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

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 Mar 21, 19, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by TexasAggie02 View Post
He probably didn’t think you “looked” like Global Services. I’ve had a couple of those recently.


I didn't. Not with my wool beanie and 2 days without shaving.

But I wonder if he even knew what that is being he was from XXXXX Airlines.

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LOL what difference does the GA seeing your name before you scan make? After you scan, your name and seat number always show up on the scanner screen anyway. And they can also see it on their computer monitor. He was definitely not happy that you got to board before him!


I thought about giving him that whole rundown but I figured he was just in a pissy mood since he couldn't get on first and that it wouldn't matter.


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Old Mar 21, 19, 5:41 pm
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Originally Posted by AugustusM View Post
Here's a new angle for your consumption.

Waiting in SDF for my return to EWR. No boarding lanes so the usual lousing starts to occur. GA begins the pre-board process and I notice a deadheading pilot from another airline not affiliated with United start to push forward, his BP has BG1. GA calls 'those needing more time to board' and an elderly couple gets on. Military is called but there are none. Pilot begins to move towards the scanner when she calls GS so I scan and get on.

I've stowed my bag and was getting my laptop out when the deadheader, who was sitting across the aisle, says, 'Next time you should make sure the gate agent can see your name on the pass instead of just scanning it and getting on'.

I tell him I'll take it under advisement and he says, 'You better'.

I kind of chuckled at that point and got on with my emails. Long story short, I think he was not pleased that he wasn't on first since he had to stow his bag one row back and not over his seat since the cruddy EMB would only fit my bag in that row.
I read that as boarding in SFO for a EWR flight and had a bit of a shock at the end of the post when I though about the horror of flying that route in an E75.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 6:01 pm
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Originally Posted by S.R View Post


LOL what difference does the GA seeing your name before you scan make? After you scan, your name and seat number always show up on the scanner screen anyway. And they can also see it on their computer monitor. He was definitely not happy that you got to board before him!
Absolutely. I wait for the beep to make sure I'm actually reconciled onto the flight / I haven't had a last-second upgrade or seat change / I'm actually using the right boarding pass on the right flight... but once it give the "happy beep" the agent is already mentally done caring about you, IME. Only the "angry beep" draws any kind of attention.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 7:49 pm
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A guy took my bag out of a bin and moved it across the aisle a couple of rows behind me to make space for his. If I had not seen him doing it, I would been in a total panic when we landed and I found my bag missing. I spoke up and of course he lied and said he would have told me but he had no way of knowing who to tell. It still makes me mad to think about it.
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Old Mar 21, 19, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by S.R View Post


LOL what difference does the GA seeing your name before you scan make? After you scan, your name and seat number always show up on the scanner screen anyway. And they can also see it on their computer monitor. He was definitely not happy that you got to board before him!
Right, and what about mobile boarding passes...the GA is supposed to look at all of our screens before we scan? What airline is this guy working for?
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Old Mar 21, 19, 10:57 pm
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A guy took my bag out of a bin and moved it across the aisle a couple of rows behind me to make space for his. If I had not seen him doing it, I would been in a total panic when we landed and I found my bag missing. I spoke up and of course he lied and said he would have told me but he had no way of knowing who to tell. It still makes me mad to think about it.
I trust you called the FA and forced him to put yours back. (I would have done at least that; or if I noticed him taking it down, I'd yell "STOP THIEF!")
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Old Mar 22, 19, 4:34 am
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Originally Posted by 1015-1k View Post
Right, and what about mobile boarding passes...the GA is supposed to look at all of our screens before we scan? What airline is this guy working for?
It started with 'S' and rhymed with 'fear it'.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 9:42 am
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Boarding gate E12 at ORD last night for ORD-SLC. No priority line signs at gate. Group 1 boarded, as I was walking to gate, agent called group 1-3, so we got in line. I'm about 3 people from gate reader and I get nudge from behind with an iphone from someone trying to walk around me. I turned around, and said "I'm group 1 too, dude." Thankfully he kept his mouth shut.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by Tizzette View Post
A guy took my bag out of a bin and moved it across the aisle a couple of rows behind me to make space for his. If I had not seen him doing it, I would been in a total panic when we landed and I found my bag missing. I spoke up and of course he lied and said he would have told me but he had no way of knowing who to tell. It still makes me mad to think about it.
Fundamental breach of protocol. If the aircraft was a ship then keelhauling would have been the correct punishment. Mr. Christian!!!
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Old Apr 2, 19, 3:26 pm
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Coercive seat poacher

TPE-SFO (Polaris seats):

Just before boarding, more than ten non-rev passengers clear into J, including some odd-numbered window seats.

GS preboards, seats himself in 5A.

