It’s no secret that airports often have separate entrances for fast-tracking so-called “VIP” travelers like major celebrities, politicians, diplomats, and other dignitaries. The reason is twofold — the VIP travelers, of course, appreciate the privacy and the special treatment, but at the same time the distraction and disruption to the ordinary check-in and security process is alleviated. This is particularly a concern when a notable politician or other high-profile individual with a security detail is traveling.
Ben has reviewed the privately run VIP experience at LAX, the Private Suite.
Well, it turns out Newark International Airport has its own VIP entrance, operated and staffed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Former New Jersey governor and noted bridge enthusiast Chris Christie — who is known to relish a private experience unavailable to the general public — used the VIP entrance at Newark often over the course of his eight-year term, particularly in 2015 when he spent a good deal of the year traveling across the country in vain pursuit of the presidency.
Well, Christie — who became an ordinary civilian two days ago when Governor Phil Murphy was sworn in — tried to use the VIP entrance at Newark this morning.
Except the Port Authority no longer considers him very important.
Christie and his lone State Trooper detail were asked to leave the special entrance and join the regular line of passengers at the non-VIP TSA checkpoint. To his credit, the famously confrontational Christie complied.