Are you allowed to say “killing” in an airport? I think the only time it’s appropriate is when you’re referring to “killing time”. Even then people probably perk up a bit at the sound of it. Anyway, my international travel experience has trained me to be at the airport hours in advance, so alas, for my measly hour-long flight to Amarillo I arrived 2 hours early. Of course when you’re not running late check-in & security was a breeze, so I’ve been burning (and consuming) calories in the fancy new Southwest terminal (the terminal may be new, but the planes are still late…mine has been delayed an hour already). While I was a loner walking around the restaurants & shops, my people-watching tendencies allowed for a few observations about the people that are always in an airport to be made. Please enjoy.
1. The TSA barely smiles. Maybe it’s in their training. I’ve learned that for passengers, security goes better when you smile. They seem to not be quite as grumpy that way.
2. There’s always that group of kids in matching t-shirts that you desperately want to stay away from. They act as though they’ve never seen an airplane before & they spend all there money in the first 30 minutes on coffee and desserts that their moms won’t let them have. (I will probably be more understanding of this group after July, when we take a group of 36 high schoolers to Chicago via airplane!)
3. The shy kid who is experiencing his first solo travel experience. I like those kids. I remember being one. I talked to one today. I guess I must look nice enough to ask if you’re allowed to take food back to your gate (the answer is yes, by the way).
4. People who talk about incredibly personal things as the wait. I was sitting next to a man who was talking to someone about the frequency of his father’s falls & who the executor of his parents’ estate may be. Depressing stuff to talk about over a Whataburger.
5. The middle-aged woman who wears booty shorts & a tummy-revealing shirt to travel in. News flash: that’s never appropriate–especially at that age.
6. The person who talks to anyone. Yes, that person is me, so therefore I’ll tell you how much you should enjoy that person.
7. The other people watchers. As I was looking at people, occasionally I caught their eye & had embarrassingly awkward eye contact. Then I realized they must be people-watching me.
8. The people that line up to board 45 minutes before the plane arrives. They make me nervous. I feel like I should get in line…then I look at my watch.
9. The people that run through the terminal. Those people are my favorite, mainly because the mere sight of them causes “Run, Run Rudolph” to play in my head & I remember the childhood joys of “Home Alone”.