Traveling by air is often stressful and generally, I blame it on the fact that we have to deal with other people. There are lots of things that can go wrong with air travel that are out of your control: your flight may be delayed/canceled, your luggage may be lost, your flight may be overbooked, you may have missed your connection, or you may be stuck by a crying child. All these things are not out of the ordinary and it sucks. But, let’s face it, it’s the little things done by others- while suffering these already stressful situations- that can really piss you off. Although, maybe I’m just more high-strung than others when in these situations and I let it get to me.
Top 10 Air Travel Pet Peeves
1. Luggage Carousel
The thing that annoys me by far the most at the airport is how people act around the luggage carousel. People gather as closely as possible to the edge of the thing and wait for their bags to come. A big wall is created as everyone waits, and most people are blocked from getting close- or even seeing if their bag is coming. And, often people have their whole party participating and end up blocking others. It makes it impossible to break through the group to grab your bag. If everyone stood back a few meters and waited to move until they saw what they thought was their bag, the whole process would go much quicker.
2. Rude Passengers
If the flight is delayed leaving, or arriving, it’s likely NOT the flight attendants or the airline staff who work at the desks/check-ins’ fault. Being rude, or yelling at these people will not make the process go any faster. It may actually slow it down as these people have to deal with you rather than the rest of the people who may need real assistance.
If you are unfortunate enough to be seated by an unhappy, crying kid, just deal with it and keep your mouth shut. All of us were crying kids at one point and likely it is out of the parent’s control. Ear pressure, for example can be pretty painful and scary for a kid/baby. Honestly, what is saying anything to anyone going to do to change the situation?
4. Seat Kicking
If you’re a parent on the other hand: please do help keep your kids respectful of others. I don’t want the back of my seat kicked for the entire flight, or for the tray to go up and down, and, believe it or not, I can feel it every time that little pocket on the back of the seat snaps closed.
5. Airplane Food
Do not complain that you have to pay for food these days. This isn’t anything new at this point and your flight is likely cheaper now than it was in the old days, so expect this. Bring your own food, or buy the 5 dollar sandwich. It’s likely cheaper than a sandwich in the airport and may even be better.
6. Reclining Seat
The seats recline for your comfort and I don’t think I should feel bad about wanting to put it down. Likely the person in front of me did it the second the flight reaches altitude.
7. In and Out Seat Etiquette
When you are getting up from your seat, or when you are moving in your seat, please do not grab the one in front of you to pull yourself up. That yanks the seat and jostles the person in front of you who is likely trying to sleep or relax. Push yourself up with your arms from the arm rest. Although, if you’re old, and the only way you can get up from the seat is this way, then go for it.
8. Flight Delays
If the flight is delayed by the forces of nature, I don’t want to hear you complain or blame the damn airlines. The situation sucks, but seriously, how are they in control of that?
9. Arm Rests
Realize that not everyone has their own set of arm rests and you have to share.
10. Overhead Compartments
People can’t get by you in the aisle, so try to be quick when getting on and off the plane and getting your stuff from the overhead compartments. Just try to be organized or move to a seat to get organized to let people by.
So, just chill out: think of others, and have a cocktail if you need to!