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Your 5 Pet Hates Of That Passenger Next To You?  
User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1400 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4795 times:

This was sort of discussed before, but I feel my post is slightly different, as well as the other post being last posted in back in February last year.

What are your top 5 pet hates that the passenger sitting next to you is doing?

Think, your sitting next to this person for the next 7 hours, and by the first 20 minutes, they are already driving you insane.

What are the top 5 things that they are doing to drive you round the bend?

Here's mine...

1. Loud Music
in fact, its SO loud, their headphones have become speakers and they are entertaining the whole plane. Even worse, its the sort of music that you cannot stand

2. Singing
Auditions for pop idol are now taking place onboard your flight! Lucky for you, as you get a front seat view of the lucky contender. Listen in as they sing along to hits like 'Im like a bird' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

3. Uncontrollable Laughter
Watch in horror as the person next to you dies! Dies from what? Laughter!
Yes, the loud persistent annoying laughter. The kind that makes people look around to see what's going on, the type that even noise canceling headphones cant rid you of. The passenger then makes the laughter worse by clapping!

4. That messy eater
On the airlines which still serve you a hot meal, what could be more fun that seeing the passenger next to you drop food down their t-shirt? How about, sitting next to the passenger who is making even more mess by getting food on you! Good bye to your lovely white t-shirt, its now home to the passenger in 6B's gravy stains.

5. Uncontrollable Gas
This possibly the worst case scenario. The person next to you beings to pass gas uncontrollably. Perhaps its their new 'high fiber' diet, or that can of beans they ate for breakfast; whatever it is, they are kicking up a stink. Hold your breath, its going to be a long flight!

I look forward to hearing your 5 pet hates!

The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
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User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4788 times:

1 Too fat for the chair ( you got no arm space)

2 Coughing and spluttering

3 Throwing up

4 Smelly  yuck 

5 Squirming kids

There you go !!

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

1. Non-stop coughing

... and that's the only bad passenger next to me experience I've ever had.


I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineChristian From Sweden, joined Oct 1999, 348 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 2):

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 2):
1. Non-stop coughing

I've actually been this passenger once... A night flight between PMI and ARN. I was coughing the whole trip. I felt sooo embarrassed when I disembarked the aircraft, and I heard some people around me that was quiet annoyed with me.. The reason: Very dry air in this DK A-320.


If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough
User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

1. people who make strong smells (flatulence BO etc.)
2. people who make lots of loud noise
3. space invaders
4. the grooming challenged (dandruff, crusties, nosepickers) or those who feel it is appropriate to groom onboard especially fingernail clippers.
5. sick people

User currently offlineDL4EVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4729 times:

(Not in any order)
1. People who need those seatbelt extenders
2. Sick people
3. People with pets (I have really bad allergies)
4. People who don't know the definition of "shower"
5. Families with children during the holidays! (This one is the worst!!!)

We Love To Fly And It Shows.
User currently offlineB6sea From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Quoting DL4EVR (Reply 5):

1. People who need those seatbelt extenders
2. Sick people
3. People with pets (I have really bad allergies)
4. People who don't know the definition of "shower"
5. Families with children during the holidays! (This one is the worst!!!)

People who fly SW........ SORRY I couldnt resist.

But my list *no order*
-little kids kicking the sear (or having a pillow flight [happened on my flight from SUN over Christmas break])
-people with birds on night flights (every bump from SEA-PHL the bird would sqwak-wished someone with a cat would set it loose)
-Smelly people
-people who tell bad jokes (to anyone who just randomly tell jokes to the person next to you -DONT! unless you're the guy on that episode of Airline on A&E who actually was a comedian-then it's funny)
-sick people (although I do understand that sometimes you get sick right before your flight and then you feel bad, but there are people who arent remorseful and they suck.)


