I’ve seen this become a trend more and more, not that it hasn’t been popular already.
In cases of a gate hold, or mostly just it being very busy, but not quite enough for a gate hold, the controller might “stagger” departures. This means he’ll let a certain amount of aircraft out so that the takeoff lines aren’t too long, the rest will be told to hold position.
Having just controlled a session at SEA for myself it seems incredible how many people repeatedly then kept asking for pushback - some almost asking for a “spamming” ghost.
The controller hasn’t forgotten you. We actually have a reminder function for this very reason. The less unimportant, repeated messages the controller has to deal with in the process, the better to efficiently work it out.
Props to a few (who today unfortunately were exceptions) who remained patient and waited to be approved for pushback, such as @InfiniteNick who came to mind - i’m sure quite a few others as well.
Cheers guys! 🙂