I certainly think so. Standing in line for well over an hour yesterday at LAX, I was bypassed repeatedly by other travellers carrying first class tickets or “elite passenger” status.
I have no issue with airlines providing services themselves to people able and willing to pay out an extra chunk of cash. But when it means utilizing a Federal agency and services, its ripe for abuse and, arguably, bribery. Whether the airlines are footing the bill for select passengers or travelers themselves are paying for the privilege, I don’t know what else you’d call special treatment in exchange for cash.
Beyond that hour long observation (and the lack of a Starbucks at the Delta terminal), travel at LAX yesterday was fan-freakin’-tastic. Next up: I’ll bitch that, since liquids are banned from your carry-on, charging $4.50 for a bottle of water inside the airport is nothing less than price gouging.