Holy crap, you should have heard this united pilot last week in NRT. They shut 34L down due to a bird strike and were holding everyone at the gate until the runway was clear. This woman called like 6 times asking for clarification, it was exhausting. Other pilots were even trying to help her understand but NOPE. Ugh.
It's also cringe worthy when you hear one of your own drop the heavy with every transmission in these places. Bruh, we're by far the smallest damn thing here!
Unfortunately some stereotypes exist for a reason...
This morning after departing LAS we overhead a GA pilot that launched out of SGU asking about flying over the Grand Canyon to center. The exchange started like this and didn't get much better...
"Hey there center, can I just overly the Grand Canyon? I thought it'd be on ma Garmin but it isn't, ain't there some special routes or VFR corridor I can do?"
Guess I could've been like that GoJet pilot in the other thread and keyed the mic to say something snarky , but we just shook our heads and listened in amazement at his ignorance and center's patience. Kudos to the controller for being magnanimous.
So a little PSA for anyone flying into unfamiliar environs for the first time, do your research first and learn about any applicable rules or special operating aspects. By all means, ask questions as needed but at least be mildly informed for the good of us all.