Taking a plane to travel is a convenient mode of transport that allows you to visit places that are far away. Though it’s convenient, it doesn’t mean that the entire ride is guaranteed to be comfortable and pleasant. Unfortunately, there are several bothersome things that can occur. Here are five of the most annoying of them all.
1. Unavoidable noise
Like crying babies. Babies are a joy. They are cute, lovable, and ultimately a blessing. However, in a tiny plane where you have little room for yourself and trying to find a position to sleep is harder than getting a US visa, any kind of noise is unwelcome. Instead of sweating the small stuff, you need to understand that infants (and their guardians!) can get doubly stressed out because of a number of reasons like air pressure hurting their ears, uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, etc. If you have a long haul flight coming up, pack some industrial-grade ear plugs or noise-cancelling earphones because there is a 90% chance there will be a crying baby on board. And if you’re lucky, there will be more than one.
2. Overusing the bathroom
With nearly dozens and dozens of passengers on board and a limited number of bathroom stalls available, you’d think people would be more considerate. But no, they aren’t. Some people just hog the bathroom and take the time to do who knows what, while you wait in your seat trying to keep it in, making sure you rush ahead as soon as the door flashes vacant. Maybe pack a bottle with you or a funnel for your trouble because that bathroom isn’t going to be vacant anytime soon.
3. Gossipmongers and loudmouth seatmates
There is nothing more annoying than two people noisily gossiping beside you—or worse, you’re between them. Or that pompous seatmate who’s gabbing on his phone non-stop on that Internet call with no remorse about having a voice louder than the aircraft engine. If you find yourself doing any of these things on a regular basis, do your fellow passengers a favor and shut it. Nobody wants to hear you gossip about something like a high-schooler, or have business calls that make us wish you get sacked for that big mouth of yours. Why not use one of those messaging apps on your phone? Those have emoticons and emojis to replace your excited squeals. But most of all, they're noiseless.
4. Invasion of privacy
It’s very frustrating how some passengers have very little respect for personal space. Like those people peering at what you might be doing on your phone or casually checking out your things like they're on clearance sale. What’s more annoying is when they try to invade your space when you were already gracious enough to give way so they wouldn't have to bother you. Stand your ground, call them out, and they’ll be too embarrassed to bother you after.
5. Impatient passengers
It’s like they didn’t go to school and learn how to properly get in line. When either boarding or disembarking a plane, there are those few people who can’t seem to be patient enough to wait to get to their seat or get out of the plane, knocking back everyone in their path. Having been so cramped in a small space for hours, getting shoved to the side without them even having the decency to apologize or excuse themselves is the last thing you want to happen. Feel free to shove them back and give them a taste of their own medicine. Or even better, stall and take your time to delay them further. The satisfaction of seeing their annoyance is pure gold.
*This story originally appeared on Travelbook.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors.