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DYKWIA stories (Traveling on United Airlines) [2016 onward]

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A thread making {gentle} fun of the anonymous "Don't You Know Who I Am" (DYKWIAs) we run across in our travels.

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Old Jan 22, 19, 11:54 am
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I would like to coin the term shoe pearl rich...

I don't want to divulge too much information but....

I boarded early because of a knee injury and settled into 2B. I am not really paying attention to boarding and about 25 minutes in or so a lady boards and has a Louis Vuitton duffle bag and a LOT of bling. She is in 1B. The immediate overhead space is full and she asks the flight attendant to please put her bag up for her (she is perfectly able). The FA handles it well and is polite and firm and says no. The lady huffs and puffs her way back to row 4 or 5 (How I captured this picture). She then proceeds to complain to 1A loudly how this is unacceptable, blah blah blah. He puts on his headphones and she shuts up.

I slept most of the way and when we get to the gate I get up to stretch since my knee is hurting pretty badly. Shoe Pearl Rich Lady about knocks me down and tells people to move out of the way so she can get her bag.
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Old Jan 22, 19, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by CO_Nonrev_elite View Post
While I didn’t quite hear a “DYKWIA” uttered, I had a good laugh at SEA catching 419 to IAD yesterday. The agents did their usual Disabilities, Military, GS, Parents call, and then when the agent called for 1K’s to board, this woman who was about 15 people back in the Group One line, literally started shouting... “1K, 1K, Out of the way, 1K coming through" and literally was a like a bowling ball knocking down all the people in the line in front of her to push her way to the front. Rather than getting annoyed, most of the people in the group one line all laughed at her....
I think we've all met a variation of this person.
I've seen multiple GS/1K push through (of course with like 7 carryons) - some with audible grunts, some silently, but I've yet to meet a screamer
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Old Jan 22, 19, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by NDtraveler View Post
I don't want to divulge too much information but....

I boarded early because of a knee injury and settled into 2B. I am not really paying attention to boarding and about 25 minutes in or so a lady boards and has a Louis Vuitton duffle bag and a LOT of bling. She is in 1B. The immediate overhead space is full and she asks the flight attendant to please put her bag up for her (she is perfectly able). The FA handles it well and is polite and firm and says no. The lady huffs and puffs her way back to row 4 or 5 (How I captured this picture). She then proceeds to complain to 1A loudly how this is unacceptable, blah blah blah. He puts on his headphones and she shuts up.

I slept most of the way and when we get to the gate I get up to stretch since my knee is hurting pretty badly. Shoe Pearl Rich Lady about knocks me down and tells people to move out of the way so she can get her bag.
Those boots are eerily similar to the Nazguls' boots in LOTR!! Egads!
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Old Jan 24, 19, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by CO_Nonrev_elite View Post
While I didn’t quite hear a “DYKWIA” uttered, I had a good laugh at SEA catching 419 to IAD yesterday. The agents did their usual Disabilities, Military, GS, Parents call, and then when the agent called for 1K’s to board, this woman who was about 15 people back in the Group One line, literally started shouting... “1K, 1K, Out of the way, 1K coming through" and literally was a like a bowling ball knocking down all the people in the line in front of her to push her way to the front. Rather than getting annoyed, most of the people in the group one line all laughed at her....
I'm not a huge fan of the 1K pre-board. Pre-boarding is getting a little crazy and the number of gate lice now is going up a lot, especially on some routes.

I don't know who is the DYKWIA, but I was getting ready for a flight and there are the 10-12 people milling around the check in counter. A couple has been slowly easing their way closer to the podium and the stop short right besides me. 1Ks are going to be last called. But before they are called, she starts to try to wriggle past me. I just shoot her a crusty look, that was really way over the top- the kind of look that should be reserved for genocide conspirators. And she just stops in her tracks. Actually didn't think that she would stop. Felt bad about it now, and she seemed to realize that she was being a bit pushy and felt bad about it.

Still boarded in front of her.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 12:54 am
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Originally Posted by PushingTin View Post
I'm not a huge fan of the 1K pre-board. Pre-boarding is getting a little crazy and the number of gate lice now is going up a lot, especially on some routes.

I don't know who is the DYKWIA, but I was getting ready for a flight and there are the 10-12 people milling around the check in counter. A couple has been slowly easing their way closer to the podium and the stop short right besides me. 1Ks are going to be last called. But before they are called, she starts to try to wriggle past me. I just shoot her a crusty look, that was really way over the top- the kind of look that should be reserved for genocide conspirators. And she just stops in her tracks. Actually didn't think that she would stop. Felt bad about it now, and she seemed to realize that she was being a bit pushy and felt bad about it.

Still boarded in front of her.
I've read this a couple of times and I'm still not sure what happened. You were in line to board and someone tried to cut in front of you ?
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Old Jan 24, 19, 8:14 am
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I've read this a couple of times and I'm still not sure what happened. You were in line to board and someone tried to cut in front of you ?
This is my problem with 1K pre-boarding. There's no line to cut into (except at NRT).

