What irritates you most at the airport/on the plane?
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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:51:59 PM
People drunk or drugged on planes who are complete violent ass-hats and then when security drags them off scream at the top of their lungs. 'I'm entitled.'

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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:52:00 PM

People who lead their chairs back. I don't like having my legs smashed in place. I think that feature should be removed.

I was discussing this with my BIL once. He says he does it and it's no big deal. My reply was "I didn't pay $300+ to have someone sit in my lap for a 2+ hr flight. It's rude and I don't care if you disagree with me." I agree that feature should be removed.






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Or the mother who brought her baby on board an eight hour overnight flight with a severe ear infection - even though the doctor had told her not to do so -- because she didn't want the ticket to go to waste. The poor child screamed in pain for 7.5 of those eight hours.


I was that child once. I got very sick overseas and every time we hit turbulence I screamed. But I had to get home, reticketing would would have involved a week long delay and cost thousands in hotel bills doctors fees and the cost of the new tickets.

Sometimes there isn't a choice. Somebody on the plane made me a get well soon card. It was either that or kill me.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:08:07 PM
Rather than the other travelers, I dislike when there is inadequate staff / information about delayed flights & when they know the flight is going to be delayed or cancelled & take too long to convey the information to the passengers.

P.S. Seth Godin had a recent list of his airport dislikes which was super interesting.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:09:25 PM

People who cough or sneeze on planes without covering their mouths. Yuck!

I watched a woman across the aisle grab the Sky magazine, blow a great big sneeze into it, then close it and slip it back in the seat pocket. Ever hear of Kleenex?

I'm another non-recliner. Spent a whole flight looking at some guy's greasy, smelly scalp - right in my face. Wish I would never have to do it again.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:12:12 PM
I hate it when the person next to me rests their arms on the armrests in a position that leaves their elbows dangling in my space. I never fight over the armrest-I rarely use it. However, if the person next to me uses it, they should rest their elbow on it in a way that doesn't invade my space. You can have the entire armrest, but don't invade my space.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:12:14 PM
Tifftiff - if that was your only carry on, why not just put it under the seat in front of you? Then you can get to your stuff a lot easier and your bag wouldn't have been moved. (Unless it was a bulkhead seat).


I thought of another one - people that put their jackets in the overhead bins when they board. They take up space that could be used for luggage. Just hold onto them until the bin is full and then shove them in - jackets bend and fold up very well! They don't need space the size of a roll aboard suitcase.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:12:40 PM
I hate seat recliners! I fly quite a bit with my hubby and 4 kids. I don't remember the last time I flew without an infant or toddler on my lap! And every damn time I have a recliner in front of me. They NEED to do away with that feature for sure. I also hate the gate crowders and the baggage claim crazies. Step back people!
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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:26:05 PM
KAS - I had my camera bag underneath the seat in front of me... I don't trust that anywhere out of my sight unfortunately!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:52:30 AM
The only time I've ever been truly annoyed on a flight is the time we flew out at something like 4 am and the two women in the seats behind us had a very loud conversation the entire flight. I thought "Do these people not realize it's the middle of the night?" I ended up stuffing pieces of tissue in my ear as makeshift earplugs.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:00:32 AM
I hate people who talk to me like we are BFFs.
I hate people who ask all kinds of questions about my life and feel the need to tell me about theirs. Especially when I have my iPod plugged in or Im clearly reading a book.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:13:32 AM
Mainly for me its the overhead bin hoggers and the women who have packed them so heavy they can't even get the suckers up there! Last long haul flight I had alone was in September and I had my normal underseat stuff that I always have and I had one small case. I practiced lifting it over my head before I even got to the airport

When I hear crying babies I cringe, not for me but for the parents and the baby. I had a 14 hour flight with a 9 month old and a 20 month old and it was no picnic for us. We were newbies to flying with babies and thought that since it was a night flight and they had not had their afternoon naps they would sleep, it didn't quite work like that Suffice to say that the next long haul we did, we had some sedation meds and they worked beautifully. The babies slept well and woke up refreshed and ready for the next flight

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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:59:30 AM

Tifftiff - if that was your only carry on, why not just put it under the seat in front of you? Then you can get to your stuff a lot easier and your bag wouldn't have been moved. (Unless it was a bulkhead seat).



