Anyone who has traveled a long haul flight at least a couple of times, you will probably know exactly what I mean when you go through the list below. There are many things that people do that can be annoying and when flying these annoyances become far worse being stuck in a tube flying high from the ground.
Here is a list of the 4 things that I found most annoying while flying.
Long Airport Line Ups
There is nothing more frustrating than a long line up at an airport. You have already been traveling for countless hours and now you have to wait in a line up for another couple of hours. I have experienced very long line ups in the past. And it seems to be the more in a rush you are, the longer line up is there. And this goes for airline line ups and customs line ups. In my experience, some of the longest customs line ups have been in the US. But other countries also have long line ups so don’t think that you will get through without a wait somewhere else. In regards to airline lines ups, get to the airport early and there shouldn’t be a line up. This way you go straight to the check in counter and you’ll get to enjoy a coffee with your free time.
Sitting Next To Overweight Passengers
Not sure it there is anything worse than when you are looking for your seat and realize there is a very large overweight person taking up half of your seat. So you try to squeeze into your seat and basically be in an even tighter environment than normal for a long trip. An option you have is to talk to a flight attendant privately to see if you can swap seats if there are some free. Often they won’t let you change until you have taken off so you might need to push through it for about 30 minutes or so.
People Who Don’t Stand Back When At The Baggage Carrousel
Have you ever waited for your luggage to come up on to the carrousel only to find that when your baggage comes out you can’t get to it? It happens more often then you may think. I have missed my suitcase a couple of times and had to wait until it comes out again. Also had a few close calls where I was only just able to squeeze through and get my baggage in time. It’s simple, stand a few steps back from the carrousel, when you see your suitcase get it quickly, then step out of the way. If everyone followed this process, things would be much smoother.
The Stinky Neighbor
I think that we have all experienced this weather on a plane, public transport, etc. In a plane however, it seems so much worse as you are stuck with this person for such a long time. This includes passengers who have literally had their last puff of a cigarette seconds before they board the plane. People common! Please shower before you fly, carry deodorant with you (obviously not a spray can as they are not allowed on planes) and take some mints to freshen your breath.