Thank you so much for sharing this story and acknowledging this privilege. This is a perfect example of privilege. I can’t tell you how many times I have witnessed White women and men being assholes in the airport with gate staff as if those individuals flew the planes or worked directly with air traffic controller, especially when the customer service rep isn’t White. I always just shake my head. I could never act that way, not with out have the airport police called on me. I wouldn’t be rude anyway because I know the person at the counter has no control over plans flying.
It’s humiliating and dehumanizing. It’s always interesting watching White people demand to be valued as the dehumanize others. The cognitive dissonance is astounding.