There are a number of things which can annoy you when travelling by air and because of the confined space; other peoples annoying habits can irritate you more than usual, leaving you at the end of your tether by the end of the flight. Whether it’s on long haul flights or short haul, regular habits and requests of passengers seem to get under peoples skin more than others.
Annoying passenger habits:
You may not know the person next to you, but it doesn’t stop them from insentiently talking to you and telling you their life story and their friend’s life story. Sometimes it’s easy to put your headphones at the first opportunity. However don’t fall foul of the second annoying habit.
I’m sure some people might be hard of hearing; however there is no excuse to have your headphones set so loud that the passengers three rows behind can hear what you’re listening to. Planes don’t tend to be the noisiest of transport in the cabin, so unless it’s really rowdy on-board keep volume down to acceptable levels for everyone’s comfort.
Many passengers especially those without children can get extremely irritated by other people’s kids. Whether it’s a child repetitively kicking the back of your chair or a constant crying baby, many passengers do understand that sometimes kids will cry, however get annoyed when parents don’t do anything to appease their upset child. Same goes for not controlling unruly children, parents need to have some consideration for other passengers.
Unfortunately some passengers are bigger than the standard seat size, which means an invasion of space, on what generally is already quite restricted. This can be quite uncomfortable. Some airlines have suggested larger or obese passengers pay extra for their extra weight, but buying two seats would make for a more comfortable solution, other than losing weight before air travel.
Drunken passengers are one of the main reasons for flights being diverted or delayed and as a consequence are one of the most annoying passengers people find, that they generally can’t put up with. There is nothing worse than being force to sit next to someone who is drunk and rowdy, causing problems. Some flight crews will still stop serving alcohol to drunken passengers which is okay, if said drunken passenger hasn’t picked up some duty free booze prior.
Overnight flights aren’t the easiest to catch a few winks, uncomfortable chairs, lack of room and of course if you’re sat next to a snorer. This might be another head phone moment or ear plugs and if that doesn’t work try and wake them up yourself!
Bladder Control Issues
If your sat in the aisle seat, you understand that you will have to stand up to let those sat beside you go to the toilet, however if they are constantly getting up to go to the toilet then this can be quite annoying. Made even more so when they won’t swop seats for both your convenience because they like sitting by the window.
Sick passengers on the plane is never good, either you end up with their germs from the close environment or for those who actually throw up, the smell of sick never quite leaves. Also sometimes those paper bags just aren’t sufficient and it can get quite messy and smelly.
Some passengers obviously have no boundaries and think nothing less than dropping off to sleep your shoulder despite not knowing you. Many people are also annoyed by those passengers who don’t like sharing arm rests to those who feel that their legs can also stretch across your area.
Tipping Seat Back
For long haul flights it can be understandable that you wish to tip your seat back to get some shut eye or on night flights, after all most passengers will be so it equals its self out. However there are some passengers who will tip their seat back as far as it will go as soon as the seat belt sign goes off. They then refuse to move forward when food is being served. Consideration please unless you want me kicking your seat like a child the whole time.