Gate Change

Epiphanies hit you in the weirdest places. As I sit here in the Delta Sky Club at Atlanta Hartfield Jackson International’s Concourse A, I am realizing some interesting things. DISCLAIMER: This blog is about observations…not complaints or boasting. My usual 4 readers will understand, but for the new readers, take it with a grain of salt. If you are still offended, build a bridge and get over it. 🙂

1. Airport ecosystems are micros of the societies in which they are located. Take American airports for example: They are bustling economic centers where you can catch a flight somewhere every now and again. The travel is such an after-thought of their design and flow. Maybe it is a by-product of balancing delays and all that comes with flying…or maybe it is a reflection of the society and its people. Either way, it is vastly entertaining to watch. 

2. Professional travelers are not like other people. There are two types of people in airports: those who fly 3 times or less per year and those that live in airports. Guess which one I am? 🙂  We are pretty easy to tell apart. You see that guy that is comparing products at the electronics booth as people whiz by with too many bags to carry on…the guy laughing with the clothing store salesperson like he lives there while droves of people are panicing because the flight is delayed 10 minutes..you see him? Hi. That’s me. 🙂 When you know where the best bathrooms, restaurants, sky clubs, and stores are in the airport, you live there. Like anything in life, there is a calm that comes with repetition. 30 min layover two terminals away? No prob. Still enough time to get some new headphones.

3. People freak out way too much. Shit happens, folks. I’m sure that lovely customer service rep didn’t wake up with the plan to screw you over. Massive winter storm…I’m almost positive that’s not United’s fault. Flight delayed due to the crew not being able to leave their homes…I will go on record to say that wasn’t in Delta’s plan for the day. That doesn’t absolve them from trying to help ease some of the stress but there is only so much they can do. Breathe, dude…breathe.

Well my flight just got pushed back and hour and a half so I think I’m going to take a nap. See you next time, folks.

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