Instead, people hover somewhere near the entrance to the gate area and more-or-less wait for 1K pre-boarding to be called -- but since there's no line, it's impossible for anybody to tell the difference between other 1Ks waiting for the pre-boarding call and non-1Ks who like to stand near the gate... and so you get this mass of people all independently moving toward the gate agent like the 1K Zombie Apocalypse.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
This is my problem with 1K pre-boarding. There's no line to cut into (except at NRT).

Instead, people hover somewhere near the entrance to the gate area and more-or-less wait for 1K pre-boarding to be called -- but since there's no line, it's impossible for anybody to tell the difference between other 1Ks waiting for the pre-boarding call and non-1Ks who like to stand near the gate... and so you get this mass of people all independently moving toward the gate agent like the 1K Zombie Apocalypse.
PERFECT!
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Old Jan 24, 19, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by PushingTin View Post
I'm not a huge fan of the 1K pre-board. Pre-boarding is getting a little crazy and the number of gate lice now is going up a lot, especially on some routes.

I don't know who is the DYKWIA, but I was getting ready for a flight and there are the 10-12 people milling around the check in counter. A couple has been slowly easing their way closer to the podium and the stop short right besides me. 1Ks are going to be last called. But before they are called, she starts to try to wriggle past me. I just shoot her a crusty look, that was really way over the top- the kind of look that should be reserved for genocide conspirators. And she just stops in her tracks. Actually didn't think that she would stop. Felt bad about it now, and she seemed to realize that she was being a bit pushy and felt bad about it.

Still boarded in front of her.
Care to repost? This makes zero sense and hard to understand what really happened and why such a big deal "genocide"?
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Old Jan 24, 19, 8:58 am
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Those boots are eerily similar to the Nazguls' boots in LOTR!! Egads!
actually those are chanel. :sigh: don’t even get me started on how i know that
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Old Jan 24, 19, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
This is my problem with 1K pre-boarding. There's no line to cut into (except at NRT).
In HKG, in December they also organized a line for the 1Ks. I think it's to follow the same modus operandi that they had before. They always have agents going through the lines checking passports and boarding passes and in the process they make sure that passengers are in the correct lines. The checking of everyone in every line happens too in PVG and PEK.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 10:37 am
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Not quite a DYKWIA but my wife , my GS companion, was waiting to board a recent flight and a lady crowding the boarding area clearly annoyed when they called for GS, and my wife said excuse me as she boarded
the lady said really really loudly,

“you go fancy lady”, she then proceeded to drink several glasses of her preferred wine , spilling the last glass, and being really rude to the flight attendants

my wife proactively complimented them and wrote a letter in their support
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Old Jan 24, 19, 10:44 am
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This AM first flight ORD > LGA GS shows up at the end of boarding with a roller board and huge carry-on while he's in 1A. Proceeds to berate the FA when they calmly say "let's see if we can find anything farther back for you...". Ultimately found him something a few rows into coach but he wouldn't let it go. As we disembark he was still complaining loudly to the FA about "being late for meetings" because he had to wait 90 seconds to get his bag. I just stared at him until we made direct eye contact for long enough that I guess he got uncomfortable and shut up. People are ridiculous. Not what I needed after a 3:40 AM wake-up call on a -5 degree day in Chicago.
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Old Jan 28, 19, 12:04 am
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Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
This is my problem with 1K pre-boarding. There's no line to cut into (except at NRT).

Instead, people hover somewhere near the entrance to the gate area and more-or-less wait for 1K pre-boarding to be called -- but since there's no line, it's impossible for anybody to tell the difference between other 1Ks waiting for the pre-boarding call and non-1Ks who like to stand near the gate... and so you get this mass of people all independently moving toward the gate agent like the 1K Zombie Apocalypse.
That is exactly my point. And that GAs call the groups in seemingly random order, it makes it even more of a cluster. Obviously, for bag issues, I usually don't care- except if I'm in a bulkhead row, on a small 318/19 especially. Other than that it just irks my inner (and usually dormant) order freak. I LOVE lines. They are simple, they are monovariable. Everyone knows what the order is. The degrees of freedom in the BP doesn't need to be there.
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Old Jan 28, 19, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by PushingTin View Post
That is exactly my point. And that GAs call the groups in seemingly random order, it makes it even more of a cluster. Obviously, for bag issues, I usually don't care- except if I'm in a bulkhead row, on a small 318/19 especially. Other than that it just irks my inner (and usually dormant) order freak. I LOVE lines. They are simple, they are monovariable. Everyone knows what the order is. The degrees of freedom in the BP doesn't need to be there.
Ditto on the benefit of lines, but the order is very clear and the gate area monitors reinforce that -- so except for the (smaller and smaller number) of GAs that go rogue no 1K should be surprised by the pecking order at this point. As the GA paged at the beginning of my last trip "Our final pre-boarding group is here more often than I am -- our Premier 1K flyers, you know who you are -- 100,000 or more miles per year -- you are welcome to pre-board and thank you for your business..."
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Old Jan 28, 19, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by lincolnjkc View Post
As the GA paged at the beginning of my last trip "Our final pre-boarding group is here more often than I am -- our Premier 1K flyers, you know who you are -- 100,000 or more miles per year -- you are welcome to pre-board and thank you for your business..."
Well, not quite true. Three round-trips in paid Z east coast to SIN gets you enough PQM for 1K.
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