After spending 26 hours traveling to Alaska (drive to Dallas, airport waits, drive to Wasilla,) the annoying practices of fellow travelers are fresh on my mind. Where do I start? Hmmmm…
1. It’s security. How many times do they have to tell you to take your computer out? Take off your shoes, damn it. If you don’t want to remove the belt, don’t wear it on the plane. 3 oz. means 3 oz! You can’t lug that 32 oz bottle of shampoo in your carry-on bag.
2. If the bag doesn’t fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you, CHECK it! For God’s sake, luggage the size of a body bag needs it’s own seat.
3. Coach sucks, but we’re all in the cattle car together, be nice.
4. Turn OFF your freaking electronics, people. NOW!
5. Have some manners. Trim your nails BEFORE you get on the plane. The snip, snip, snip sound of the nail clippers is annoyingly awful. It’s a good thing they banned nail files, because I’d be plunging it into your throat.
6. When the fasten seat belt sign is illuminated, do NOT get up and walk about the cabin. The flight attendant screaming at you over the PA system wakes the rest of us up.
7. Keep your little dog in the kennel. Or if you do let him out, don’t let him spend the entire flight licking your arm because it soothes his nerves. Did I mention why they banned nail files?
8. If you’re chewing gum, keep it to yourself. I don’t wear ear plugs–even on noisy helicopters, but on yesterday’s flight, I did. The irony? The lady who was seated next to me announced to everyone that on her previous flight, the guy sitting next to her yammered on for 2 solid hours. She couldn’t stand it. Threw a fit about it–yammered on for about 15 minutes on the topic. Said she had to turn up her iPod in order to drown him out. So, what does she do? She chomps, smacks, pops her gum so much I actually used ear plugs–not even an iPod–ear plugs. The flight was 3 hours and 43 minutes and her jaw never stopped. I was amazed. Surprised she didn’t get a jaw cramp or something.
9. If you’re in row 24, don’t jump up and expect to get off the plane before everyone else. There are rows and rows of people ahead of you.
10. Racing to the baggage claim and standing directly in front of the chute that spits out the bags isn’t going to get your bags out first. You’re not special. We were all on the same flight and it sucked for all of us. So, be nice. Step back, let help that elderly woman with her bag. It’ll make you feel better, I promise.
I’m happy and content drinking hot chocolate by the fire, so the journey was worthwhile…
What are your travel pet peeves?