This morning was one of the mornings. I'm sure what made me have these thoughts with such conviction. I've seen most of it before. Maybe it was a combination of fatigue, mild illness and straw on a camel's back. I'm not sure...but it certainly has had me thinking for the past number of hours. As per my normal Monday routine, I connected in YYZ to AC602. Usually the flight is packed and it normally has about 30-40 E/SE/*G/J passengers. Today was no exception. In fact they were soliciting for volunteers when I arrived at the gate. As is usual, the gate lice were out in their normal mish-mash array that effectively clogged the entire gate area. At the normal time for boarding the GA begins the manual announcement..."This will serve as a pre-boarding announcement only. If you are travelling with small children or need extra time to board, you may do so now." I swear that before she had finished the word "pre-boarding" the status boarding crowd had hit the gate area like vultures on a carcass. To the credit of the GAs, they set out the priority/economy lanes and announced who should use which. But as you'd expect with 40 status holders boarding, the economy lane was less used. So of course that's a free pass to the status members to push their way into that line. As a result, 3-5 families with infant children, strollers and other necessary accoutrements are lost in the mob scene. On seeing this, I figured it was prudent to wait until the main cabin was called before I made my move. When I boarded there still were parents with infants who were trying to fight to get boarded. All of the chaos, the lack of common sense and the immediate suspension of common courtesy planted some thoughts in my mind. At the root of them is the question of if we (the collective status holding we in this case) become so enamoured with the label assigned us that nobody else matters? Have we become so focussed on gathering satisfaction from making use of our benefits that everyone else can be bullied or trampled on. Have we lost ourselves in striving for more status, more points and more recognition that we're willing to make the travel experience worse for others while we try to make it better for ourselves? Maybe it's all the factors I listed at the start that have made me more deeply introspective than normal and I'll forget about all of this by Friday when I fly home. Maybe I won't. Friday will tell. To end on a positive, the gate agents in YEG last night proactively walked the boarding area and spoke to families, elderly and crippled prior to announcing pre-boarding. All that were approached were escorted to the gate, processed and boarded prior to any announcement being made. I suspect that they all thought it was a wonderful way to be treated and it possibly made the experience less stressful. I've seen this gate agent do the same thing in the past and his initiative is what makes great experiences, great memories and great word of mouth marketing. Anyways...writing this was somewhat cathartic. Apologies if it comes across as time wasted. I certainly don't want this to turn into a "what's wrong with the boarding process" thread. It is intended to be about the psyche of status passengers.