The air travel stories reminded me of two airport SS's I ran into recently.
My husband and I flew from Minnesota to Arizona this March. One thing to keep in mind for the second story is that Minnesota had its coldest winter in 30+ years, this past winter. (US Geography moment: Minnesota is in the northern US, bordering Canada. Arizona is in the south-west of the US, bordering Mexico. March is still winter for Minnesota.)
We had an insanely early flight out of MSP (Minneapolis/St Paul airport). There were two lines for getting into the security area. One for regular passengers, and one for business class/"gold" or whatever frequent fliers. Because of the early hour there was only one TSA agent on duty, checking ID and boarding passes before letting people into the xray area.
A guy came up the "get priority" aisle and stood at the front (this is not the SS activity). The TSA agent was helping an elderly couple understand what documents and IDs they needed to show her, but looked at him and nodded. Priority guy looked impatiently at her, looked around as though searching for an agent to staff the empty second station, and then just walked into the xray area.
At that point the agent had to jump up and bring him back, telling him that she would be with him right after finishing with the people she was working with. He did not look happy at having to wait.
Yes, it's possible he was running late to a flight (4:30 am), but who thinks they can just skip the ID check anymore? Just because you're in the priority lane does not mean you get to break into a check being done in the regular lane. And, if you're running late, just ask the agent if she can check your ID right away.
We had an insanely late flight back to Minnesota (landed about 11:30PM). We went to the ground transportation area, where you can get taxis/shuttles to your final destination. There were many people still dressed for Arizona there (not the SS part -- unwise perhaps, but not SS).
The SS was a lady who was complaining that you had to go outside to get to your shuttle!! Didn't they know it was cold out there? She shouldn't have to go outside!
Mentally I told her "Yes, they know it's cold. It's Minnesota in winter. That's why other people are wearing coats, instead of shorts, a tank top and sandals."
I don't know what she was expecting -- a heated garage with airlock at the airport and at the hotel?
Public service announcement: When going to a cold weather destination from a warm one, it's a good idea to bring along heavier clothes to change into once you arrive. Even if you think you'll only be running to the taxi, and then running into a hotel, you could still end up in a situation where you're standing outside with no protection.