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jhooper
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Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:13 am

Just curious to know whether you prefer to check in, etc. with a male or female gate agent, given the choice (from a purely business standpoint, I don't care about who you'd seek out for a date  Big grin ). Or does it matter to you? I have noticed that many women agents tend to be very "by the book" while men seem to be more willing to bend the rules to help out the customer. Of course, there are many exceptions, as I've seen women bend over backwards while men can be some of the biggest tools. Any opinions?
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:25 am

Men seem to be more laid back (From my experience). I know a few guys who seem more professional (Such as our own Flyer732. Sometimes, he'll say something to me that I have to come home and research). When a woman checks me in. She hardly even talks to me. She will look at my ID, and print my boarding passes and staple them and then she'll give me a "F*** You, have a nice flight." look

There are some women who have checked me in that are professional, but I guess it all depends on the day the GA is having.
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:42 am

It really does not matter to me, I just would like to be treated with a little respect. I think that is why I tend to use the self serve machines as lately it seems like no one cares for my business.
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:04 am

You guys are right. From my experience, men tend to be a bit more laid back and are also more inclined to bend the rules a bit more than women. Although I have had women do and act the same way, I notice this more with men. it seems like I can joke around more with men and am more confident in asking for favors (ie. change in seat assignments, overlooking a slightly overweight check-in bag, etc.). My laughs also tend to be more genuine with men than with women. I guess I feel like I can treat a male like a buddy more so than a woman, hence raising the comfortability factor.
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:15 am

In my experience with GAs. Men are better at categorizing their lives ie: their personal lives stay separate, and they are less likely to bring their personal baggage to work. They also aren't affected by PMS....:D So in my opinion men make better Gate agents.
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:44 am

Being that I don't stand a chance of getting laid by the female gate agent, it doesn't matter who checks me in as long as I get on my plane in time.
 
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:16 am

I don't really prefer either. As a former Customer Service Agent myself (among other things), I have found that most male Gate Agents are laid back, but you never know about female Gate Agents. Some are nice, some are b*tches, and I've worked with and traveled with both.

What I'm really concerned about are FAs, not CSAs.
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:44 am

I can't say that I've noticed any difference with respect to gate agents. I have noticed, however, that male security screeners are more polite than females, indeed by a fairly large margin. This seems true both before and after the TSA takeover.
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yow
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:56 am

Personally, I think it just depends on the person's personality serving you, regardless of gender.
 
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 12:12 pm

When I work gates I tend to have fun with my passengers, try to make them feel comfortable, laugh a bit, make them smile as they board. ANd as a passenger I tend to meet more jolly males than female gate agents.
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 1:41 pm

Male gate agents might be able to open aircraft doors more quickly in some circumstances, as there are some really small female ones and F/As have told me that they some times will struggle with opening the cabin door to an arriving flight. (I still think its dumb that GAs open the door! The F/As should get to do it) THey do it everywhere else, just not here in the USA, Why are we so different! LOL
 
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Tue Jul 15, 2003 1:45 pm

Males are the best at least they feel bad when they have to ask for people to give up their seats. The females that I have seen have no remorse.
 
AerMickey
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Wed Jul 16, 2003 4:39 am

Hey flyboy,

the reason gate agents open the door is due to safety. That way the flight attendant is aware that the jetbridge is pulled up to the aircraft.
Oh yeah, to stay on topic. As a revenue pax I prefer a male gate agent, but as a non-revenue, I prefer a female gate agent.

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jhooper
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:42 pm

Just curious AerMickey ; why do you prefer a female agent when you're non reving?
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sr117
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:43 pm

the reason gate agents open the door is due to safety. That way the flight attendant is aware that the jetbridge is pulled up to the aircraft.

The way we do it here in Mexico, you just knock on the door when it's ok to open and let the F/A do the rest ; ) That takes care of the F/As dillema of wether to open the door or not.
 
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RE: Men Vs. Women Gate Agents

Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:46 pm

As long as I get with my stand-by ticket on the flight, I don't care if there is a women or a men as gate agent ...
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