For the three of you that haven’t seen this story yet, check it out:
GAITHERSBURG, Md. – A corporate executive with electronic retail giant Best Buy says a United Airlines gate agent denied him a seat in the first class cabin because he was wearing a track suit.
In an exclusive interview with FOX 5’s Will Thomas, Armando Alvarez recalled his experience Monday, October 26. He said he used his miles to upgrade to first class on a flight from Dulles to Connecticut.
Alvarez said the gate agent called his name and when he walked up to the counter for his upgrade, the agent said he was dressed too casually for first class.
What an outrageous story. My understanding is that this was a United Express employee, so I can hardly say that I’m surprised.
That being said, it still amazes me that he was singled out. When you watch the video interview he claims that he was wearing the same outfit when he got denied the first class seat. And sad as it might be, he’s probably one of the better dressed people in first class. He’s not even one of those people with dirty feet that wears flip flops….
While I wouldn’t wear a track suit when flying, I have no problem with it. I change into pajamas when I fly longhaul flights, which probably looks even sillier (yet is the norm).
Then there are the parts of this story that make me chuckle.
“If this happened to me and I’m a United Airlines Red Carpet Club member then I believe it’s happening to other people and this must stop,” Alvarez said.
Not quite sure what that has to do with anything! More important would be the fact that he’s Premier, which seems to be the case based on the picture of his boarding pass in the video. I also find it funny when they say in the video that he earns “tens of thousands of miles a year.” Is that supposed to impress us? 😀
And of course the real issue is that he used miles to upgrade a sub-500 mile flight. I hope he meant 500 mile upgrades and not 15,000 miles! Oh, and I agree with Matthew that United really needs to crack down on the United Express gate agents at IAD. They’re just awful.