my blog writes itself. Observe this
humble little story clipped from Snoop Dogg’s past traveling history (Wikipedia):
April 26, 2006, Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested being
turned away from British Airways’ first class lounge. Snoop and his party were
not allowed to enter the lounge because some of the entourage were flying first
class, other members of the party were flying economy class. After the group
was escorted outside, they vandalized a duty-free shop by throwing whiskey
bottles. Seven police officers were injured in the fracas. After a night in
prison, Snoop Dogg and the other men were released on bail. On May 15, the Home Office decided that Snoop
Dogg should be denied entry to the
for the foreseeable future due to the fracas at Heathrow as well as his
previous convictions in the
for drugs and firearms offenses. United
me that seven police officers were injured. In the
Billy-clubs and funny hats) so if you throw a whiskey bottle at one, you might
just get shot, thus ending the fracas and severely impeding your ability to throw
anything else like a good single malt Scotch or a case of vintage wine.
saga only reinforces a point that I’ve made several times before. Gate agents, Elite Lounge receptionists, etc,
are not placed there by accident. They
have shown the mettle, the experience, the where-with-all, and the know-how to get
the job done. They respond to kindness,
civility, patience, and facts. Do not
try to snow them, they’ve heard it all.
If you approach them with alcohol on your breath, you’ve already opened
the door to a messy situation. It’s best
to get your seat, your upgrade, whatever it is you are looking for, done before
you do any of your slacking around at the airport.
case, not only did the gatekeepers bounce Snoop out of the lounge, they managed
to have him bounced clear out of the country!
late in April of this year they voted to allow Snoop back into the country. I know some of you were worried…