Airport Sit-Ins

Here’s an another annoying airport development — the gate-sitters.

The gate-sitters have been a growing problem ever since the advent of smartphones, laptops, and charging stations.  They cluster around airport outlets and charging stations, plopping themselves down on the floor and spreading their bags and carry-one and other paraphernalia around them, casually blocking what is supposed to be a public area.  They could stand, of course, and reduce their traffic-blocking footprint, but I guess that would be inconvenient.  So they sit, and take up space, and expect the rest of us to just weave our way around them.

But now the sitters are spreading.  Yesterday as I was waiting to board a plane I observed a twenty-something girl sit cross-legged in the middle of a walking lane at the gate and promptly start thumbing away at her phone.  There were seats available away from the walking areas, but evidently those did not meet her standards. So when people got off the incoming flight, there she was, like an iceberg, blocking traffic and making people with strollers and wheelchairs navigate around her, oblivious to the fact that she was complicating their lives.  

What inferences could you draw about what this young woman was like in her everyday life?  Shallow?  Self-absorbed?  You got it!

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