In my last post, I discussed “Traveling” vs. “To Travel” and how that having to travel can be somewhat… difficult.
In this post I want to discuss some of my pet peeves when traveling by aeroplane.
Let me be very clear here, though… It’s not the flights that are the problem. It’s not the drive to and from the airport that’s the problem. It’s not even the process of getting through TSA that’s the issue. Generally speaking, I have always had good experiences with individual TSA agents. The process of getting through TSA can definitely be a headache, but most of the time the agents are just trying to make a living like you and me. If you’re a TSA hater… lay off. They are people too and deserve to see a smile every once in a while instead of being constantly bad-mouthed. (There are definitely some bad-apples in the bunch, but that is the exception, not the norm.) I have found that usually a little bit of kindness will get even the most grouchy public servant to lighten up.
Minor Pet Peeves
A few minor pet peeves of mine include:
- Gate Changes. (As long as they are in the same concourse it is not that bad. Just a very minor inconvenience.)
- The process of boarding the aircraft. (I hate lines, and don’t care for crowds…)
- The seats on a plane. (I am not a small man, so the leg room, arm room, and lack of personal space can be… uncomfortable.)
- The process of leaving an airplane. (See number 2)
- Layovers… (If you have plenty of time to get from incoming gate to outgoing gate, all is well.)
Major Pet Peeves
- Layovers… Specifically, having to rush from Concourse A to Concourse C during a layover that was supposed to give you 45 minutes, but ended up only allowing 5. Ugh.
- Flight delays… This is only a problem if it causes issues with a layover, or if it is an extremely long delay because of weather. I know… weather is beyond anyone’s control. (Did I mention I like being in control?)
- Waiting 45 minutes for a hotel shuttle that runs every 30 minutes, only to call the hotel and find out that you are at the “wrong side” of the terminal. The shuttle you need only picks up on the Red side of the terminal and you are currently on the Blue side. Oh yeah, the shuttle should be there now and will be leaving in about 5 minutes. If you hurry you can make it… Run!
- People. Some people are OK… it’s the ones that are not OK, that I have problems with. See below for more info.
People in general are alright. (I’m a people and I assume that you probably are also.)
The people I have problems with are as follows:
- The Jibber-jabber. I enjoy a good conversation as much as the next person, but if I am listening to a Ted Radio Hour podcast, listening to The Avett Brothers, or if I’m reading a book…. I am not looking for an extended conversation. A smile, a nice “Hello, how are you today?” and some small talk before the flight begins is OK, but once the headphones go on, please let me jam in peace.
- The Announcer. You know who this is. He is not usually next to you, but sounds like he is. He has to announce to the plane everything that is going on. He says it as if he is talking to one individual, but he says it loud enough for the pilot to hear! Not just once… or even twice. He does it during the entire flight. If this is you… Please. Stop. Please…
The Snorer. I get it. I’m tired too… Do you know that you snore when you snooze? If so… please drink some coffee. Just sayin’…On second thought… never mind. I brought my head phones, so as long as the jibber jabber will leave me alone we are good. 😉
- The Pigpen. When I travel, I like to be comfortable. If you want to travel in sweats and a raggedy t-shirt that’s fine. Just please bathe before you start your journey. What’s that? You had to work out before you left and didn’t have time for a shower? If you had time to work out before you left, you had time for a shower. Nobody wants to smell you. And no… dousing yourself in cologne does not make things better!
- The Toilet talker. I am not talking about the person in the next stall that just realized there is no toilet paper. I am referring to the guy that walks in to the bathroom on the phone does his business while continuing his conversation, (“that noise, oh nothing… I’m just in the bathroom…”) and then leaves… without washing! Eww!
- The Michael Moore. Not the Michael Moore, of course. I’m talking about the guy that feels he has to video tape “everything”… Especially, the process of getting through security. This is the same guy that refuses to go through the normal screening process and insists on a pat-down. Only to have his “associate” video tape it…. You know, “just in case”. (Be forewarned, the Michael Moore is usually also an announcer.)
That pretty much sums it up… Given some more time I could probably come up with some additional pet peeves, but that would take all the fun out of leaving comments. Speaking of comments… If I missed something that you feel should definitely be on the list, feel free to leave me a note in the comments.
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Just in case you were wondering, I took the featured photo with my cell phone while I was returning from a recent trip to Denver, CO. (Denver International Airport: Concourse C)