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11. Posted by magnusiax (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Sitting beside with a smelly under arm person in a airplane is really make feel sick.

12. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Flying to Bali last month (thankfully it only took 3 and a bit hours) and the seating arrangements were not to my liking.
The missus took the window seat as always, I was in the middle seat and the 30+ Aussie guy in the aisle seat had a massive case of halitosis.
He never once turned round to speak to me, drank 8 Bintangs on the way and the smell was still nauseous.
Every seat was filled so I couldn't even sit anywhere else to escape.
Must try Business Class next time. At least the seats are further apart.

13. Posted by Shersim (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

A family boarded the plane for a cross-country trip. I'd been on a plane since London and was hoping to sleep a little on the trip to California. The father sat in the window seat next to me, and the mother with two boys and a lap-sitter sat in the row behind. The boys continually kicked my seat, leaned on their trays, and shouted, while the parents did nothing to discourage or quiet them. The toddler squalled and hung on the back of my seat. Finally, the mom handed the toddler to her husband, and the child put his foot in my dinner, grabbed my utensils, and kicked me constantly. When I asked the father to try to keep the child's foot out of my food, he growled that I knew nothing about children. Uh huh. Traveling with my own kids when they were small, we brought things for them to do--and never allowed them to kick seats. Babies crying can't be helped, but older children can certainly be controlled. It's nice if parents at least try to keep their kids in control.

14. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

I definitely agree with the small children thing

on the flight back home for Christmas for school I was in the middle seat and normally this doesn't bother me as I just sleep but there was this woman next to me who had this small child in her lap... now I am not particularly fond of small children to begin with but this one in particular decided that my hair/ earrings where the best toys ever and proceeded to pull on them for the whole time he wasn't kicking me... the mother did nothing about this but instead kept handing me her child so she could rummage through her bags while seated... and worst of all when she was trying to get things from the overhead bins and we were standing... I asked her to trade seats so I didn't have to move every time but she said the window made her feel safe.... >.< it was fortunate that flight wasn't longer

15. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

I'm with the small children thing too - had a screaming baby who refused to be calmed down on one of my flights, and it irked the hell out of me. Another time was when I was returning from Japan and had fortunately secured a row of seats for myself and was prepared to stretch out and sleep. The group behind me (not much younger than myself) were talking and chatting despite my having several times looked over to indicate I was not pleased by so much noise. Finally had to tell them to please shut up because I was trying to get some sleep.

And then there was the dude in front of me who leaned so far back that it severely restricted my legroom and space. It took a combination of kicking his seat and the stewardess asking him to sit up for meals to be served that he repositioned his chair again.

[ Edit: Edited on May 28, 2008, at 11:00 AM by summer910 ]

16. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

I have had several things on flights over the years.

Once there was a really rude Singaporean guy who sat in the aisle seat, I was in the middle and my boyfriend was in the window seat. This guy was reading a broadsheet newspaper holding it right over my seat back tv screen, when I asked him to move it, he gave me a look that indicated he thought I was a piece of dirt on his shoe. Then the meal came and he managed to elbow me in the head while he was eating (how I really don't know) and then he fell asleep and pretended to still be asleep (I saw him open his eyes!) when I was asking him to move so we could go the toilet. So we just climbed over him and made sure we gave him a really hard kick for being so rude. He also snapped his fingers at the cabin crew when he wanted something!

Another time we had a guy who just wanted to talk for the entire 15 hour journey...we have had the people that push the seat right the way back so we have no room at all...we have had the group booking which have been dotted around the plane wanting to socialise with each other congregating around the emergency exit space. It took one of the cabin crew threatening to get the pilot to emergency land the plane to get them to sit down and shut up! I've had the seat back kicker and tapper, the sneezer and sniffer, the cougher and more recently in China the hocker/spitter (into a sick bag!). I think we have had every annoying person imaginable on our various flights!

We have also had very rude cabin crew who shouted at me for moving a blanket out of an overhead compartment so I could put my bag in and on a British Airways flight we had a female cabin crew member throw a sandwich at us and told us we'd get what we were given when I politely asked if a) they had a sandwich without mayo for my boyfriend and b) if they had a non-bread option as I have an intolerance to wheat. Charming!

There are probably more of these, but those were the ones that sprung to mind!

17. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Oh, the children! The children! I've seen lots and lots of lovely, well-behaved kids. A little cranky, an accidental kick to the seat, some crying--fine, fine, fine. It's a long flight and everyone gets restless. We have to have some leeway.

But it's those kids that you know the parents have been ignoring for years and years that are the worst--complaining via screaming, leaning over the seat to stare at you, fighting with their siblings, closing the blinds, kicking the chair on purpose, etc. etc. etc. Fortunately (and allow me to knock on wood here), most of the time they've been seated near other passengers--causing my b/f and I too look at each other and thank god we're not the passengers in row 32. But then you look at the parents--oblivious, obnoxious, saying "sit down please, honey" in an unconvincing voice, and just pretty much overwhelmed by their own kid. You know what? They're YOUR kids--YOUR responsibility. Not the other passengers', not the flight crews'. I don't get a discount for taking the "routinely kicked chair" or flying "screaming airways" or having a staring contest with your 4-year-old. So kids are bad--but it's the parents' whose chair I want to kick back.

18. Posted by lwboykin (Inactive 9 posts) 8y

So far, I've been lucky enough not to have had an bad passengers on my flights. Now, flight attendants are another story altogether. I just returned from a trip to Chicago, and on my United Airlines flight out, before we had even left Washington, DC the flight attendant came through the cabin to close the overhead bins. Someone had placed a bag widthways instead of lengthways and it was keeping the door from being closed. She turned around and said "Who's bag is this?" A younger girl a few rows behind me spoke up, and the flight attendant snidely replied "Well, do you think you can move it so I can shut this door?" I was thinking to myself "Isn't that YOUR job?"

Arguably the worst flight attendant I've ever seen was on an American Airlines flight from Chicago to San Antonio. I upgraded to first class, and I was in the first seat on the plane. A flight attendant had just begun to walk down the aisle while other people were still boarding. She stopped short in the aisle and the guy behind her ran into her and accidentally stepped on the back of her shoe. She turned around on her heels and said "You'd better watch where you're going. These are $50 hose." I laughed to myself and thought: "You don't look like you cost that much."

19. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Sitting beside a person who couldnt fit in his seat, he was too huge for the limited space in Economy class. It was a long flight Mumbai--Frankfurt and the whole night he was adjusting and putting pressue on me

20. Posted by Billy89 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

I flew back from toronto in April after a flight from san francisco and not having much sleep i was rather ratty and tired.... I am a tall guy standing aound 6'4 and getting comfy on standard seats is quite difficult! So as i was trying to get comfy had a annoying old bloke behind me who every time i moved to get comfy tutted and then eventually started to bang my seat with his fist! The first time i ignored it but the second time i lost my tempor and we started arguing in front of the whole plane.... quite embarasing when all you wanted to do was get comfy, watch a movie and fall asleep!!