Combination of both. If I get a “line up and wait” in CLT by the airport overview and I see someone looking I always try to wave just to say hi.
It’s the little things that people don’t realize. A simple wave could have a huge impact on someone, especially if they’re interested in this career.
I’ve gone out of airport security multiple times during ground sits between flights to meet some spotters. Even went to the overlook once in uniform with one when I had a 4 hour sit. It’s a great chance to network! Networking is key! I might be able to help this person later in their career get a job with a referral or something. You never know!