I love watching movies. Aside from the endless young adult novel adaptations, I'll watch mostly anything. One movie I particularly enjoy is "Up in the Air" with George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, and a number of other well-known people. It's a fine movie and was received well by critics. The reason I point it out is not because of the story or characters but rather the accuracy in portraying airport culture (for 2009). In a single scene it covers the uselessness of neck pillows, importance of suitcase wheel-type, proper packing, and techniques for gliding through security. More importantly, it illuminates the dichotomy of air travelers: those that know what they're doing and those that don't.
I'm likely to sound wildly self-important in this ongoing series of posts, so for that I apologize. This topic is honestly something I find fascinating. If you find yourself identifying with the "those that don't know what they're doing" group, please don't feel targeted. I'm not aiming to condemn or poke fun. I still often find myself lost and confused in an airport. Heck, I was afraid of flying for quite some time. The goal of all of this is to humourize absurd human behaviour and spark interest in the culture that exists within airports via anecdotes. I hope that you may find comfort in having observed similar situations. With that, here are things I have witnessed during domestic air travel.