First, an apology to people who are named Karen (my name is Sharon – I even get a little push back because it rhymes). I admittedly used to use the term and no longer do. Other people still do, and, fair warning, it’s used extensively in the story below.
Urban Dictionary defines so-called “Karens” as, “a mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman.”
Anyway, a while back we wrote about who won the battle between a so-called “entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman” and the United 1K member. That story happened at the gate of a United flight. This story, which originally appeared on Reddit, happened a while before that, but way before you get to the gate – it was at the TSA security checkpoint.
Our take on the story
There are really SOOO many moving parts to this…and I have questions ;-).
Why was she late?
The story was originally posted on Reddit a long while back, and sounded as if, unlike now, you could get to the airport relatively soon before your flight. Was the woman 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 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 of 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 so-called “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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