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Top Ten Things I Hate During a Flight

November 7, 2012

“It’s not the destination, but the journey that counts.”

That saying is absolutely wrong if you have these people with you during the flight to your destination.

Philippine Airlines

1. Toddlers running around, screaming their heads off for the entire duration of the flight while their parents sits comfortably without giving even a tiny rat’s ass to whatever their kids are doing. We get it, you think your child is the most precious of them all and that everyone will automatically like them but guess what? Not everyone loves kids. If you’re trying your best to do something to stop your child from throwing the tantrum of the year, I probably would feel pity for you but if you expect everyone to “understand” your kid and not do anything about it well then, you’re not doing a very good job at being a parent I guess. Also, if your child starts kicking my seat and you don’t try to stop him/her then I will. Oh, I will!

2. People sitting beside you who won’t stop talking. No, I don’t want to see a photo of your dog nor do I want to see your photos in the nude beach in Spain. I just want to watch my movies and fall asleep while it’s still playing.

3. People who carry too much bags inside the plane hence occupying most of the overhead storage bin. Just make sure that you don’t have any fragile things inside your bags because I’d definitely put my 7kg handcarry luggage over it.

4. Plane running out of food. During my last London to Dubai flight, I didn’t eat anything before the flight (not the airline’s fault) so I was kind of looking forward for the meal onboard (weird, I know) before I go to sleep. It was an A380 flight which means there were about 500 passengers on the economy class and unfortunately for me, they ran out of the seafood meal. The flight attendant offered me a chicken tandoori instead which I can’t possibly eat because I’ve never really liked tandooris. I was very hungry and quite pissed so I just asked for an appetizer or biscuit instead. As soon as we landed in Dubai, I went to the nearest Mc Donald’s to eat something and it was the most glorious meal I’ve ever had.

5. People coughing or sneezing without covering their mouth with a tissue. I have this obsessive compulsive thing that if I’m inside an elevator and somebody sneezed or coughed, I will hold my breath until I am out of it. I kid you not. So just imagine what an enclosed aluminum tube can do to my OC behavior if someone sneezed or coughed near me without covering their mouth?

6. Passengers on window seats who keeps getting up to go to the toilet. If you know that you’ve got a small bladder, then take a freakin’ aisle seat!

7. Getting a middle seat. That’s the worst I think specially if you’ve been sandwiched between huge people taking up both your armrests which are the only things that you have during the flight. There should be a law during the flight that the window seat passengers get the, well window view of the flight. The aisle seat passengers get to stretch their legs during the flight and the middle seat passengers, the unlucky one, MUST get the two arm rests. Agree?

8. Getting a seat beside a person with a bad body odor. I once took a flight and was seated beside a passenger who’s got the worst-smelling feet in the world. I had to ask him to put his shoes on again because I just can’t handle 8 hours of it.

9. Rude cabin crews. I don’t know what’s up with some of them but sometimes they just deliberately ignore you or forget the glass of water that you’ve asked them 5 times. Kindness doesn’t work for some of them, good thing though that I have a resting bitch face so that kind of helps a bit.

10. Last but not the least, passengers sitting in front of you and lowers their backrest up to its maximum level. A little consideration please, someone is actually sitting behind you and would probably want some space to breathe during the flight?

What about you? What’s your top ten peeves during a flight?

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  • Reply Linda Bibb February 22, 2016 at 21:17

    Tops on my list is passengers who are too lazy to take their carry-ons with them. They’d prefer to leave their bags up front, which means the passenger below has nowhere to put his own carryon. I’m like, what, you want the guy up front to store his bag above your head all the way in the back of the plane?
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 27, 2016 at 09:10

      Oh seriously? I have not encountered anyone doing as such but that’s just complete laziness and selfishness.

  • Reply Grey World Nomads February 21, 2016 at 01:21

    I thought, I like flying. Reading your list I’m probably not sure anymore. I just forget the bad very fast, I guess. Now I’m reminded, thanks for that!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 21, 2016 at 15:25

      Lol. I hate flying but that’s because I’m a bit claustrophobic so these things make it all the worst for me. 🙁

  • Reply Ruth - Tanama Tales February 20, 2016 at 21:07

    Oh gosh! I am with you in all of these. I cannot sleep on planes, so, I have to witness all the action. I will add the following: people staying on the restrooms forever, people leaving the restrooms in a nasty situation, rude people elbowing and pushing you when they past next to you and people kicking your seat from behind.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 21, 2016 at 15:29

      I also cannot sleep on planes, even if I take sleeping pills with me – I just can’t. 🙁

  • Reply Corinne February 20, 2016 at 20:20

    1. People in window seats not putting the sun shade down, and then most of them are shading their eyes while trying to watch a movie!
    2. Not getting fed! On one flight recently they pushed the cart away just as they were getting to my row (I guess to restock) when they came back they started on the row after mine! I couldn’t believe it! Of course, they were very apologetic when I finally caught one of the stewards and asked for a meal.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 21, 2016 at 15:30

      Not getting fed! That’s awful! Good that you were able to catch them though.

