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

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Old Dec 13, 16, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by kop84 View Post
Unless that other DM was also a runner, he should be well aware that boarding next to last is going to have a high possibility of having to gate check your carry on.
It reminds me of an itinerary I had last year. I was flying on AZ VCE-FCO-TLV with my ex and my daughter. The flight from VCE was very late and we were the last to board FCO-TLV. We had three of the four seats in our Biz row and the remaining seat was empty. Of the three of us, we had only one piece which had to go in the bin but the bins on both sides of the aisle were full.

Call me a DYKWIA if you will but I pointed out these facts to an FA and he re-arranged the luggage in one of the bins in order to fit that one bag in.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Dovster View Post
It reminds me of an itinerary I had last year. I was flying on AZ VCE-FCO-TLV with my ex and my daughter. The flight from VCE was very late and we were the last to board FCO-TLV. We had three of the four seats in our Biz row and the remaining seat was empty. Of the three of us, we had only one piece which had to go in the bin but the bins on both sides of the aisle were full.

Call me a DYKWIA if you will but I pointed out these facts to an FA and he re-arranged the luggage in one of the bins in order to fit that one bag in.
If you were polite about the situation, and worked WITH the FA to find a solution, then I wouldn't call you a DYKWIA. All you wanted to do is find some space for your one item and didn't want it to be in the back of the place.

If you were the "But I'm a SILVER" type when you first approached the FA...no comment.

I often find that being a little humble like Lt. Columbo ("Sorry to bother you...") and less like the high and mighty and uptight Sgt. Joe Friday will work wonders. It's all how you approached the situation that makes you a DYKWIA.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by beachmouse View Post
If 'Media' means he's got $15K worth of camera gear in that bag, I've got a fair amount of sympathy for that. A truly determined ramp agent with malice or incompetence in their heart can manage to break exotic lenses that are supposedly safely cradled in a well-padded Pelican case.
I often travel will $15K + of high end Nikon gear and I get that, but this guy was print only.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by TurfGuy View Post
I often travel will $15K + of high end Nikon gear and I get that, but this guy was print only.
Dan LeBatard??
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Old Dec 13, 16, 6:38 pm
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According to the story the woman walked past the GA without checking in because she wasnt an early boarder, but deserved bag space.

http://renespoints.boardingarea.com/...und-san-diego/

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Old Dec 13, 16, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by 3furballs View Post
As I recall this used to be how UM was handled.
KLM UMs still wear a necklace that says "My name is X and I speak Y" the last time I saw one.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 7:28 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
I posted a story earlier in this thread about a "double" DM that waited to board last with a companion and complained until the GA basically tricked him into getting off the plane and discussing with a supervisor at the gate. Closed the boarding door, and the flight left without them on board.
Fifteen years ago I was flying with my then five year old niece to Orlando. I had no status and didn't know any tricks of the trade. Another passenger came aboard with a BP for my seat. An FA with lipstick on her teeth told me to get out of the seat. I went towards the entry door. She told me to go talk to the GA, but another FA realized the five year old would be left on the plane. She sprang up to where we were, grabbed my arm and told me not to get off the plane. She explained that the first FA was trying to get me off the plane so they could shut the door. The two FAs argued. The bad FA mentioned the gentleman was GM and I had no status. The good FA said as long as she was holding me the plane couldn't take off. The GA came on the plane, offered a few hundred dollars for someone to get off the plane, the other guy went to the now open seat and the plane took off.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by CJKatl View Post
Fifteen years ago I was flying with my then five year old niece to Orlando. I had no status and didn't know any tricks of the trade. Another passenger came aboard with a BP for my seat. An FA with lipstick on her teeth told me to get out of the seat. I went towards the entry door. She told me to go talk to the GA, but another FA realized the five year old would be left on the plane. She sprang up to where we were, grabbed my arm and told me not to get off the plane. She explained that the first FA was trying to get me off the plane so they could shut the door. The two FAs argued. The bad FA mentioned the gentleman was GM and I had no status. The good FA said as long as she was holding me the plane couldn't take off. The GA came on the plane, offered a few hundred dollars for someone to get off the plane, the other guy went to the now open seat and the plane took off.
That was lucky for you, and I guess the lesson here is don't get off the plane.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by Widgets View Post
KLM UMs still wear a necklace that says "My name is X and I speak Y" the last time I saw one.
That sounds like an invitation for a predator to approach the kid by name in his/her own language.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
That sounds like an invitation for a predator to approach the kid by name in his/her own language.
UMs are always escorted by an airline employee or business partner. They aren't alone even for a moment.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 8:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Widgets View Post
UMs are always escorted by an airline employee or business partner. They aren't alone even for a moment.
This is true and the tags are for the sole purpose of ease for the airline employee.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 9:41 pm
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There was an UM on an AA I believe DFW-PHL flight I was on a few months ago and he definitely had the tag/flap around his neck.
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Old Dec 13, 16, 11:26 pm
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No, it's not me!
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Old Dec 14, 16, 12:28 am
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Originally Posted by Widgets View Post
UMs are always escorted by an airline employee or business partner. They aren't alone even for a moment.
....and the UMs never escape from their escorts and the escorts never "lose" a UM? Right, that's not what some recent news stories say.

Why take the risk? Many parents are now careful about clothing with the kid's name and avoid posting information online that could make it seem like a potential predator is a family friend.
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Old Dec 14, 16, 1:15 am
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Originally Posted by davetravels View Post


No, it's not me!
Cool!.
Like this guy who wears a Diamond Medallion cap.
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