I travel a fair amount for work each year. I’m regularly hopping on a plane from Newark, NJ to places like Scottsdale, Arizona. Seattle, Washington. Orlando, Florida. Chicago, Illinois. Even out of the country to areas like Toronto or England.
I enjoy flying. I’ve never been afraid of it and I actually enjoy the time it gives me to catch up on reading or even writing. For example, I’m currently writing this very blog post some 39,000 feet in the air on a flight home from Santa Barbara, California. (Props to United Airlines for having WiFi that works!)
No, I don’t hate flying at all. What I do hate, however, are passengers.
People in general can be pretty awful all around (not my readers, of course!), but for some reason, humans turn into extra-annoying creatures when they’re placed in a flying metal sardine can.
“What’s so bad about people who fly?” you say. I’m glad you asked because I made a list!
5 Things I Hate About Flying
I Hate Flying With People Who… Can’t Wait to Board
Boarding may start at 3:15pm, so why do tons of people crowd in “line” (I used that word loosely, as they just sort of create a large mosh pit at the gate) at 3pm or earlier? You have your assigned seats, people. There’s no need to rush to your tiny cramped seat that’s already waiting for you.
I Hate Flying With People Who… Totally Know Their Bag Won’t Fit in the Overhead
Seriously, what goes through people’s heads? There’s a little metal basket at the gate to check the size of your baggage before entering the plane. Are people thinking, “My clearly oversized and overstuffed carry-on surely will fit in the overhead compartments.” No, airplanes are not like a TARDIS from Doctor Who. They aren’t bigger on the inside. By bringing your way-too-big bad onboard, you create the next pet peeve of mine on this list…
I Hate Flying With People Who… Block the Aisles When Boarding!
What I do hate about flying actually is the waiting. The time you wait boarding the plane, as well as leaving the plane. The biggest delay? Yeah, all those people with carry-on bags trying to find room for their bag. You know, the kind who block the entire aisle as they stand there and try to smoosh everyone else’s bags so they can squeeze in their obviously too-big one. Maybe if airlines stopped charging $25 to check a bag, we’d have less people carrying on, and could cut boarding times in half.
I Hate Flying With People Who… Have Small Bladders and Window Seats
On long flights it’s understandable when someone needs to get up and use the bathroom. We all do it. But if you have the window seat and get up once or twice every hour, that’s a bit of a nightmare. If your bladder’s the size of a walnut, please do everyone a favor and make sure you have an aisle seat.
I Hate Flying With People Who… Recline Their Seat When I’m Trying to Work
In the middle of me actually typing this post, the woman in front of me reclined her seat. I know you want to relax, but I’m working here, lady! Now I’m typing this with my laptop on my lap, the lid half closed and me bent at a really peculiar angle to see the screen. Apologiez for all tzhe typose.
Of course, these 5 things are just the tip of the flying iceberg. It’s note even counting the heavy drinkers, loud talkers and armrest hoggers. There are just so many little annoyances on an airplane that get exacerbated exponentially the longer your flight time. I wonder how those Star Trek teleporters are coming along these days…
What do you hate about flying?