GGtai wrote:Jet lag that hangs on for days and days. Does not matter east bound or west bound.
Zombus wrote:Lovely thread. Funny to read about the many things people don't like about flying. While I agree that the whole flying experience has become somewhat of a challenge, I'm actually quite at ease with whatever happens in the process. I'm not a regular flyer, so if anything, I'll just sit the whole thing out and be over with it. It's only a couple of hours. I'll live.
Whenever I hear people complaining about flying (or any other form of public transportation), I always think back to the couple of bus rides I had in Ethiopia back in 2008. Trust me, whatever you're going through in an airplane, it really really really doesn't even come close to Ethiopian buses. Wooden benches for seats, with seat pitch about 20" (no kidding - you must sit sideways or partially stand..). Net seat width 15" (five seats abreast, seating eight people). Sacks of rice and other luggage stacked in the aisle. Boarding time standardized at 04:00AM. Unpaved, slippery mountain roads. Covering 500km takes 20 hours spread over two days with enforced overnighting in a bedbug-ridden 'hotel' with several used condoms under the bed. Well, you get it. The kind of experience that turns everything else five-star. Small wonder that Ethiopia has such a comprehensive domestic airservice network. Those who can afford it, won't ever use buses.
I promised myself to remember this whenever transportation seemed challenging. I'm much more at ease now in almost all transport-related circumstances. Also, I understood that since 2008, the Chinese have paved most roads, dramatically reducing travel times and improving comfort and safety. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the old situation..
pwm2txlhopper wrote:could care less.
bgm wrote:pwm2txlhopper wrote:could care less.
Not an airline peeve, but you're saying the exact opposite of what you mean. It should be: "could'NT care less".
Looking at the complaints in this thread, most are derived from flying in the US. So, I will say the worst thing about flying is flying in the US. Here's why:
"Thanks for flying with us. We appreciate your business!"
jetblueguy22 wrote:Other passengers.
Always starts at check in. Cool, you're a silver medallion, you don't get to cut in front of me because of it. I'm a Gold Medallion, so even if it meant something, I'm ahead of you.
Security. I don't hate the TSA, it's whatever. I can live with it. What I do hate is passengers at security. Really, you don't know by now you have to take all the metal out of your pockets and your shoes off? Yes, your laptop has to go in a bin, they said it 5 times already and there were another 5 signs that said the same thing. You're not special, take the damn laptop out of the bag and put it in the bin. No, you can't bring your water in with you, yes it's annoying. Again, I don't care you're a silver medallion, this is the precheck line, there's probably 5 guys in front of us who paid their respective airlines more in fares last year than you made. Back of the line. Oh you're running late? I'm sorry you didn't plan ahead, I'll be sure to show up 5 minutes before game time next time so I can push to the front too.
Once you're past security. Food court. It's McDonalds, they've had the same thing since 'Nam, order your burger. Now, moving walkways, it clearly says walk and stand, move over. Gates, calling up premiums doesn't mean you have to congregate at the gate. You have an assigned seat, it will still be there if you aren't first in line. (Though I do place plenty of blame on the airlines because of the checked bag fees).
Onboard, loud people. Just please respect the people around you. We don't need to hear you jabbering on your phone about the meeting you have coming. You're important, we established that when you cut in line waiving your silver status. Bravo. Recline. Now this one is a grey area for me. I get you have every right to recline your seat all the way, but I get claustrophobic when people recline all the way. So I don't do it, but I get why people do it, just be respectful. Does your seat really need to be all the way back on a 1.5 hour flight to Detroit, probably not.
Amen to all of this, great post.
Baggage claim. Lets all crowd around so nobody can see our bags. Take a step back, don't force me to push my way past you to grab my bag and then look at me because I'm the rude one. Two way street.
And the worst, the way people treat check in/gate agents. It's not their fault something happened to your flight. 999,999 times out of 1,000,000 they had absolutely no bearing on your flight being delayed. I get travel is stressful, I really do. I spent 19 hours trying to get to Fargo yesterday, but being an ass wouldn't have made me get their any faster. That person is doing their job, they're trying to help you. Why would you be a jerk to someone trying to help you. Same goes for the TSA. Guy needs to eat, TSA pays the bills. Let him do his job, if he wasn't there, someone else would be. Leave your feelings about it at home or send them to your elected officials, dude doesn't make the rules.
I know I probably sound like I hate flying, but I love it. I just hate how self centered the general public becomes when they fly. Too many people seem to think that buying a ticket makes them special. Certain people do have that right, if you're a Diamond Medallion, you've earned the right to kind of be high brow. But you also know how it goes. It's those people who fly just enough to make status that just bug the hell out of me. Sense of entitlement is hysterical.
Yep!!!! I despise this, especially when they nearly decapitate me trying to get their heavy bag down .Everyone tries to shove their huge carryon in the overhead bins when they should have checked them
agentskelly wrote:I have seen lots of changes over the 26 plus years as a passenger and I have to say the old the that annoys me that I found out recently was that apparently, its now rude to recline your seat without asking first? It used to be the other way around; if you recline your seat, the person behind you should politely ask you don't recline that far back and explain why.
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