As I was growing up, I remember watching scenes on television of people traveling on airplanes that seemed to make it very glamorous. In the last 12 months, I have been on planes nearly 50 times and can most assuredly guarantee you that it is not glamorous. It really may have been at one time, but nowadays it is anything but. Unfortunately, over the past year, I have developed some pet peeves about being on an airplane or in an airport.
- Are there really any adults that don’t know how to fasten and unfasten a seat belt?
- I was lucky enough to fly business class on a trip to Barcelona and was somewhat surprised when I was the only one boarding the plane when business class was announced. I was even more surprised, upon boarding the plane, when I discovered that every other business class passenger went on during pre-boarding. Just because you spent the extra dollars for a business or first class ticket, you are not that special than those that truly need the extra time…
- When getting out of your seat for the fifth time to head up to the lavatory, how about pushing up from the armrests on both sides of you, rather than grabbing the seat in front of you where I am trying to read. If you insist on grabbing the seat, just grab it and not my hair (I need to keep what I have left). Also, try gently releasing the seat back, rather than just letting go and catapulting me forward two rows.
- After I turn down the offer of peanuts from the flight attendant, don’t ask them if you can have mine in addition to yours.
- If you fly Southwest Airlines, understand their boarding procedures and don’t act surprised that the three of you probably won’t be sitting together when you get on the plane in boarding group C.
- If you press the call attendant button more than twice on a flight, federal marshals should be allowed to take you into custody.
- You are allowed to take two carry-on bags onto the plane. Learn how to count and stop at two.
- I understand the desire to carry on your luggage to avoid the fees that some airlines charge (hey, check out Southwest….) but they really should fit in the overhead bins and not be the size of my Mini Cooper car.
- Learn how to walk down the aisle of the airplane without hitting every person sitting in an aisle seat with your carry-on luggage.
- When they told you five minutes ago that all electronic devices needed to be turned off, that was your clue to end the cellphone conversation.
- While walking through the airport concourse with your rolling luggage, walk in a straight line rather that weaving about like a navy ship trying to avoid a submarine attack.
- Don’t be complaining about the delay at security screening checkpoints and then have to take items out of four different bags when you get to the x-ray machine.
- TSA, I am sorry but I am still not convinced that a small jar of Jif Extra-Crunchy Peanut Butter is a liquid. You might have convinced me if you were able to pour it out.
- If you are going to rip pages out of the in-flight magazine, just take the copy with you when you arrive rather than leaving the remnants behind for the next passenger.
- Last time I checked, all U.S. currency contains the statement that “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private,” yet most airlines won’t accept it when I want to have an adult beverage. I’m thinking class-action lawsuit on this one….
What have I missed? Feel free to add to this list by making a comment below!
Enjoy your flight! As they say as you are deplaning, buh-bye!