A nickname for passengers waiting at boarding gates

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What do you call passengers who wait at boarding gates clogging up the pathway? (No, not these passengers.)

Answer: “airport vultures”, created courteous of Urban Dictionary, which continues to make quips on aviation having first brought us phrases including “Northwest nap” and “hit the slide”.

Urban Dictionary defines “airport vultures” as:

Passengers waiting to board a plane who stalk around near and clog up the boarding gate before a flight, regardless of where their seat is or when boarding actually is.

The flight attendant became so irritated with the airport vultures that the flight was abruptly cancelled.

So at an airport gate be a friend and get out of the way, or if you’re out of the way and someone else is not, try out your new phrase. (Disclaimer: we make no guarantee for your safety if you do so.)

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4 Responses to A nickname for passengers waiting at boarding gates

  1. Mark Iliff 3 October, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    vultures -> cultures. Nice!


  2. Rich 4 October, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    So is it cultures or vultures?

  3. Eugen Beer 4 October, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    ‘Aiport Cultures’?!

  4. Will Horton 6 October, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    Vultures–sorry for the typo!

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