User currently offlineSfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

Next to me that's annoying, is the person on the red-eye that brought a book and reads alllll nite. Not necessarily next to me, but I was on a red-eye once and some guy about 2 rows behind me was talking for about 2 hrs. This was one of those people that just has a loud voice. Could barely hear the other person.

Not as easy as originally perceived
User currently offlineMalb777 From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4680 times:


Fart a lot

Fat and want half of my seat and all the armrest

tell you what happens in the movie, hey piss off and watch your own screen

dont get up for bathroom with the passenger in the window seat, then you have to get up ten minutes later because ' they really need to go "

Click fingers at FA'S

Decide to re pack the entire contents of cabin baggage so they can put in the bargain bottle of perfume they just purchased from the inflight troley

The list is endless

thank god i was not born a bird. this type of flying is much better
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

1. Smell either BO or horrid breath.

2. Snorning.

3. Close all window shades.

4. They require seatbelt extender.

5. Beautiful woman with lots of cheap fragrance.

Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Quoting ABfemme (Reply 1):
1 Too fat for the chair ( you got no arm space)
2 Coughing and spluttering
3 Throwing up
4 Smelly
5 Squirming kids

Ohhhh yes  Wink Grrrrr  silly 

Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2885 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4639 times:

1. People in the window seat who closes the shade.

2. People who don't know the definition of bathing.

3. Those who won't shut up. (There's a difference between conversation and yack, yack, yack.)

4. Screaming babies.

5. Obnoxious drunks.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4604 times:

Trying to get over them when trying to go pee. Does that count?

User currently offlineGSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

1. The fact that they probably paid less for the flight than I did
2. PAX who use all the overhead locker for a stupid posession (like 6 empty 2 litre water bottles)
3. PAX who keep jabbing you with thier elbows
4. PAX who keep saying "Airline X was much better that this airline"
5. PAX in window seats that need the loo every 5 minutes

User currently offlineTimePilot From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4560 times:

People next to me that ...

1. Get up constantly to go to the bathroom
2. Hog the arm rest
3. Ask me person questions
4. Fall asleep on me (or snore .. I HATE snorers)
5. Are tall and who's knees bump into mine

To be honest, I've had good luck with seat-mates for as long as I can remember. It's been a looooooong time since I've been peeved at the person next to me.

User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

My one true bad experience, going over to MAN over night flight. The wife was working the flight had a layover of 4 days, so I went on days off. The guy to my left (4 middle seats on a Tristar in cabin C) came on board liquored up and passed out immediately. The guy to my right, seemed nice and had his nose buried in yellow pages sized legal text book. An hour into flight the meals were dished out. The liquor fiend woke up and wolfed it down with a bottle or two of wine. Followed by more liquor. He had a system that seemed to work. Ask four different F/A's, and you get two drinks from each= 8 drinks in 2 hr span. He started to get belligerent, mouthy and the legal guy to my right told him to shut his pie-hole. The racist remarks came out, from the wasp soccer hooligan to the left aimed at the east indian law student to the right. A few complaints from surrounding pax to the AFD brought her over and told the hooligan he was cut off and to calm down, "You are bothering people around you!" He of course: "Who am I bothering?" The AFD asks me, an employee and husband of crew member "Is this guy bothering you?" To which I said "Yes!" He called me a wanker and said it was all my fault. He got shuffled off to another seat up front, it would have come to blows between the hooligan and the law student, who from my estimation could easily handle himself. My wife swung by a few times to see if I wanted to move, I told her that I was actually serving as Switzerland, keeping them apart.

So, the short answer is, I hate liquored up soccer hooligan passengers that call me wanker.

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4519 times:

For me it has to be:
  • the person who stays sitting next to you even though the aisle seat is empty

  • the person who puts his/her possessions all over the middle seat and under it and then use the middle tray table for all their stuff.

  • the person who has the window seat and closes the blind

  • the person who creates a real mess eating

  • the person who snores loudly
Everything else I can pretty much tolerate.

