Like many business people, I have to fly a lot. In a given week, I might be in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, and Texas. Those who fly a lot, easily identify those who don't fly often, but worse than them, those who are terrible passengers even when they do fly a lot. Such as the old fellow who stopped in First Class and refused to move into his seat, because he prefered to stand in the aisle. He was blocking entry into the airplane while he stood in the aisle adjusting his tie. I watched a woman physically almost pick the shocked old fellow up and move him into his seat, while the 25 or so waiting to get in our seats gave quiet cheers. Well, here are 13 of my pet pieves and I hope you will send me more by email from the Global Perspectives Home Page.
1. People who walk down the airplane aisle with purses, bags and multiple items that hit, bump or fly in the face of sitting passengers. What gives with these people? They are similar to the ones who stand in the middle of the aisle blocking everyone, refusing to give way while they manipulate their luggage. Or the ones who decide to cram into your overhead, move your clothes or hat and smash their luggage atop your business suit (the one you must wear to your meeting).2. I hate the arrogant guy who stands up in his place and yells and talks to all of his friends and will not sit down. he wants to be seen. He blocks the view of everyone else and gets in everyone's face. On international flights I have seen some stand up to be seen for hours. Every flight seems to have a loud clown like this.3. The loud ones who do not stop talking for an entire flight and others within 6 feet have to endure their conversations, usually about themselves. More about these later.4. The ones who sit down and immediately lower their seat backs to sleeping mode. They never look back or politely ask permission and end up putting their heads within 6 inches of the poor person behind them and take away his ability to use his tray for food, reading or computer use. I am a bit overweight and it really crowds me. I have started tapping them on the shoulder and asking them to move their seats back up. These people are some of the worst, they simply don't realize (or care) how they imact others. I always look back and say: "Will it bother you if I take my seat back?" and try to not go all the way back.5. Those who spray perfume, hair spray, or do personal grooming in the airplane seat. I was beside a man who took out an electric razor and shaved and trimmed his hair beside me. I didn't want the noise, smell or his whiskers in my face.6. The ones who let their children (or grown ups) be loud, out of hand, or rowdy. One lady changed a diaper in the seat across from me. ugh!