suspect it would recoil against me.
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Old Feb 9, 11, 10:07 am
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while I agree you were treated rudely, your attitude towards the red coat was also rude (particularly the cursing). Simply saying, "is this really how you treat your platinum members?" would probably have sufficed.
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