The holiday travel crush is almost upon us. That means crowded airports and all the stress that comes with flying. You can give a special gift to a stranger by not doing any of the things on this list while flying.
Polling at least a crowded plane toilet's worth of travel writers and other too-frequent fliers, we've conducted an unofficial survey of the most rude and irritating things you ... sorry, other people, do on planes. Take a look at the top 20 answers.
20. Abusing someone else's possessions in overhead bin
Your belongings are neatly tucked away in the overhead bin when Senor Latealot comes lumbering down the aisle and proceeds to cram half his life possessions into the compartment meant for one personal item, crushing your nice new fedora in the process.
19. Taking ages to choose a movie
Do you want to see kids fight to the death or a man in a cape smash up New York? It really shouldn't be that hard.
18. Compulsive leg-shaking
On the ground or at 30,000 feet, this habit is always trying and usually results in some repetitive squeaking or brushing sound. Leg, still thy self.
17. Boarding before group number is called
Having to wait until the end of the boarding alphabet can fire up anyone's anxiety thrusters. You can only watch as the overhead bins get stuffed before your carry on has a chance. But everyone needs to get on the flight eventually. Just because you drew the short straw this time doesn't mean you get to weasel your way to the front.
16. Babies crying
Being stuck in a giant tin can with a baby that sounds like a screeching broken record definitely isn't on the top of anyone's bucket list. Yes, we know they can't help it, but that doesn't make it any more tolerable.
15. Getting huffy when a neighbor leaves their seat
A small bladder shouldn't stop you from enjoying the window seat, but you have to admit it can be annoying when someone constantly has to squeeze by you. When it comes to airplane toilet breaks, nobody wins.
14. The plane has barely touched the ground when a person whips out their phone and desperately attempts to contact someone. Don't worry about the shouting or number of times you need to repeat the same phrase, I'm sure the reception will improve any second now.
13. Scarfing smelly food
We all know airplane food leaves a lot to be desired and is sometimes not even provided, but did you really need to bring a hot tuna and egg sandwich?
12. Loud talking
You're all right next to each other. There is no reason to shout. We're trying to read over here.
11. Establishing armrest hegemony
A shared armrest never ceases to end in a body elbow war to claim the territory in a matter of minutes.
10. Poaching the empty middle seat
Just when you think the middle seat is empty, the selfish boor next to you expands into it with a coat, book, or inflatable neck support. When space is at a premium, share it, don't hog it.
9. Coughing, sneezing, germ sharing
There is no way boundaries are more violently shattered than when someone near you has become an incubus of some viral agent and insists on sharing spit globules with everyone. Just think, you get to share a bathroom for hours.
8. Playing games without turning the sound off
There's nothing like the sound of beeping, clanking, and screeching from somewhere around you to make a flight pleasurable. Just kidding, it's irritating.
7. Rolling huge cases up aisle
There's always at least one culprit with a beast of a bag to trying to prove that it's not too big to be a carry-on.
6. People behind you trying to disembark first
These are not primitive times - the queue has been invented. Why does flying make so many people regress to a time before such things? Patience really should be a virtue.
5. Neglecting personal hygiene
A smelly seat neighbor can be a seemly inescapable way to make your olfactory nerve cry. Air crew carry deodorant on board for this very reason, though they shouldn't have to.
4. Bare feet
"Feet nudism" was a common complaint in our unofficial survey. Honorable mentions are people going barefoot to the bathroom on a plane and aisle-sitters parking feet, legs, and other body parts in the aisle.
3. Hogging the toilet
Nothing can rustle your jimmies quite like having to hover around the bathroom door waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Inconsiderate to finish up whatever it is they're doing in there.
2. Reclining the seat
Reclining the seat may seem like a great way to get more comfortable and relax, but it is far from enjoyable to the person behind being pinioned by their tray table. A redesign is definitely in order for these babies!
1. Seat kicking/bumping/shoving Plane seats are incredibly light and transmit the slightest touch. Every time you fidget with the tray table or seat pocket, the feeling is amplified to the poor schlub in from of you and it feels like you're in a kickboxing match with their seat. Are we there yet?
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