WADE'S WORLD: 8 most annoying things people do on a plane

South Wales Argus: 8 most annoying things people do on a plane 8 most annoying things people do on a plane

IT'S almost unavoidable. If you go on holiday, the chances are you'll have to fly. But what are the most annoying things your fellow passengers do in-flight?

I try to be a tolerant passenger. I take the view that we're all going to cooped up together for a couple of hours at least, so let's try and get on. There are some things, though, which make this difficult.

1. Crying babies

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Before any parent snaps - I am a parent (of a now 8-year-old girl) who did her fair share of howling on planes. I was an uncomprehending and unsympathetic childless twenty-something before that. But whichever way you cut it, a screaming baby is not good for a restful flight experience. And if it is yours who's screaming - that's ten times worse.

2. Bare feet

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Looking at various surveys - this comes up a lot and I can understand why. There is no pong like feet pong, especially in the confines of an aircraft cabin. I must confess to being a committed feet nudist. As your feet swell at altitude, it makes sense to at least take your shoes off - losing socks as well makes life much more comfortable. I do, however, deodorize thoroughly, as the Americans would say.

3. Reclining the seat

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It's strange how, although this is perfectly legal and encouraged, there are few things the person in front can do that are as tiresome as thrusting their bulk onto your lap. Much worse if you’re sat in a back row.

4. Watching anything without headphones

Annoying anywhere, the generous types who want to share every loud moment of their DVD or game are the bane of the traveller's life. Oblivious to the invention of the headphone, turning it down is no help - it'll just be tinny and incomprehensible rather than loud and comprehensible. Tell the stewardess on them, quick.

5. Hogging the overhead locker

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A big problem since charging for hold-luggage became common-place. There is a big incentive in travelling quite light and carrying a small suitcase as hand-luggage. A barely cabin-legal suitcase being wheeled up the aisle is guaranteed to elicit snarls from fellow-flyers.

6. Compulsive leg-shaking
This is bad enough on a train, but in the far more intimate cabin of an aircraft this could ruin your chances of having a pleasant flight. If it carries on too long, you'd be well within your rights to complain to a stewardess. Or karate chop him on the offending leg.

7. Fly chattering class
Now I have no objection to a bit of polite conversation - you may even find you're sat next to one of the most fascinating people you'll ever meet. But mostly, anyone who is still chuntering on after ten minutes should have it made clear that they should shut up, or that you're not listening. In the most polite terms possible, of course.

8. On your marks...
As soon as the engines wind down and the seatbelt sign goes off, there are some who leap to their feet and stand poised for the next aeon waiting to leg it from the aircraft. I've noticed the people who do this tend to sigh heavily, while the ones still seated don't. Were they this impatient sat down or did they expect to be let off as soon as we had stopped?

What do you think are the most annoying things people do on planes? Leave a comment and let us know.

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7:34am Tue 8 Jul 14

Hevsym says...

I find it annoying when the child on the seat on front of you decides to lean over the back of his seat and silently challenge you to a staring competition. This happens alot to me but only once did I ask the parent if they could stop their child leaning over the seat and staring at me, this resulted in the child being made to sit down but then sticking his head in the gap between his seat and the seat next to him and he was staring more....I HATE THAT
I find it annoying when the child on the seat on front of you decides to lean over the back of his seat and silently challenge you to a staring competition. This happens alot to me but only once did I ask the parent if they could stop their child leaning over the seat and staring at me, this resulted in the child being made to sit down but then sticking his head in the gap between his seat and the seat next to him and he was staring more....I HATE THAT Hevsym
  • Score: 2

7:52am Tue 8 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Low cost flying is a nightmare. I suspect the list will be a long one. There should be kids free zones on planes.
Low cost flying is a nightmare. I suspect the list will be a long one. There should be kids free zones on planes. Woodgnome
  • Score: 8

8:04am Tue 8 Jul 14

hissartist says...