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

Quoting Babybus (Reply 16):

I agree with all those!!


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4483 times:

a bunch of them, but the top 4:

1. Overly Smoky Smell or too much Fragrance
2. Jittery, i.e. Hitting me with their knees
3. Overly Talkative---Annoying is not the same as friendly
4. People who are too big for their seat

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4433 times:

Simple quick answer: KIDS.

There's a long thread 6-8 months ago with a more complete list ut this will do . .. my answers 1 through 5 . . . .KIDS! Don't want 'em, don't need 'em.

User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4422 times:

ReidYYZ, you story had me laughing.

ANCFlyer, having little screaming rugrats sat next to me would be my worst nightmare.

South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineSkyhigh From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 236 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

I have many which have already been named, except for..

People drinking and chatting loudly at "the bar", on VS during night flights!

"The Bar" is only 1 meter from the first bed that someone paid thousands of dollars for the privilege of having. What an absurd idea!  Confused

Fine on dayflights but not on night!

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

I kinda put up with all the human failings but the one thing I don't like is people who appear to be suffering from Ebola Virus or the Plague, they scare me as you can't get away from the germs on an a/c, no matter where you sit.

User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

On a half empty WN STL-ORD flight, I had a guy sit in the aisle seat - middle empty. He stunk to high hell - like he didn't know the meaning of the words soap, water, bath, shower, or bidet. He didn't just stink - he stink, stank, stunk...he reeked! It was a hard oppressive stink that penetrated the nostrils. Solution: Since he insisted on sitting that close on a flight with several open rows of seats, I simply got up and moved to another seat. Also had a middle-aged man on a US Airways Express flight sit next to me wearing a business suit that he apparently had been wearing for quite some time. It also appeared that he suffered from bathing deprivation as all manner of foul odors emanated from his body. Now imagine that from STL to CLT with all seats taken!

The person who just won't move even though there are plenty of open seats regardless of the body odor. Be gone with ye.         

Kids (except my friend's kid, TJ who falls asleep from the time he hits the seat until the time the plane lands). Even when I was a kid I couldn't stand loud whiny squirming kids on planes   

Oh here's one: People who have a fear of flying! There was a couple on a flight from BWI to ORD one time and the girl was sitting next to me. She started getting nervous as we passed through the clouds. But when we hit turbulence...oh...she just went    crying and sweating and freaking out! And as much as her man tried to comfort her she just kept on. The turbulence wasn't even that bad!      . I'm thinkin', "Can't she just   "

And even though I KNOW it's not right, the ones for whom the seat is too small really get to me! I like me personal space and THAT'S DEFINITELY an invasion  crowded 

[Edited 2006-02-02 16:56:11]

User currently offlineLondonlady71 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

I would just like to let you know that on flights where we have lots of people who do have strong body odour I always try to seat them up the back next to each other and I know many of my work pals do the same!

I always think why should the nice smelling business man sit next to someone who hasnt bathed or used soap or deodrant since he got his ticket 4 mths ago!

25 ACdreamliner : 1) drunk 2) loud 3) smelly 4) thinking they more about planes than they really do 5) tall people... because i need their leg room too!
26 Sspontak : 1) Sighing noises of the person stuck in the middle seat against their will. 2) Their body parts sliding into me in those especially narrow 737 and 75
27 RichM : 1. People who invade part of my seat. 2. People who recline their seats. 3. Young kids. 4. People who close their shades. 5. People who kick the back
28 57AZ : 1. They're there. 2. They're there. 3. They're there. 4. They're there. 5. They're there. Unless the person is a celebrity, government official or fri
29 Kmh1956 : I'm a pretty tolerant person, so 5 may be a problem but: Garlic or booze breath...get a toothbrush, pal! Hogging all the armrests... Overpowering perf
30 Ilikeyyc : All of the things listed in this thread annoy me, but the people in a window seat (when I have asile) who close the shade before take-off and go to s
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