The temporary increase in self importance that individuals assign to themselves while waiting at airports.
Future passengers suffering from the airport effect often portray more serious facial expressions, increase their cell phone speaking volume if discussing business matters, and perform fake work on their laptop near heavily populated areas.
James and Preston sit at the Chilis bar near gate 17:
James: "Preston, please excuse me for a moment. I'm going to get my shoes shined in the elevated wooden chair while I read the journal"
Preston: "James are you alright? You seem to be coming down with the airport effect..."