I don’t envy the jobs of airline gate agents. They’re not paid very well, they’re under constant time pressure, and they are often a punching bag for passengers, even though most of the factors are outside their control. Their jobs have only gotten worse since the introduction of basic economy, where they’re the ones who have to enforce the horrible policies.
We’ve seen videos of flight attendants making funny announcements onboard, though I’ve never seen a gate agent with quite this much personality before. Check out this video of United gate agent Kevin in Atlanta giving an epic pre-flight speech/rant about the nearby bagel place, in hopes of everyone making the flight. He finishes off the announcement with:
“See this door to my left? It’s closed. That’s how it’s going to look at 5:40. 5:45. What side of the door are you going to be on?”
What an awesome guy. I’ve heard some gate agents lecture passengers about making sure they don’t miss their flight, but most of time I’ve heard such an announcement it came across as condescending or passive aggressive. Kudos to Kevin for making an announcement in a nice way that’s effective and funny.
Here’s the video, which is a must see:
Outstanding speech this morning by United guy Kevin in Atlanta. His “What side of the door will you be on?” line sounds like a coach’s pregame speech. pic.twitter.com/eKuSqsG2QL
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 12, 2018
Well done, Kevin!
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)