This is by far my biggest travel pet peeve.
It makes me so, so angry.
So imagine you are patiently waiting for your flight with a baby. A squirmy baby. A baby that requires more than just two hands to carry. (Two hands to carry him, and another hand to dislodge my hair that he is grabbed and is no yanking.)
Now just picture that for a moment. We are not going to start lining up before the flight boarding is announced. Not only does it take more than two hands to carry the squirming baby, but there is also the pram, the camera bag, the purse, the baby bag, and all the coats and warm weather gear to contend with.
So of course, we wait patiently near the front desk.
The flight attendant comes over the loud speaker. “We would now like to invite the elderly, parents with young children, and anyone requiring extra assistance to come forward for priority boarding.”
Great! We need all the time we can get to board and get sorted. But by the time we have gathered up the baby and turned around there are already 50 – 60 people (able bodied people) in the line. Which means that Baby and I, along with the other parents and elderly people who are not quick enough to dash into line to go to the back of the very, very, very long queue. In fact, we are usually the last to board. By the time we get on the plane we have dropped things several times, luggage is hanging precariously off of random body parts and the squirmy baby has squirmed to the ground a couple of times.
And then since we are getting on the plane last, it means we still have to queue while everyone else sorts out their coats and cabin baggage and settled into their seats.
And worst of all, once we were lined up for priority boarding behind an elderly couple, and 5 or 6 able bodied people cut in front of us!!! I wonder if holding a baby makes me invisible to common courtesy?
I used to get glare and mutter my anger to Dan while in the back of the line, but now I am just getting sick of it. Now I usually walk up to the front of the line, past the many, many, many, people who can not follow direction and ask the flight attendant if we can pass through. It usually works.
But I mean come on people! It isn’t a difficult concept to grasp. Those who are eligible for priority boarding should be allowed to board first if they choose. There is no point in running to get in the line to board the plane. You have an assigned seat and the plane isn’t going to leave without you.
By following the simple directions laid out by the flight attendants, we can all have an enjoyable flight.