People who still refuse to turn of their electrical equipment, even though instructed to!! Arrogant and full of their own self impotance.
People who still refuse to turn of their electrical equipment, even though instructed to!! Arrogant and full of their own self impotance. hissartist
  • Score: 14

8:11am Tue 8 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.
Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 20

8:55am Tue 8 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.
If there was a fat premium on ticket price based on excessive Body Mass Index the planes would be half empty.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.[/p][/quote]If there was a fat premium on ticket price based on excessive Body Mass Index the planes would be half empty. Woodgnome
  • Score: 11

10:37am Tue 8 Jul 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.
I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.[/p][/quote]I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot. Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 1

10:44am Tue 8 Jul 14

myopinion1988 says...

The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!!

If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!!
The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!! If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!! myopinion1988
  • Score: -14

12:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

throwy1 says...

The answer is quite simple. Holiday in the U.K. you'll find it a very interesting place, or better still holiday in Wales and soak up that wonderful Welsh language!!
The answer is quite simple. Holiday in the U.K. you'll find it a very interesting place, or better still holiday in Wales and soak up that wonderful Welsh language!! throwy1
  • Score: -1

1:01pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I think it's really unfair that some airlines have policies in place where they won't sit unaccompanied minors next to men, but they seemingly think it's okay to sit children next to women. Why do sexist airlines still assume that it's okay to effectively force a customer to babysit someone else's kid throughout an entire flight simply because she happens to be female? Do they never consider that she might actually be on holiday - or alternatively, for instance, might have an important business meeting to prepare for? They know very well that male customers wouldn't put up with it.
I think it's really unfair that some airlines have policies in place where they won't sit unaccompanied minors next to men, but they seemingly think it's okay to sit children next to women. Why do sexist airlines still assume that it's okay to effectively force a customer to babysit someone else's kid throughout an entire flight simply because she happens to be female? Do they never consider that she might actually be on holiday - or alternatively, for instance, might have an important business meeting to prepare for? They know very well that male customers wouldn't put up with it. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Anne teak says...

People who leave the toilet door open.... when you have the bad luck to be allocated a seat opposite one.

Although I must point out that it's possible to bet who will wash their hands as they arrive at the toilet.. Or shut the door when finished
With some very surprising outcomes.

After four hours flying, I found out that the truly filthy are not always the ones who I would have supposed by dress code.
People who leave the toilet door open.... when you have the bad luck to be allocated a seat opposite one. Although I must point out that it's possible to bet who will wash their hands as they arrive at the toilet.. Or shut the door when finished With some very surprising outcomes. After four hours flying, I found out that the truly filthy are not always the ones who I would have supposed by dress code. Anne teak
  • Score: 0

2:30pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

myopinion1988 wrote:
The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!!

If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!!
If my knees were under my chin behind you, I'd moan at your too for being totally inconsiderate.
[quote][p][bold]myopinion1988[/bold] wrote: The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!! If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!![/p][/quote]If my knees were under my chin behind you, I'd moan at your too for being totally inconsiderate. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.
I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.
There is a practical difference between a self righteous bigot and someone who invades your personal space with their sweating, self generated bulk.
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.[/p][/quote]I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.[/p][/quote]There is a practical difference between a self righteous bigot and someone who invades your personal space with their sweating, self generated bulk. Woodgnome
  • Score: 3

2:47pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Number 3 on the list would be the worst for me.
On a late flight from Malaga on one of the low cost airlines, person in front reclines his or her seat.
There is barely enough room to move as it is.
I don't understand why they have to do this on a short haul flight to Bristol.
Number 3 on the list would be the worst for me. On a late flight from Malaga on one of the low cost airlines, person in front reclines his or her seat. There is barely enough room to move as it is. I don't understand why they have to do this on a short haul flight to Bristol. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 5

2:51pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

myopinion1988 wrote:
The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!!

