I was flying from Montana back to Arizona for the last time before I move to Puerto Rico. Instead of the direct flight on Allegiant, I flew Delta which required a connection in Salt Lake. I landed at the B gates, the outcast terminal of SLC, and had to make it to D11 for my connecting flight that was boarding as I was landing. After a delay in getting off the plane due to a malfunction of the door, I hastily made my way to the D gates. First, I had to walk through all of the B gates, then through C. “Is it faster to use the moving walkway or speed walk around it?”, I asked myself. The results were mixed. Ideally, I can speed walk on the walkway and increase efficiency. This is only true if people respect the walkway and stay to the right if they are standing. On one of the walkways, I encountered a gentlemen who was walking on the left while video chatting. I reprimanded him for being oblivious and made my way around him. When I got to D, my gate was at the very end of the concourse. My usual panic for missing a flight set in, and I began to pick up the pace. I arrived and saw a big crowd waiting to board. For all the dramatics, they were only boarding zone 2, meaning I had plenty of time for a detour at the Delta SkyClub SLC.
It took some hustle to go from B to D, leaving me to wonder what the airlines expect from passengers in these situations. Should we be expected to run from one gate to another? Should we be able to stop at the bathroom and walk at a leisurely rate? Do they know that I’m on my way, and if they do, will they wait for me? If I’m checking a bag, will that increase my chances of making the connection? On the one hand, if the bag gets on the plane, I believe that federal law mandates that I have to be on the plane with it. On the other hand, my bag might not make it in time, leaving me worse off even if I make the flight.
So many questions, so few answers. Any insight would be appreciated.