It's been a while since I flew but several airlines wont let people place items under seats they roll into the isles during turbulence.

And then there is the issue of what is in the carry on bag. There are items which pass all the new security measures which are still a complete PITA for the cabin crew.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:04:14 AM
Seat recliners! I too wish they would do away with reclining seats.
Like someone else said, on our most recent flight the bins were full and the FA were saying they were for suitcases only and anything else would be removed. WTF? Make them gate check their suitcases. The suitcases get bigger and bigger. If it can't roll easily down the aisle, you need to check it. My dh has said for awhile that they need to charge for carry-on, not checked baggage.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:42:23 AM

People who are running to board the plane. The rest of us figured out how to arrive on time. We are onboard, all crammed in and here you come, with your carryon, your phone to your mouth and you are holding us up. Come on...be a grownup!



This would be me..... but I have to ask....what difference does it make to you when I get on the plane? It's not holding you up, the jetway would be closed if the flight was about to leave. If I'm not going to be in the first group boarding, then I want to be the last on board cuz what holds me up is all the amateurs trying to figure out where their seats are, and stuff their huge 'carry-on' bags into the overhead.

I fly 100k+ miles a year and have a whole list of things that make me crazy at airports.

1. If your boarding pass says Group 6 sit your ass down and wait until you're called.

2. Pay the $25 and check your 50lb bag

3. Read the signs at security, and figure out that your shoes need to come off, your laptop needs to come out of your bag and no, you can't carry your water and your Swiss army knife on board.

4. Don't recline your seat. Airlines have crammed seats so close together that when you recline you either squash the knees of someone behind you, or you make it impossible to put the tray table down. I consider time in the air as work time...I need to use my laptop but can't if you're 'relaxing' in front of me.

5. If you have a cold, use some common sense when you're sneezing and coughing. I don't want your germs.

6. OK, you hate to fly but I don't want to hear about it for the next 6 hours. I'm not your BFF, don't talk to me.

7. If the line at check in, security, or the gate says 'First Class and Priority', and you're not, don't get in the line.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 5:00:56 AM
This has been mentioned several times but it bears repeating. Don't put your crap in the bin above my seat unless you're sitting next to me, please.


People who take up too much room of the overhead bins, and/or people who put their carry-on's in a bin nowhere near their seat (quite often because there's no room near them, because of the first problem I mentioned).


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I fly international a lot and my biggest complain is
STOP* KICKING* MY * SEAT!!!!!!! and parents please make sure your kid is NOT KICKING


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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:12:37 AM

It's been a while since I flew but several airlines wont let people place items under seats they roll into the isles during turbulence.



I can't remember ever flying on an airline that restricted under the seat baggage, unless you were in a bulkhead row, or on a tiny prop plane.

On a standard aircraft, every row of seats has a barrier bar on the aisle side that stops anything from from rolling out into the aisle.

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It's been a while since I flew but several airlines wont let people place items under seats they roll into the isles during turbulence.

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Hmm...I've never once heard of an airline say that. Their 'rules' are that you are allowed 1 carry on and 1 personal item, and one is to go under the seat in front of you.

The OP clarified that she also had a camera bag - I was just asking because she said the backpack was her only carry on. If she had 2 it makes sense - I just prefer to have my stuff by me feet if possible!


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I was that child once. I got very sick overseas and every time we hit turbulence I screamed. But I had to get home, reticketing would would have involved a week long delay and cost thousands in hotel bills doctors fees and the cost of the new tickets.

Sometimes there isn't a choice. Somebody on the plane made me a get well soon card. It was either that or kill me.
The woman was going on a pleasure trip with a girlfriend. It was completely unnecessary to put her child through that much pain so she could have a vacay. As a parent, sometimes you have to give up the fun for the good of your child.

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Worst flight ever - there was a man a few rows up who had really bad gas. The horrid scent would come back, and you could hear the groans go aisle by aisle in waves. Hours upon hours of that.

People who aren't easygoing in general. (But that goes for all kinds of travel, not just on planes.) If there's a snowstorm going on outside, there's nothing that a gate agent can do about it, so complaining at them isn't going to do anything. We flew to Florida once in the winter, and a man got LOUDLY annoyed that his coat got wrinkled in the overhead compartment. His wife eventually said, "It's 80 degrees outside, you're not even going to need it, shut up."