If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!!
But it is very b****y annoying, especially on a short haul budget airline with virtually no leg room.
And by the way it is allowed not aloud, says it all really.
[quote][p][bold]myopinion1988[/bold] wrote: The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!! If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!![/p][/quote]But it is very b****y annoying, especially on a short haul budget airline with virtually no leg room. And by the way it is allowed not aloud, says it all really. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 5

3:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.
I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.
There is a practical difference between a self righteous bigot and someone who invades your personal space with their sweating, self generated bulk.
went straight past you didn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.[/p][/quote]I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.[/p][/quote]There is a practical difference between a self righteous bigot and someone who invades your personal space with their sweating, self generated bulk.[/p][/quote]went straight past you didn't it? Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: -1

3:44pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.
I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.
There is a practical difference between a self righteous bigot and someone who invades your personal space with their sweating, self generated bulk.
went straight past you didn't it?
Not the best piece of irony is it, if in fact you're asserting that you're the overweight, sweating hulk sitting next to Lma?
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Someone in the next seat who has spent their entire life eating pies and McDonalds, yet in denial about their enormity, reducing my sitting area with their sweating bulk and still paying the same fare as me.[/p][/quote]I find it most unpleasant, if one has to sit next to a self-righteous bigot.[/p][/quote]There is a practical difference between a self righteous bigot and someone who invades your personal space with their sweating, self generated bulk.[/p][/quote]went straight past you didn't it?[/p][/quote]Not the best piece of irony is it, if in fact you're asserting that you're the overweight, sweating hulk sitting next to Lma? Woodgnome
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

inkyskin says...

myopinion1988 wrote:
The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!!

If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!!
quickest remedy for those that recline seats is to shimmy down in your own seat, bring your knees up to rest on the fold down tray and just bounce the seat non stop, if they complain to you just explain that you're a bit cramped for space behind them so you're exercising your legs..they should get the hint!
[quote][p][bold]myopinion1988[/bold] wrote: The worst is people behing my seat moaning that I've reclined my chair!! If it isn't aloud then the facility wouldn't be there!![/p][/quote]quickest remedy for those that recline seats is to shimmy down in your own seat, bring your knees up to rest on the fold down tray and just bounce the seat non stop, if they complain to you just explain that you're a bit cramped for space behind them so you're exercising your legs..they should get the hint! inkyskin
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Llanmartinangel says...

throwy1 wrote:
The answer is quite simple. Holiday in the U.K. you'll find it a very interesting place, or better still holiday in Wales and soak up that wonderful Welsh language!!
Isn't Anglesey wet and boring though?
[quote][p][bold]throwy1[/bold] wrote: The answer is quite simple. Holiday in the U.K. you'll find it a very interesting place, or better still holiday in Wales and soak up that wonderful Welsh language!![/p][/quote]Isn't Anglesey wet and boring though? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Wed 9 Jul 14

DavidMclean says...

Cheering and applauding when the plane lands - like it's a big surprise. Seriously, why?
Cheering and applauding when the plane lands - like it's a big surprise. Seriously, why? DavidMclean
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Wed 9 Jul 14

DavidMclean says...

Hevsym wrote:
I find it annoying when the child on the seat on front of you decides to lean over the back of his seat and silently challenge you to a staring competition. This happens alot to me but only once did I ask the parent if they could stop their child leaning over the seat and staring at me, this resulted in the child being made to sit down but then sticking his head in the gap between his seat and the seat next to him and he was staring more....I HATE THAT
There speaks somebody who ALWAYS loses the staring competition and is bitter about it ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Hevsym[/bold] wrote: I find it annoying when the child on the seat on front of you decides to lean over the back of his seat and silently challenge you to a staring competition. This happens alot to me but only once did I ask the parent if they could stop their child leaning over the seat and staring at me, this resulted in the child being made to sit down but then sticking his head in the gap between his seat and the seat next to him and he was staring more....I HATE THAT[/p][/quote]There speaks somebody who ALWAYS loses the staring competition and is bitter about it ;-) DavidMclean
  • Score: 0
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