For a minute, I seriously thought about titling this ‘what not to do on an airplane’. Then, I realized that my readers aren’t shit people and would totally never do any of these things. So, without further ado, and no explanation needed really, here are 8 things people do on airplanes that suck.
I also asked my Instagram followers to name the worst habits of their fellow flyers. Some of these are reflected here. One thing’s for sure: we’ve all been there…
1. Having bare feet. Anywhere.
No. No no no no. Bare feet can smell, be gross to look at, and be totally unsanitary. If you’ve ever had someone put their bare foot on your armrest, then you know what I’m talking about. People should not have to subjected to 4-month-old pedicures. To be honest, I’d be down for banning the enabling flip-flops altogether.
2. Blinding everyone with their bright AF screen.
iPads, iPhones, laptops, and the in-flight entertainment screen are the culprits for many headaches and sleepless flights. There’s always the few passengers who are totally unaware of the brightness adjustment when it’s midnight in mid-air. For the love of god, turn down your brightness!
“The worst thing ever is disturbing other passengers on long overnight flights! There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep on a 12-hour flight.” – @juliaschrdr
3. Complaining about a screaming kid.
There’s nothing I love more than engaging in an unwanted conversation with the person sitting next to me about the screaming child five rows down. Do people really think that the parent has it any better? Somewhere (five rows down to be exact) there is a parent who is more miserable than you. Also, FYI, babies cry. It sucks, but this is why people pack headphones.
4. Eating a meal that would smell delicious anywhere else but on an airplane.
I get it. Food is life. I love a good hard-boiled egg or warm Shake Shack burger just as much as the next person. However, considering you’re about to enter a 5,000 square feet 747 with recycled air, hot and rather potent food might not be the best option. This is a total violation of air travel courtesy.
“Eating gross/smelly food!” –@sadie.chafe
5. Swapping seats before asking.
We’ve all gotten to our seat at least once to discover someone already sitting in it. “Oh I switched with my boyfriend’s cousin’s baby, that okay?” Well, person, you’re still in my seat. JK, I would totally switch with someone who asked! But it’s super annoying when people don’t wait to ask and just take others’ seats. It can cause backups in the aisle and overall total confusion.
6. The kicker. The tapper. And the grabber.
Believe me, you know this person. They kick the back of your seat, tap the floor with their foot or some other annoying object like a pencil, and grab the back of your seat every time they sit up. In general, these people are totally unaware of their limbs. I know, it seems crazy. But there is a special place for these people, and it’s on one airplane with they can kick, tap, and grab in harmony.
“On a flight to Berlin, a guy behind me kept kicking my seat toward the end of the plane ride.” –@eunicecancino
7. Cutting people to get off the plane.
This one has been heavily debated in the travel community, but I can’t stand it. I hate it when the plane rolls into the gate and people immediately jump up and just fly down the aisle. Literally, I’ve seen people in row 29 make it as far as row 15. Okay, that was actually kind of impressive. If you need to make it to a connecting flight, then that’s totally acceptable. But cutting other rows is crappy when other people need to get off faster.
8. Hitting on your neighbor.
Oh this is such a classic sucky move. Unless that person is freaking Tom Hardy, then I do not want to say more than “Hi There. I’m traveling to X. Have a nice flight. And just tap on me if you need to use the restroom.” let alone be hit on by you! I think I speak for all ladies here when I say, don’t make things awkward, and don’t hit on us. Tom Hardy hit me up though!
“I once got hit on by the guy next to me on an international flight and then had to spend the remaining 7 hours awkwardly avoiding him.” –@itsliemesh
What are some of the worst habits you’ve experienced from other flyers? And, if you have any tips on ways to cope, please share them around with everyone!