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:16:45 AM

Amen to this!! They also need to have someone there at security for the 'body check'. I can't tell you how many times I've waited (and it's not usually a short wait) for someone to come so they 'body check me. Really I'm the only one there that day that has to stand in a different line because I have medical implant of some sort or medical equipment.

Seriously! Why don't they put a female agents there? I'd say 9 times out of 10, I'm waiting for 15-20 minutes for a female agent to get there. So annoying!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:34:59 AM
I am a pretty easygoing traveler. Just chill about most stuff. Kids cry, it's a cramped space, people want to be chatty (although I am really not chatty on an airplane). That just is what it is. I assume when I'm flying that I have to put up with a bunch of people in my personal space and I try really hard to not let it bug me too much. I also try not to be a rude flyer!

The one thing that really bugs me is when you are sitting there minding your business, and all of a sudden the person behind you wants to get up, so they grab the back of your seat and hoist themselves up, thereby pulling your hair and jolting the back of your seat. You can stand up without hoisting yourself using the seat in front of you.

Grooming on the plane should be done in the bathroom. Brush your hair in the bathroom. Save the perfume and nail polish for your destination - some of us are sensitive to scents and the smell of freshly sprayed perfume or wet nail polish in such a confined space makes us ill.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:37:35 AM
I'm well aware that according to peas, seat reclining is akin to stabbing your first born. With that said, I can't remember the last time I was on a flight and the people in front of me didn't recline. I recline, and will continue to do so, and I am not going to ask you if I may recline. The only exception I would give, is someone who asked because they had a bad knee. I'm 5'8 and I've never had a chair in my lap. I know that the no recline people will say otherwise...I'm not sure how it is that I have some kinda long legs and it's never bothered me in the least. So, I guess I'll have to live with the fact I'm just rude when it comes to seat reclining. I'd giggle if someone asked me if they could recline...it's your seat, do what you want.

Like a previous poster said, if that "two inches" is no big deal, it should be no big deal to either person. And let's face it, it's there, and people use it. Not much you can do about it. Just like gate crowders, I hate that, but it's not like I can do anything about it.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:45:39 AM
Sillyrabbit, most airlines will offer ear plugs if you ask.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:02:15 AM

But my absolute favorite people are the ones who assume that my 7 yo will trade her window seat for their middle seat. And then get huffy when I say no. She sits quietly, watches her movies and looks about the window. I'm in the same row on the aisle. You are not entitled to her window seat because you want it. Book earlier next time. No amount of eye rolls, huffs, or loud sighs will change my mind or hers.


Hmmm...I kind of see their point of view. I'm perfectly fine sitting in the middle seat between two strangers, but I'd be surprised to find myself between a mother and her child, and I'd certainly offer to switch seats. Your child may be the quietest, most self-sufficient 7 yo around, but your seatmate doesn't know that and is probably anticipating a flight full of "Mommy, look at that!" and "Mommy, can you open this for me?" That could get quite annoying.

My pet peeve is definitely the oversize "carry-ons." The airlines should be charging these people--not letting them check things for free when I've paid to check my suitcase.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:03:23 AM
my peeve is people getting all huffy about reclining the seats! perhaps you need to book your seat ahead of time by the bulkhead so there is no one in front of you... or book in business. i always recline my chair and if i'm 'invading someone's space' then they can recline, too. the chairs are made to recline... however, if you were 6'2" with arthritic knees and asked my nicely, i'd be more than happy to oblige you and move my chair back up.

sometimes i think people try and think up things to complain about!! or it never bothered them until someone else mentioned it!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:10:56 AM
My FAVORITE flying story. First flight for my then 9 year old. FLight was overbooked, I offered to take later flight, but as it turns out, there was room. So we were the last boarded. Last two seats were apart, about three rows. My daughter sat down crying because she was scared. I asked attendant if she could help, and she said, "not my problem". So, I stood up and asked if anyone could switch so we could sit together. Everyone looked out their window, or magazine. So, I sat down and began to well up with tears over my daughter and people. I mean come on, it's a kid who is crying. Not until the guy next to my daughter realized he was going to have to sit next to a stressed out crying little girl did he offer to move. I would lay on the ground before I'd deny a crying child a seat next to her mother. I just couldn't believe all those people could just act in such a manner.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:10:56 AM

3). People who didn't buy seats together and expect the rest of us who did to accomodate them and their 45 kids.



