I was on a regional jet headed from Dallas-Fort Worth to Monroe. It was a lightly loaded flight, and it looked like all of the passengers were on board, but we weren't closing up for departure. I then noticed that a gate agent was on the plane talking to a passenger about 3 rows ahead of me. Due to the distance I couldn't hear all of the conversation, but the following came through:
- The passenger was on the plane with a refunded (worthless) ticket and no boarding pass. I can't figure how on earth that happens.
- The gate agent wanted him off the plane but the passenger was refusing.
- The first threat from the agent was that the passenger's daughter "could lose her privileges," making me think that the passenger was originally traveling on an airline pass or a ticket purchased with miles. This threat had no effect. To me that showed a degree of ingratitude and selfishness regarding his daughter.
- The next threat was the agent was going to fetch the police. As with the first threat, this one had no effect. To me that displayed a large measure of foolishness.
Travel hint - When the gate agent says he will summon the police, it's not an idle threat; it's a promise.