This really cracks me up. The crowding is apparently so bad at the Terminal 4 Delta SkyClub in New York (JFK) that passengers are being fed while waiting in line to get in.
Delta Feeding Passengers As They Brave Long Lines To Enter Delta SkyClub Lounge (Hilarious Crowding…)
As usual, the lines to get into the Terminal 4 Delta SkyClub at JFK are horrible:
— Jonathan Jacobs (@JonEJacobs) September 2, 2022
But this caught my eye…apparently Delta is bringing snacks outside the club while people are waiting.
I had a similar experience on Sunday. It moved pretty quickly though, and they brought some snacks from the club while we were waiting. I was surprised how easy it was to find a seat once I got inside tbh
— Zach Wichter (@zlwichter) September 2, 2022
I’m not so sure that’s a great idea since it might encourage even more people to get in line, including some who will indulge in the snacks knowing they will be turned away when they reach the front of the line. It seems like almost every time I use an airport lounge I see people being turned away. Airlines like Delta should do a better job of having a “line monitor” letting people know that domestic first class tickets or American Express Gold cards do not include lounge access.
There is no ultimate end in sight to this lounge crowding, as both Delta and American Express continue to market co-branded cards that come with lounge access and of course, the American Express Platinum card also comes with SkyClub access when flying on Delta.
The good news for crowding is that after Labor Day we should see a drop in travel, which will result in fewer travelers at airports across the nation. Flights might not feel any different because carriers will offer reduced schedules during the winter season, but I do not expect airports and lounges to be quite as crowded.
That said, the bottlenecks will continue at certain lounges, like the JFK SkyClub in Terminal 4. This daily occurrence of long lines is a clear sign that Delta must find more to expand its lounge operations.
Poor Delta, poor us…the lounge crowding is so bad that apparently, the airline is feeding passengers while they are waiting to get in! As we enter the shoulder season, let’s hope this problem becomes less prevalent. But if you’re looking for a “free” snack at JFK, well…