Sometimes this is courtesy of the airline. USAirways was notorious for doing this to us when our kids were little. We would book our seats together as soon as we could, then get to the airport and be all split up in different seats. One year we flew to AZ to visit my in-laws for Easter and they had separated all of us. They told us to ask around and maybe someone would trade seats with us.



The one thing that really bugs me is when you are sitting there minding your business, and all of a sudden the person behind you wants to get up, so they grab the back of your seat and hoist themselves up, thereby pulling your hair and jolting the back of your seat. You can stand up without hoisting yourself using the seat in front of you.



I am someone who always needs to go to the restroom in flight. If you are not reclined into my space, I don't have to grab your seat to get up. But, if I am in a middle or window seat, with no leg room and the seat of me is leaned back, I am probably going to use your seat as leverage. General you, not specific.

I have never really had bad children on a flight, but I did have a horrible experience with a group of high school cheerleaders once. Our flight was delayed by 45 minutes because one of them had a panic attack and refused to get back in her seat as we were waiting in line to takeoff. Then, during the flight, they were piling onto each others' laps (6 to 3 seats) and cursing, etc. When asked to please tone down the language, the girl behind me told another woman to stop being such a bitch. The chaperones did nothing, the flight attendants did nothing. As we got off the plane, passengers were lining up to complain to the gate attendant.

And one thing does bother me. If turbulence is bad, please strap in your toddler. Last year, we had a very bumpy descent into Philadelphia. The woman behind me had her 2 year old grandson with her. After the attendants checked to see if everyone was belted in and strapped in themselves, she unbuckled the little boy and let him stand on her lap. DH and I were getting jostled around with our belts on and I was a nervous wreck thinking that little boy was going to get hurt.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:13:18 AM
tamhugh....my child flight experience was with USairways too. Ugh! On the way out, the pilot said the same thing when I spoke to him..."not my job and not her job". Well, I'm glad you didn't put yourself out.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:13:44 AM

The one thing that really bugs me is when you are sitting there minding your business, and all of a sudden the person behind you wants to get up, so they grab the back of your seat and hoist themselves up, thereby pulling your hair and jolting the back of your seat. You can stand up without hoisting yourself using the seat in front of you.




Oh yes - TOTALLY agree with this one. My seat is not a grab bar. Stop using it as one. When you pull on MY seat, it moves. That usually wakes me up, and that's rude.


Funny enough, seat recliners don't really bother me. It's a bit irritating when I can't get into my carry on bag, but I blame the airline, not the passenger. I figure he / she probably paid several hundred dollars for their ticket too, and their seat reclines. I can't expect them not to use that feature (although I don't recline mine anywhere but in first flass. Not because I'm nice, but because I think it's pointless, and puts me at a weird angle).


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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:31:24 AM

tamhugh....my child flight experience was with USairways too. Ugh! On the way out, the pilot said the same thing when I spoke to him..."not my job and not her job". Well, I'm glad you didn't put yourself out.


My kids are fairly experienced fliers, but I couldn't guarantee they would have behaved for a 5 1/2 hour flight seated alone. I'll bet it would have been their job if those unattended children misbehaved.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:43:08 AM
I don't fly that often and I can honestly say that most of these things don't bother me in the least.

As for people who aren't quite sure what to do in the security line, well, not everyone is a seasoned traveler, the process may be a decade old, but for some it may be their first time flying. A little patience goes a long way.

I also had the experience of booking early and choosing seats only to have the airline switch them and yes we had to ask people to switch. There were 4 of us, my SIL, myself and her 2 kids, one was an infant and the other a toddler. We booked 3 seats together for the 4 of us and the airline split us up. They had the toddler (with a peanut allergy no less) by himself 4 rows away from his Mom and several rows away from me. What choice did we have?

I think we just all need to be a bit more patient and tolerant of each others misgivings. As for the seat reclining, I don't recline, but I don't mind if the person in front of me does.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:49:18 AM
When the last person on the airplane in Nashville, grabbing the last set on the plane to Austin for SXSW expects everyone in our row to put our bags under our seats so he can put his guitar and bag in the overhead bin.