  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) February 20, 2016 at 19:12

    🙂 I pretty much share your opinion:) #the weekly postcard
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  • Reply Elena February 20, 2016 at 16:09

    Oh my goodness, #1. I take a lot of pride in the fact that my dog behaves better on the plane than most children (unless said children pass out the entire time!). Because of this, I often end up in the (#7) middle seat. Boo.
    I generally love flying and airports to bits because there is so much possibility in all of it – you’re going to a new place!
    My worst problem is that I often have trouble concentrating on a book (or music, or anything, really), so I spend most flights staring at the seat in front of me. Which does not make long flights go by very fast.
    Oh well. All worth it to get to amazing destinations!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 21, 2016 at 15:34

      Oh no! I generally hate flying because I’m claustrophobic but I can focus on the movies so at least there’s something I can put my mind on. I can’t imagine not being able to focus on it like you. Must be really tough!

  • Reply Vicki February 20, 2016 at 15:16

    You pretty much hit the nail on the head! Great list!
    My personal top 3 pet peeves are – 1 – children kicking the seat and/or sticking their arms/legs through the gap; 2- linked to number one – the parents that think their kids are cute and expect you to make faces/entertain them. Nope. Not my job. And three – long distance carriers that still serve food with plastic cutlery. Get with the times people – if i’m paying to sit in a tin can for 8 hours plus (sometimes without wine!) the least you can do is give me some proper cutlery!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 20, 2016 at 15:22

      Lol. I would’ve said that it’s for safety reasons for the third pet peeve but then business class people gets proper cutlery. :p

  • Reply Michael December 7, 2012 at 21:53

    Nice List!

    Many of mine are similar to yours.
    I am with you on number 10.. We haven’t even taken off and you are already going to claim that tiny bit of space right in front of my face for the duration of this long flight. I hope I don’t wake you from your deep slumber when I slam my tray table into the back of your chair a few times on the way to Casablanca!
    Number 8: Bad Body Odor. Based on our last correspondence I am surprised this is not higher on your list! LOL I had an experience where I was sitting in my seat and I became overwhelmed by a strong, foul smell. I looked up and what did I see? I saw a gentleman in thin dress socks walking in place in the middle of the aisle. Each step he took forced more stench into the cabin, Finally, the cabin crew came and told Stinky to put his shoes back on and stop the little in-flight excercise routine! I can only image what you and your sensitive nose would have done in this situation! LOL Personally, I have a big nose. My big nose in close quarters at 30,000 feet with somebody who stinks. Not Good!
    Number 6: Passengers with window seats who get up to go to the bathroom numerous times during the flight. Yes! I get aisle seats for every flight for 2 reasons. 1st: my long legs and 2nd: I don’t want to bother people if I need to use the lavatory. I’m so considerate, right? jk
    Numer 5: Passengers who sneeze and cough without covering their mouths, noses, etc. Yes. On flights, I like to wear long, button down shirts so that I can pop the collar to block the recycled air coming out of the vents from hitting me on the back of the neck for hours-on-end and to protect myself from the germs of the person behind me who sounds like they are on they should be hospitalized. It’s rude and unsanitary. Oh, and I am not a guy who normally pops his collar in public. Just so you know. haha
    Number 1: Toddlers. I have had so many kids kick me in the back of my chair..HARD! I get to the point where I look around to at least make eye contact with the parents and parents smile back! That’s when you know it’s going to be one of those flights.

    This entry is getting a bit long so here are 2 of mine that you did not have on yours.
    1: People who refuse to turn off their electronic devices after being instructed to numerous times upon take off and landing. I love my smartphone just as much as the next person but if you can’t live without is for 30 to 45 minutes than that is a YOU problem.

    2: People who right after landing stand up and move into the aisle while the plane is still taxiing to the gate. They are in such a hurry to reclaim the accumulated junk they stuffed into an overhead compartment a few rows towards the front of the plane. It will be there!

    This was fun! Hope you are doing well.. Michael (Big Nose=))

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 8, 2012 at 19:02

      Believe it or not, I hate the kids running around and screaming their head off more than the body odor. Well ok, maybe they are of the same unbearable level for me. 🙂

      I always do get the aisle seat because I don’t want to bother people while they’re sleeping but mostly because I really get claustrophobic inside planes. Weird for me because I travel a lot.

      I think I’ll do that collar thing too.

      And yes, I do hate those people who get up as soon as the plane lands to be the first to get out of the plane only to find out that they have to wait for their luggage at the carousel while I walk past them because I never travel with a check-in luggage. 😀

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