When you travel on your own as often as I do you have a lot of time to observe the often bizarre behaviour of your fellow passengers and get really, really irritated by it. Little annoying habits that wouldn’t garner a second thought on land suddenly become 10 times more frustrating when taking place in a tin can in the sky over several hours. Am I just an incredibly intolerant person or do these things I’ve seen people do on a plane also rub you up the wrong way?
Ignore the boarding sequence
I often spot bad passenger behaviour before the plane has even boarded. Most long-haul flights have a boarding sequence so that those sitting towards the back of the plane board first. (It’s common sense really.) There is no need therefore for the man in row 19 to be hovering at the front of the gate or a family of 15 to be blocking all lanes, including those for priority passengers.
Sort out their sh*t in the aisle
Oh how I wish passengers would extract their reading material/slipper socks/reading glasses/cuddly toy from their cabin baggage in the lounge before boarding so that they don’t have to not unpack their life in the aisle when the rest of the plane is trying to reach their seats.
Misunderstand the purpose of 4 wheel luggage
Totally none of my business really but why do people with luggage on 4 wheels still drag their cases down the aisle on just 2? I hate to see smart technology mistreated!
Put their sh*t in your foot well
As I mostly travel alone, every time I board a flight it’s like playing a round of Russian roulette. Who will be seated next to me? Will they be smelly, too chatty or (the worst) have belongings/body parts that spill onto me? The space invader is not necessarily a passenger who steals your armrest – a sharp nudge tends to deal with them – it’s the foot well I’ve often found myself fighting over. Too many times I’ve had long-legged gentlemen or overly-loaded ladies use my foot well to place their body and belongings in. This makes me VERY ANGRY.
Put their bare feet where they don’t belong
Shouldn’t there be a rule against bare feet on a plane? Especially if said bare feet are placed on your armrest or (true story) rested against your thigh by the passenger in the next seat who has crossed their legs underneath them.
Let their sh*t spill everywhere
You know the ones who sit in front of you and can’t keep a hold of their own pillow so you have to poke it back through the gap 10 times over? I HATE that!
Don’t get up when you need to use the loo
How is moving your legs 3 inches to the left going to make a viable escape route? I do not want to squeeze out of my row by standing on armrests or putting my intimate parts in people’s faces. Please get up and stop making this so awkward.
Can’t get up without yanking your headrest
Be gentle please people, if the chair moves we go with it.
Let their hair spill over your TV screen
Or play with their dreads, which constantly flick you, for 7 whole hours. (Another gross true story.)
Recline their seat before the meal service
You’re just gonna have to put it back up again coz I can’t eat with my dinner resting on my tits. (For some reason it’s always the passengers in the exit row who seem to recline first and set off a domino effect of unnecessary reclining.)
Hoick phlegm and spit into napkins
Nowhere is this acceptable but especially not in this confined atmosphere. That goes for picking you nose/toenails/genitals also. Especially all 3 together.
Have a domestic
We can hear you arguing over the customs form. It’s awkward.
Fall asleep without turning off their reading light or TV screen
The glare kills me.
Unbuckle their seat as soon as we touchdown
I’m a stickler for rules and secretly wish the plane would jerk suddenly and teach these naughty people a lesson.
Crowd the aisle when the seatbelt sign goes off
What is it with the rush to get to the plane door? Do you realise we’re all going to waiting together at baggage? I like the very British custom of letting each row file out one at a time with a polite ‘after you’ as opposed to some flights I’ve been on when people literally try to walk through you.
Which passenger habits really annoy you?
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