Passenger who lined up in Group 1 boards, brandishes her BP for 5A, says to seat-occupier, that's my seat.

Fake-5A claims he thought he had sat in 4A.

True-5A says no, gestures to placards.

Fake-5A says OK, hesitates, and then asks if True-5A wouldn't mind swapping since 'his stuff is all there already'.

True-5A explains the difference between 5A and 4A, including that 5A has windows.

Fake-5A stands up, reaches over to close the 4A cubby door and show that 4A has half of a window.

True-5A says something in a dissatisfied tone.

Fake-5A waits.

True-5A says nevermind, accepts swap.

Fake-5A says, Are you sure?, It's an expensive seat, I want to be sure you're happy.

True-5A wants nothing more to do with Fake-5A.

The poacher's appeal sounded disingenuous, and I'd imagine someone flying enough to be granted GS status should be familiar enough with aircraft to find the right seat. ​​​​​I would have liked to have said something to put things right, but couldn't think of a way to insert myself into the situation.

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Old Apr 2, 19, 3:45 pm
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I've lost seats like that but thankfully it wasn't on an airplane and the ride only lasted 2 hours.
She had the audacity to tap on my phone while I was still looking at it seated with ear buds in.

Later I checked my own "boarding pass" and it turns out I was in the right seat all along, but she just wanted the window seat.
I didn't want anything to do with this person so I waited until I got off and all she said was "Oh".
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Old Apr 2, 19, 3:49 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje View Post
TPE-SFO (Polaris seats):

Just before boarding, more than ten non-rev passengers clear into J, including some odd-numbered window seats.

GS preboards, seats himself in 5A.

Passenger who lined up in Group 1 boards, brandishes her BP for 5A, says to seat-occupier, that's my seat.

Fake-5A claims he thought he had sat in 4A.

True-5A says no, gestures to placards.

Fake-5A says OK, hesitates, and then asks if True-5A wouldn't mind swapping since 'his stuff is all there already'.

True-5A explains the difference between 5A and 4A, including that 5A has windows.

Fake-5A stands up, reaches over to close the 4A cubby door and show that 4A has half of a window.

True-5A says something in a dissatisfied tone.

Fake-5A waits.

True-5A says nevermind, accepts swap.

Fake-5A says, Are you sure?, It's an expensive seat, I want to be sure you're happy.

True-5A wants nothing more to do with Fake-5A.

The poacher's appeal sounded disingenuous, and I'd imagine someone flying enough to be granted GS status should be familiar enough with aircraft to find the right seat. ​​​​​I would have liked to have said something to put things right, but couldn't think of a way to insert myself into the situation.
I probably would have said something like, "I usually ask the FA to help me in these situations, would you like me to get one?" Do agree it is difficult to insert yourself and agree a GS should know better.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 4:14 pm
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I probably would have said something like, "I usually ask the FA to help me in these situations, would you like me to get one?" Do agree it is difficult to insert yourself and agree a GS should know better.
Good suggestion, and I'll have to keep that one in my catalogue.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:09 pm
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True-5A says nevermind, accepts swap.
That's quite sad.
The bully just got confirmation of a successful tactic, and will continue to impose on other travelers like that in the future.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 7:09 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje View Post
TPE-SFO (Polaris seats):

Just before boarding, more than ten non-rev passengers clear into J, including some odd-numbered window seats.

GS preboards, seats himself in 5A.

Passenger who lined up in Group 1 boards, brandishes her BP for 5A, says to seat-occupier, that's my seat.

Fake-5A claims he thought he had sat in 4A.

True-5A says no, gestures to placards.

Fake-5A says OK, hesitates, and then asks if True-5A wouldn't mind swapping since 'his stuff is all there already'.

True-5A explains the difference between 5A and 4A, including that 5A has windows.

Fake-5A stands up, reaches over to close the 4A cubby door and show that 4A has half of a window.

True-5A says something in a dissatisfied tone.

Fake-5A waits.

True-5A says nevermind, accepts swap.

Fake-5A says, Are you sure?, It's an expensive seat, I want to be sure you're happy.

True-5A wants nothing more to do with Fake-5A.

The poacher's appeal sounded disingenuous, and I'd imagine someone flying enough to be granted GS status should be familiar enough with aircraft to find the right seat. ​​​​​I would have liked to have said something to put things right, but couldn't think of a way to insert myself into the situation.
this is insane and it angers me that a GS would try to forcibly pressure someone to switch seats with them.
"clearly, you know 5A is a more desirable seat, and you're trying to pressure this passenger into switching with you. should i call the FA over?"

feels a bit like cornering someone and repeatedly asking them to go on a date with you until they acquiesce.
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