Flops When Flying

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I just got back from an amazing trip to the Dominican Republic – which explains the lull in blog posts. You can probably imagine how much flying we had to do to arrive in DR and get back home in one piece. While American Airlines got everything wrong – rescheduled flight, multiple delays, lost baggage, etc. – the weather and resort were just too beautiful to be upset about anything. And this post isn’t even about the airlines’ terrible mistakes. It’s about all of the passengers and how awkward their behavior is when flying. I’m not even sure which is more awkward – people on a plane or people on an elevator. Read on and make your own decision.


Boy, people have zero patience when it comes to flying. Zero. Doesn’t matter if it’s boarding the plane when it’s not your zone or refusing a voucher from an overbooked flight. On the way back from the Dominican – well, and every other trip I’ve ever been on – I was again amazed that people jump up immediately when the “buckle seatbelt” light turns off after landing. For some reason, they have to be THE first person to grab their carry-on and just stand there. In this case, there was a delay, so people just stood AND complained. I just wanted to say, “sit back down and pretend we’re still flying. There’s nothing you can do to make this go any faster.” I think their impatience comes from being so entitled and just spoiled. I can’t really explain it any better than this comedian, Louis CK, who can’t get over the fact that we don’t appreciate the glory of flying in the air. So funny, and so right on.

The Airplane Restroom

Wow, so awkward – especially on shorter domestic flights. On one of them – from Miami FL to Cincinnati OH just last week – we got the not-so-enviable backseat. So, I was the lucky one continually subjected to the following scenarios: 1) The aisle is very, very skinny yet people tried their best to squeeze past the person who just finished their deed. Just keep an eye on the vacant light, then make your trek to the back. 2) People who can’t figure out that the door folds in even though there’s a sign that not only states, but also depicts, how to open and close it. Guess who gets to help them every time? Yep, the lucky person with the back seat. 3) People who spend unreasonably long amounts of time in the bathroom. Either the mile high or pile high (going #2) clubs – just not OK.

Claiming Baggage

This is probably the least exciting part of flying. I always get this nervous feeling that people are out to steal my baggage – even though, up until this Dominican trip – I have never had my luggage lost. There are so many different characters represented near the baggage carousel, right? I saw one guy literally run, almost knock over two small children and nearly throw out his back just to grab his bag – as if it’s wasn’t going to come back around again. I also don’t like the people who just stand around with their luggage when they’ve already gotten all of it – especially painful as I watch an empty carousel and then proceed to baggage claim.


Please, please tell me a story. There have to be countless pet peeves out there. Let’s hear ’em.

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