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That Time When The “Airport Karen” Showed Up 30 Minutes Before Her Flight

by SharonKurheg

With all due respect to people whose name are really Karen (my name is Sharon – I even get a little push back because it rhymes), SIGH….Karens.

Urban Dictionary defines them as, “a mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman.” As time goes on and people become more self-centered, it’s gone from an annoying “I want to speak to the manager” to “it’s all about me and what I want.” No one really likes them. Not that they care, as long as they get what they want LOL.

Anyway, in early 2020 we wrote about who won the battle between the Karen and the United 1K member.  That story happened at the gate of a United flight. This Karen story, which originally appeared on Reddit, happened a while before that, but way before you get to the gate – at the TSA security checkpoint.

Click here to read the story

Our take on the story

There are really SOOO many moving parts to this…and I have questions ;-).

Why was she late?

It sounded as if you could get to the airport relatively soon before your flight. Was the “airport Karen” just taking huge advantage of this? Or could she have gotten there significantly later than she intended? I mean, at this airport, some people were abandoning their cars a while back, in order to get to the airport in enough time to catch their flight. If it was the latter, maybe she was just so panicked about missing her flight that she went into survival mode and all sense of politeness went out the window.

Why didn’t she ask the TSA worker if she could cut the line?

Again, maybe she was just in “fight or flight” mode and didn’t even think of it. But really, if she was that concerned she was going to miss her flight, she could have asked the TSA people if she could be expedited through the line because she was at risk for missing her flight.

Not realizing that she had TSA Pre-Check

This is actually a thing, and not everyone is aware of it. There are bunches of people who get TSA Pre-Check on their boarding pass who have never paid for TSA Pre-Check. It’s called Managed Inclusion and this post explains why it was potentially going to stop a few years ago (spoilers – it didn’t pass the Senate).

How passive-aggressive was the author?

I’d give him and his friends a 10 out of 10 on the passive-aggressive scale for their moves. 😉

So yeah…LOTS of moving parts, and without hearing her side of the story, we don’t really know if she was truly a “Karen” or just a panicking person who was on autopilot and didn’t want to miss her plane.

What do you think?

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DR February 2, 2021 - 4:30 pm

There was an English TV show (now on YouTube) that was about people showing up late (or other issues) for EasyJet flights. It’s an eye opener how all types can be rude, and the sense of entitlement they have.

SharonKurheg February 2, 2021 - 4:44 pm

Ooooh…I’m going to have to look for that! Do you happen to know/remember the name of it?

ColoradoTraveller April 5, 2021 - 11:54 pm

It was a reality series called “Airline” featuring easyJet. (The US version featured Southwest.)


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