Let me also say that if there are no exigent circumstances for this woman, then this most certainly classifies as one of the most hilarious "Ooops, I missed my flight" youtube videos that I've ever seen.
But, ONLY if she has no good reason for this. If she has a good reason for this, then I fully understand and offer a pass on tantrum.
I don't know what it is about airports that causes some people to shift in their routine demeanor. Has anyone ever studied that? Maybe Stanford University's Psych Department? I hear they have a good one. I would find it hard to believe that "airport behavior" has not yet been studied. Anybody got a link?
That's a good question about "airport behavior". I have worked in the airline industry in various sides now and it never ceases to amaze me. I don't know if it's just that I am used to what goes on or if some people just lose all common sense and decency when stepping into an airport. One of the airlines that I worked for was regional (USA), and I have had crew members tell me stories about how the passengers act like they are going to Europe with the bin space, demands, etc. I am sure there is a plethora of stories of bad behavior that crew members can offer.
The only theory I have is that if they are not seasoned travellers, the lack of control or knowledge about all of this makes them anxious or easily upset when something unexpected comes up.
Just last week I was behind a lady at the security checkpoint who absolutely refused to take off her precious jewelry for half a minute to go through the metal detector. She didn't even want to put it in the little tray and was very upset until security came over. 20 seconds later she had her jewelry back on.