Air travel is stressful. Sure, it can be exciting sometimes too, but there’s a whole lot that can make your day more negative than positive. After all, when you’re at an airport, you’ve got to deal with long queues, flight delays, busy waiting areas, lost luggage. Oh, and other people.
And that was BEFORE all the #coronacrapola started.
Actually, other people’s behaviors seem to be a pet peeve for a lot of air travelers, to the point where YouGov (a global public opinion and data company) did a survey, pre-COVID times, to see what people thought were the most annoying passenger habits in airports. Here are the results:
10. People who accidentally pick up others’ luggage
OK yeah, lots of black bags look alike. That’s why you should get a really cool luggage tag that really pops. Maybe get 2 and put them on different parts of your suitcase.
9. Those who queue at the gate before it’s open
a.k.a. “gate lice.” This one drives me up a wall, for sure. Southwest wins an award in my book for figuring out a way for it not to happen. United seemed to have a good idea to avoid it, too, but then they stopped using it.
8. Travelers who set off the metal detectors at security
The consensus seemed to be against those who set it off because of something they were told to do, but didn’t, like remove their belt because of the huge metal buckle.
7. People who don’t stack their trays after going through security
They’re probably the same people who finish at the supermarket or big box hardware and leave their cart right next to where they were parked, even though the cart corral is only, like, 20 feet away.
6. The ones who run through the airport and knock into other people
You get brownie points (and probably reading classes and an AARP membership) if you remember this series of commercials 😉
5. Travelers who overpack and then repack the SECOND their stuff is off the X-ray conveyor belt – and therefore hold up the queue
Plan, people. PLAN!!! And hello, there are benches 10 or 20 feet ahead of you, and lots of open space, too. Re-pack THERE!
4. People who don’t understand or follow security rules
All it takes is a quick Google to find this – it tells you everything you need to know.
3. The ones who don’t have their ID ready
Because it’s a surprise that you’re going to have to show your ID at the airport?
2. Travelers who put their bags on seats in the airport
Oh yessss! That’s a big one. It even made the first entry in this list of ways not to be THAT guy/gal
And the #1 pet peeve of airport passengers?
1. Queue jumpers
I don’t think they mean the ones who have been in line and have to pee; almost anyone should be able to deal with that. I mean the ones who either (A) sneak into the queue to see how far ahead they can get or (B) their friends/family have been in the queue while they walked slow, got something to eat, or whatever, and they joined up with their people. No, if you all must stay together, then THEY should move to the back, where YOU are, not vice versa.
So what’s YOUR biggest pet peeve when it comes to people at the airport?
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