I was in the security line at the airport this morning behind a couple who looked to be about my age, in their late 20′s. I hate TSA checkpoints as much as the next person, but I always try to minimize my time spent in them – and the time of others behind me in line! – by getting my liquids out beforehand, taking my belt and jewelry off as I’m waiting in line, etc. I also never stand at the end of the checkpoint and get dressed and situated again, as that always causes a backup for everyone else. Unfortunately, the couple in front of me were not so courteous.
They caused an enormous backup at the front of the line while they rooted through their bags, tried to find their liquids, got their laptops out, etc. The TSA agents kept asking them to move their things down the conveyer belt so as to relieve some of the backup they caused. Then, at the end of it all, they stood there getting everything situated and placed back in their bags. This, too, caused a huge backup, to the point where luggage couldn’t come through the other end of the machine because their stuff was in the way. My laptop was right behind one of their bags, and when it was pushed sideways and nearly fell onto the floor because of the pileup made from their luggage, I had enough.
I pushed my laptop down the line a bit so I could grab my bag and get out of there. This caused their luggage to move down the line as well (which they should have done out of courtesy for everyone else anyway). I then asked them to move down so others could get to their belongings.
The woman said, “You can see we have a lot of stuff, so you just need to wait a sec.”
I replied, “I can see that, but my laptop almost fell on the ground because of the pileup caused by your luggage. You need to move your things down a bit.”
Her partner got in my face at that point and said to me, “**** you. You’re ugly, anyway.”
I just gaped at him for a second, then grabbed my bag and walked away. I’m still upset about this! Being rude in the TSA line is one thing – nobody is happy to be there – but this was just ridiculous! 1106-13
We have a saying in our family to describe people like this – “The world is their ashtray.” The world revolves around them and must accommodate their “stuff”. Their stuff is an extension of themselves and everyone else must honor the personal space of their stuff. And when they are done with their stuff, they discard it with no apparent concern for how it affects others.