Yes, Billy Currington - I am talking about you. Very rude and very entitled.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:52:02 AM
I had most of my pet peeves happen on one flight.

First, I had to move seats because the last two people to board the plane could not sit one row apart for a 45 minute flight. So I moved from my window seat to find that the lady I had to sit by had her stuff under both seats. I told the flight attendant and instead of making her move her stuff, she took my purse and camera and put it in a bin several rows back! Not only was I separated from my wallet, but I had to make like a salmon swimming upstream to get my stuff when we landed. I didn't want to make a commotion because we were all ready to take off and I felt like everyone was already staring at me.

And then, the lady talks to me for the entire flight. Thank goodness it was a short flight. But I still blame those 2 adults who could not sit apart for 45 minutes!

Oh, and I don't mind if people recline their seats. I just assume they are going to.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:52:05 AM
I fly all the time (Delta).

Gate lice, all the way. (Gate Lice is a term used for those people crowding the boarding area, trying to get on the plane asap). I get it, you want to secure space for your bag. But if you're in Zone 5, the Gate Agent is going to toss your butt back if you try to board in Zone 1.

People, usually kids, rocking the seat in front of me back and forth.

Unruly small children in first class.

Clueless people at the security checkpoint. No, really, you CANNOT bring a full size bottle of shampoo in your carry on.

People sitting in the back, putting their bags in the front bins.

Sitting next to a smoker.

Seat recliners. If they recline their seat, then I'm forced to recline mine. Sorry, person-behind-me.

People who want to switch seats. I always tell them no. Why the need to sit together? Can you not stand to be away from your DH for 2 hours? We're all on the same airplane, no one is going to get lost.

Regional Jets (especially the CRJ-200).

Annoying passengers who throw a fit at the gate agent because of weather delays.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:56:10 AM

my peeve is people getting all huffy about reclining the seats! perhaps you need to book your seat ahead of time by the bulkhead so there is no one in front of you... or book in business. i always recline my chair and if i'm 'invading someone's space' then they can recline, too. the chairs are made to recline...



Actually, I don't get 'huffy', I don't like it but I grasp the concept that your chair reclines and you have every right to use it that way. Bulkhead is a PITA if you need to work on a flight because there's no seat to keep your briefcase under and the only time I stowed my briefcase in the overhead, some passenger stole my laptop while I was sleeping!! Never again. And I usually do fly first class but sometimes it's already full when I make my reservations.


You can stand up without hoisting yourself using the seat in front of you.


Oh no...have you flown on American lately? Or Air Berlin, or half a dozen other carriers? On the last International flight I was on, I was in the window seat, all 3 seats in front of me were reclined, and it was literally impossible to stand up straight between my seat and the reclined seat. In fact there was no way to balance yourself without hanging on to the seat in front. Some airlines have the seats so close together that when the person in front of me reclines, their seat is pushing against my knees, and I'm only 5' 1". I'd hate to be 6' and have to spend 11 hours like that. It's so bad that the flight attendants do actually ask folks to put their seats up for meal service because the tray is jammed into your body otherwise (and I'm slender, so that's not the problem)

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:09:24 PM
I fly all the time and have for decades - just part of living overseas.

Security -
We all know we are going to go through it. How about preparing for it! I have to exhale deeply an find inner peace when some joker just begins unloading their pockets full of stuff once the pick up a bin after standing in line for 20 minutes watching everyone else do the same thing.

Seats -
I bought it, I'm reclining it - just like you can.

Passengers -
People who pull on seat backs. I can get out of my seat by reaching back and pushing down on the arm rests, so can you.
Second would have to be business travelers with attitude and who look down on children. I often fly internationally either business or first depending on the airline. Business travelers often sign and roll eyes when they see kids in the same section. I actually had a man tell me once that I shouldn't fly with kids in Business Class. Ha!
Lastly, smelly feet. You know if you have smelly feet, it's not a surprise. If you do, don;t remove your shoes... please!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:25:43 PM

I would lay on the ground before I'd deny a crying child a seat next to her mother. I just couldn't believe all those people could just act in such a manner.


