Travel Rant: Plane Annoyances

Daisy Kidz Kit - Shrink

Flying has really started to annoy me.  And that’s not just because I’m flying with young kids as quite frankly, they are pretty well-behaved and usually not the root of all noise and anxiety on my recent flights.  I used to find flying very relaxing – a chance to switch off from life, settle back into a chair with a book or even stare out the window at the clouds.  Now I’ve added tutting, stomping my foot, poking and eye rolling to my list of things to do on a flight. Here’s why:

  • People who block the aisle by spending ages deciding what they’re going to keep with them and store in the overhead locker.  A tip for these people – if you are going to do this, please don’t block the aisle but kindly move inwards to your seat.  If I can get my kids and I settled in half the time it takes for you to unload your kindle then you need to work on your organization skills.
  • What’s with this new generation of folks who think it’s perfectly acceptable to watch their tablets/iphones without headphones.  I get it with kids.. just (although do yourself a favour and buy your kids some headphones).  With adults this is unacceptable.  Earphones are cheap, plentiful and they even dole them out for free on some flights. 

Cathay often give out kids headphones - keep them & reuse

  • Those who bring hot, smelly food on the plane.  Again, of course you should bring food and drink but any chance you can be a bit mindful of the passengers seated next to you?  To the man who sat next to me licking and sucking a bag of chicken feet for about an hour, please don’t put someone else through that!  Eat it at the departure gate instead.
  • The rule flouters! Remember we are all in this together.  When asked, please turn off your electronic devices (if only to spare us all from the flipping noise), don’t get up till the Captain says it’s ok and stop bringing oversized hand luggage onboard.

Now I’ve got that off my chest, we can get back to remembering the magic of flying and how thankful we should be to those Wright Brothers….

Flying To Koh Samui - shrink


  1. Wendy at Tots

    Oh I’m so with you on the aisle hoggers!

  2. Amber

    Yes to all of these! There are so many rude people out there.

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