Air travel nuisances

Today's post is a continuation of a series I'm doing on travel annoyances. In this post, I wrote about how to ride on DC 's metro system without making the locals want to kill you, and in this one I wrote how to not be an irritating tourist in a foreign country (although many of those tips are relevant even if you're traveling within the U.S.)

If you've ever flown anywhere - and especially if you've flown many places - you know that air travel is a pain in the you-know-what. Sometimes you get lucky (like we got with our Lufthansa flight to Munich this year, a generally pleasant flight), but most of the time air travel is basically a string of challenges and obstacles designed to test how much you can take before you snap and punch a TSA agent in the throat . (Just kidding, NSA.)

This is a list of my biggest annoyances when flying, or spending time in an airport:

1. People that get in line to board a flight 20 minutes before boarding starts.

Seriously? I get that this behavior stems from a fear that you won't have enough overhead space for your carry-on luggage, but come on. Do you really want to be the one on the plane for the longest amount of time? Especially on international flights on big jets, this is just so unnecessary. Not to mention, you're making everyone else jumpy that they're going to be last and not have any overhead space, and it creates a snowball effect.

2. People that stand up during taxi, or after landing before the seatbelt sign has turned off.

Sometimes this actually delays your departure! You might think it's an emergency situation that you forgot to get your Kindle out and you'll be without it for 20 minutes, but really, it's not. It's also not necessary to jump up immediately upon touch down and whip your luggage out of the overhead bin. What's the purpose? Do you just want to snuggle with your suitcase?

3. Ginormous carry-ons

We know that airlines charge exorbitant fees for carry-on luggage. If you have somehow gotten a full-size suitcase onto a flight because the gate attendant was too lazy and/or preoccupied to stop you and measure your bag, you're probably going to delay your flight and make all the other passengers want to kill you. It won't fit in the overhead bin. You'll try to close it. Joe and Bob and Eric will try to close it. The flight attendants will each try to close it, at which point your fight is 20 minutes late taking off and they will force you to check your bag. Was it worth it? I'm gonna say no. Oh, and you're a jerk.

4. People that try to sneak both their carry-ons into the overhead bin

Why is this always a self-important businessman? If you have a carry-on that doesn't fit under the seat in front of you, and a laptop bag, don't put both of them in the overhead bin. Especially on domestic flights where overhead space is limited! I get you want to stretch your legs, but seriously, this is so rude. I promise you'll survive for two hours with your bag by your feet.

5. People that close their window shades as soon as the flight attendants turn away

This may not annoy everyone, but one of the only things that keeps me from getting airsick (other than peppermint, hallelujah) is being able to see out the window. I mean, if you want to close your window shade, go for it. Just know I will probably throw up. On you.

Basically, use a little bit of common sense and be attentive to and aware of what is going on around you, and you won't annoy me or other passengers on your flight. Follow the rules, stay calm, and fly on.

14 comments:

  1. I agree with you. I would add to your list individuals who don't prepare hygienically for their flight. :/

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    1. "Don't prepare hygienically".... That is a very nice way to put it! Lol!

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  2. Ginormous carry ons are annoying. Seriously, do you need something the size of a house?!

    I also don't get queueing to be first on the plane. You're going to be stuck on it for hours, why the rush?

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  3. Ginormous carry ons are annoying. Seriously, do you need something the size of a house?!

    I also don't get queueing to be first on the plane. You're going to be stuck on it for hours, why the rush?

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  4. Ginormous carry ons are annoying. Seriously, do you need something the size of a house?!

    I also don't get queueing to be first on the plane. You're going to be stuck on it for hours, why the rush?

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    1. It drives my husband especially crazy. And it makes me so tense! I wish people would just relax.

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  5. Love this, you sound just like me x

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    1. I've been a total travel crab lately, hence this series of posts. Haha!

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  6. The people who get in line before boarding. I can't. Have a seat and relax. This is not a competition.

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    1. It really is most annoying because it makes me jumpy, and makes me want to get in line so they don't take all the overhead space. It's a snowball effect. So annoying!

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  7. Oh, those self-important business dudes. :| They're definitely a load of fun to deal with!

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    1. so much fun! I've definitely gotten a lot less shy about being like whose case is this? Can you put it by your feet? Kthanks. Haha!

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  8. The people who stand up and try to move around during taxi/takeoff/landing and when the seatbelt sign is on drive me nuts. It's for everyone's safety!

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    1. people are crazy. Like it's a race! Calm down!

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