Who are the worst airline passengers?
Poor hygeine, coughing/sneezing, loud talking and seat-kicking all get a mention. So do people with too much carry-on baggage.
My personal dislike is too much noise (children are usually the main offenders) and people in front of me who insist on leaning their seat too far back - especially when I am eating. Thankfully, flight attendants tend to stop this latter behaviour.
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I try and get an aisle seat on longer flights, and a couple of times I've had to juggle a tray while getting up to let someone out.... and again when they return. On top of that there's no point trying to start your meal until they finally get back. Reply to this
I would be one of the bad passangers today then. I have the flu and am coughing and wheezing since yesterday.
I think I would have the problem with a stinky passanger. To be stuck beside a stinkpot for 10 would be so unpleasant.
.....or is there another peeve not mentioned that you would like to share with us all?
People who complain about noisy kids. But, I suppose I cant expect singles to understand what it is like for parents when the kids are taking up one ear with their complaints and demands, while the general public are taking the other with theirs.
I think my daughter is in fact all the bad passanger things rolled into one little bundle, making her the worst passanger ever to be stuck beside on a 10 hour flight. Amazing what love can make me put up with. Though, I seriously wonder sometimes why I dont just leave her at home so I can relax while travelling.
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Snoring, farting, stinky, halitosis ridden seat mates - had them all - I get a window seat whenever possible - and if my neighbour isn't someone super interesting - I put in earplugs, eye-mask, pull up a hoodie - and pop myself a drowse inducing travel sickness tablet and sleep as much of the flight as possible. It's the seat kickers that are the only ones I can't ignore... which brings us back to children ;)
Mell - I have every sympathy for parents - it must be tough trying to keep everyone happy in situations like that. It sounds like you're one of the parents that at least tries.... the ones that don't are the ones that annoy me. Reply to this
There was a guy on one flight from London to Brazil who was getting very aggressive with the people around and startng arguments with them about all kinds. He was over the top nice to me and attending to all my needs and wishes by doing things like standing up and loudly demanding the hostess come this minute and get me this and that. I would have been tempted to slip some Diphenhydramine in his drinks if I had any and if there werent laws both legal and for general decency against doing things like that.
And there was the time there were 3 drunken guys sitting in the row behind me on a flight from Germany to Ireland who kept tapping me on the shoulder and asking me sleezy questions and handing me penis shaped objects and asking what I think about all kinds of sleezy things. Another case where drugging somebody would have been a serious temptation if I had Diphenhydramine or anything at all that would do the job.
Both times, I asked the hostesses if there were any other empty seats I could sit in. There were none, so lucky I asked decretely, or I would likely have had to suffer for the rest of the flight times for my lack of diplomacy. Reply to this
Most of the flights I take are to Kyiv, where there is a bus that takes passengers from the runway to the terminal - so whether you're the first to get on it or the last it makes no difference to the time you arrive at passport control. And once you're at passport control queues move at different speeds, so you could be the first off the plane but one of the last out of the airport, or vice versa.
Then you need to wait for a taxi, or the people who pick you up could be late, or you could get stuck in traffic on the way to your destination.... I try to find some relaxing music on my MP3-player and stay patient.
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We all know each others on this thread, and I think I can fairly say I'm the one spending the most time on planes...I actually write this from an airport...
Honestly, it's not that bad. It's like everything in life...if a passager put his seat back the way it shouldn't, act! If kids are getting too...troubles...for more than 30 minutes...act...basically, by being nice...but firm, you can solve a lot of issues...and flight attendants don't mind a little help, as long as it is done with a smile.
There is one thing we cannot do anything to cut...if you neighbour hasn't take a shower for days (or worst, bath in cologne!)...I'm lucky, I leave in South East Asie, and most people here...do take regular showers...but from time to time, a young backpacker need to be remembered....that a shower...is not only beneficial for him, it is also beneficial...for everybody on the flight!
Few flights this week already...2 more this week-end...we will survive! Today was a great day....my profile name may change very soon...but not yet....let say I may soon have four people on my front pic!
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I was just wondering if Dr. Ali could recommend any medication for 'Snoring, farting, stinky, halitosis ridden seat mates'
The thing that annoys me most is spitting in the aisle of buses (China) and smoking on 'non-smoking' buses (various).
Or perhaps if we were to medicate ourselves (10mg Zolam should do the trick) none of this would even matter....
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I could not believe it, but 15 minutes later I heard his annoying Lady Ga Ga ringtone again and he was chatting once more to somebody else. We had just landed and once again the flight attendant had to struggle up the aisle gripping the seatbacks in the decelarating plane to come over to tell him to switch it off.
We were still in the process of approaching the parking stand at the terminal building, I could not believe it, but he was on it for a third time, this time he was in the middle of booking a taxi into the city from the airport! By now I was getting exceedingly p***ed off and shot him my best "I'm a secret axe murderer stare!". I'm amazed at the leniency shown to him, a lot of airlines around the world have a zero tolerance for this blatant disregard for a direct request from the crew! He is lucky not to be taken into custody! Me, I would have thrown the mobile out the door with him following alongside.....5 miles from Heathrow! ......There endeth Mikey's rant for today! Reply to this
I get a window seat whenever possible - ...... eye-mask, ............ and pop myself a drowse inducing travel sickness tablet and sleep as much of the flight as possible.
Geez Ali, do you have to hog the window seat, when you are not going to appreciate the view? Reply to this
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