I'm usually traveling alone, so I don't mind giving up my seat to a parent/child combo...HOWEVER...One day I was taking a 3pm flight from DFW-SFO, since it was a tween flight (between meals) there was no food service. I had been in meetings all day, had not eaten, so I stopped and grabbed a sandwich after security. Got settled in, put my sandwich, neatly wrapped in the brown handled bag, into the seat pocket in front of me, along with a business book I needed to read.

Just as they're about to zip up the plane, this loud blonde and her two youngsters, flap frantically aboard and stop at my row. Three of them, 2 empty seats. She looks at me and says 'Oh, great, here, you can go sit in his seat'...gesturing a couple of rows up. The flight attendant is alongside practically shoving them into the row so they can start pushing back. I grab my briefcase and relocate. The plane starts moving immediately, so I figure as soon as we're in the air I'll go retrieve my sandwich and book.

Once we reach altitude I unbuckle and go back for my stuff. It's GONE. I ask the lady 'scuse me, I left my lunch and a book here', and she says 'Oh yes, I gave them to the flight attendant to throw away'. WTF???? This was a brand new $50 technical book, and a pristine sandwich, in the seat pocket of someone YOU just asked to relocate!!! I was pissed, and told her so.

2 hours into the flight, I'm sleeping, when one of the children taps me on the shoulder and tries to give me a crumpled up piece of white paper. He said 'my mom says this is yours'. Now I'm REALLY pissed off, no food, woken up, so I said loudly 'No, honey, that a piece of white trash, just like your mama'...made me feel much better!!

These days I think twice before giving up my seat!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:37:12 PM
I fly either first class or I pay for "choice" seats. You better believe I'm not giving up seats I've paid extra for just so that someone who didn't have it together and now must sit separated from family members can have my seat.

I hate recliners. Yes, you can recline as you say. BUT, I can take off my shoes, bump your seat, pull on it to get up and bang my food tray. Now, we can both play nice or we can both be uncomfortable. Your choice.


ut my absolute favorite people are the ones who assume that my 7 yo will trade her window seat for their middle seat. And then get huffy when I say no. She sits quietly, watches her movies and looks about the window. I'm in the same row on the aisle. You are not entitled to her window seat because you want it. Book earlier next time. No amount of eye rolls, huffs, or loud sighs will change my mind or hers.


While I understand your position, I certainly hope you and your daughter are not bothering the person in the middle by reaching over him/her to give things to each other. You're entitled to your seats on the aisle and the window. You are not entitled to invade the space of the person in the middle. and I hope you don't make comments like "oh, can I reach over, she's only 7". If your child needs anything or needs help with anything, then you should be sitting her next to you.





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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:43:38 PM

And when it wouldn't fit with my backpack in it, he grabbed my backpack and handed it to the stewardess, shoved his carry-on in the overhead, and went to the back to take his seat! So the stewardess takes my backpack and puts it 4 rows ahead of me and crams it in elsewhere! All without asking me! I was sitting there in utter disbelief (and pretty livid). It took everything I had not to make a scene

Same thing happened to me! Trust me I wanted to make a scene but didn't want to be escorted off the plane since security is so high these days.
*KAS* - a) I don't put bags (non-suitcases) on the floor, it's dirty.
I want space for my feet to be comfortable during the flight.

I now put my stuff on the overhead bin across from my seat so I can watch as someone shuffles it around, because above my head I only see it after it's done.

CreativeEngineer - When my mother and I fly together I always get the window and she always the aisle, like another poster said, just our preferences and no we will not move because someone doesn't want to sit between us. However I would think it an accident if I saw a child separated from their mother like that and wouldn't want you both leaning over me the whole flight to pass things back and forth.

ALso hate it when someone grabs the back of my chair to get up.




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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:50:51 PM
Lauren, my DD and I bother no one. She's an experienced flier. We started when she was 4 weeks old. She plugs in her earphones and you do not hear a peep out of her except to tell us what she wants to drink.

I understand people asking once if we want to trade. I even appreciate it. However when we say no thanks, the huffs, muttering, dirty looks, and carry on banging start. Same when DH and I book two aisle seats across from each other. The minute the person in the middle realizes we're together, they some how think we'll jump at the change to trade and get irate when we say no thanks.

I've never had a seat I booked randomly changed. I have changed seats at the request of the gate agent or FA to accommodate families if I was in the mood. But most of the time I get stuck In the middle of two large or smelly strangers. Not my cup of tea. So I usually decline the request.





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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:57:28 PM
Then, I would have no problem sitting between the two of you. (if I ever had to have a middle seat, which I hope I never do)





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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:59:51 PM
I think it's funny when people crowd around the luggage dispenser. That's not what it's called-- where the belt spits out the luggage.

I'll stand at the far end, away from the preferred area near the opening, to avoid the shoving crowd. But eventually it builds up and I end up in a crowd.

One guy stepped in front of me, and the huge backpack he was already carrying whacked me in the shoulder. Like a pregnant woman in reverse, he didn't realize that he had extra circumference hanging off of his back. Or maybe he did realize it, and enjoyed experience.

I had made a vow to myself on a trip that I would talk to people, open up to the universe. Well, the poor lady next to me on the second leg of the flight spilled her soul about her drug addicted son. I still worry about her. Imagine needing to talk to someone so badly that you'd open up to a stranger on an airplane.







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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:04:07 PM

CreativeEngineer - When my mother and I fly together I always get the window and she always the aisle, like another poster said, just our preferences and no we will not move because someone doesn't want to sit between us. However I would think it an accident if I saw a child separated from their mother like that and wouldn't want you both leaning over me the whole flight to pass things back and forth.




Wow! So you and your mom talk over this other person in the middle the whole flight? I would honestly think it was a mistake and ask you if you wanted to change. If you didn't want to change and talked over me the whole flight, sorry, I'd just join in your conversation. After all, you've put me in the middle of it!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:15:16 PM
The families that have seats apart doesn't always mean they didn't have their act together. We have booked early and had airlines change our seats or drop us all together. There was a continental flight that completely dropped us for no reason and no notice. They got us back on that flight, but had my husband in one row, me in another and our 2 year old in another row and we were rows apart. We weren't asking to all 3 sit together, just 1 person to switch so that one of us was sitting next to the 2 year old. The flight attendant was rude and didn't care and refused to ask anyone to move. Someone finally offered to move, but it was only after they realized that they would be stuck sitting next to the 2 year old from Texas to Florida.
I don't have to sit next to my husband, I have flown by myself numerous times, but if there is major turbulence, you are going to wish I was next to him and not you. I am not a good flyer. Sometimes I do well and other times I don't. I have drawn blood on my husband. I have grabbed a complete strangers hand before.
I have gotten better over the years and distract myself with my iPod, book or if my kids are with me, they distract me. I wasn't always this way. I have had several flights that scared the shit out of me and have made me this way. I'm talking major turbulence where I thought we were going to die.
To the seat recliners... Go ahead and recline, I can't stop you, but don't get pissed when I kick the crap out of your seat. If you recline just a tad, I'm ok. If you recline it the full way, I will make sure you don't sleep. It's rude! I don't want your smelly, dirty head in my lap.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:28:31 PM
Not being able to use the bathroom because the food cart/beverage cart/snack cart/garbage cart is blocking the aisle for a half hour at a time for most of the flight and the only rest room is at the back of the plane. If they would just hand out the entire can of soda instead of having to pour each individual plastic cup to order it wouldn't take so dang long!


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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:14:07 PM
My last two flights to and within Asia have had the same issue. I get to the airport and checked in. I get to the gate and then called to the counter where they proceed to tell me they have moved my aisle seat to a middle seat in a different row to get a family together. I have objected and was told I had to move. This is not okay.

I am irrated by:

* Seat recliners
* Arm rest hoggers
* People that fall asleep and then end up half in your seat
* Overhead bin abusers & I have had a suitcase fall on my head when the witchy 20something tried to get it out of the overhead bin in the middle of the flight. She just wanted to freshen up her makeup.
* kids that kick your seat
* People that grab your hair when they use your seat to stand up



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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:41:47 PM
I pretty much hate all of it from the time I hit the curb until I walk out of whatever airport I flew to.

I will occasionally run into an airline employee with a great attitude who makes me smile or enjoy a meal at an airport, but that's not a given.

The rest of it is pure hell that I tolerate because I couldn't drive to Europe or I didn't have the time to drive in the US.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:51:43 PM
There are blocks that you can buy to keep somebody from leaning back. If I decided to fly again I just might buy some.
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