People Share Their Worst Airplane Passenger Stories So You Don't Make The Same Mistakes

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Frequent flyers: vote up the worst passengers you wouldn't want to be stuck beside.

Proper airplane etiquette doesn't come naturally to some. Sadly, there are a lot of people who don't know what not to do on an airplane. These Redditors are sharing their stories of  terrible airplane passengers so you can avoid making their mistakes. Vote up the worst of the worst!


  • 1
    6 VOTES

    She Gave Them First-Degree Burns

    From Redditor u/duckspunk:

    I recently took an early morning flight, and when beverage service came around, I asked for coffee. I set my coffee on the tray table when the woman seated in front of me suddenly jerked her seat back with such force that the coffee spilled all over me. I had first-degree burns on my thigh, but I fortunately always travel with some first aid stuff in my carry-on. I changed my clothes, cleaned up my seat, applied some neosporin, cried a little from pain and embarrassment (I straight-up yelped when it spilled). Everybody seated around me was doing their best to help, getting towels and ice and everything, and the woman who did it never even acknowledged that anything had happened. I understand that accidents happen, but an apology would have been nice.

    I also sat in front of a guy who continued to use an electric razor during the landing process when all electronics are supposed to be shut off, but that was more bizarre than anything else. I don't know what he was even shaving.

    6 votes
  • 2
    4 VOTES

    They Sang Songs And Played The Harmonica

    From Redditor u/Im_Captain_Jack:

    I was the bad passenger. As a young kid (starting at age 6) I flew as an unaccompanied minor every other weekend to go see my mom. I don't remember this, but my mom told me one time she asked how my flight was; "Great! I sat next to this nice man in a fancy suit... I sang him some of my songs, told him some of my jokes..." I also remember I got a harmonica for Christmas one year... you best believe I whipped that bad boy out while we were taxiing the runway... I got an ovation when I stopped lol.

    4 votes
  • 3
    4 VOTES

    He Read Aloud To Them For Three Hours

    From a former Redditor:

    I once had a guy read aloud to me from his personal journal, for 3 hours. Luckily, I was drunk.

    4 votes
  • 4
    4 VOTES

    They Kicked The Seat In Front Of Them On A Fourteen Hour Flight

    From a former Redditor:

    Not next to, but behind a terrible passenger. On a FOURTEEN HOUR, TRANS-PACIFIC flight to Tokyo from Minneapolis, I sat behind that kid who kept kicking the chair in front of him because he was bored.

    4 votes
  • 5
    4 VOTES

    He Was So Loud They Heard His Whole Life Story From Multiple Rows Away

    From a former Redditor:

    I didn't sit right next to this person, but he was extremely loud. I was flying from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA and there was a mid-20's guy a couple rows ahead of me. He apparently went to Laguna Beach high school and knew some people from the reality TV show. (He brought that up unsolicited and immediately). He talked the ears off the people around him for the entire flight. By the end of the flight, I could have given a speech about him - his college major, interests, job, future plans, political opinions, etc. He covered it all and was talking so loudly, it seemed like he wanted everyone to hear.

    I had a great week in CA, get on my plane to head back to Chicago, and I SH*T YOU NOT the exact same guy was on board, like two rows away. He once again talked the entire flight and I heard the exact same stories. Looking back, I probably should have pretended to be a psychic and told him a bunch of personal information about himself.

    4 votes
  • 6
    4 VOTES

    Their Whole Family Was A "Tornado Of Chaos, Noise, And Bodily Fluids"

    From Redditor u/_flashgordon:

    My whole family was the worst. I flew with my pregnant wife and young son and daughter. As we start to descend into Indianapolis my son starts to cry because his ears are popping. My wife gets airsick and starts to vomit into the bag. My daughter can't hold it in any longer and urinates in her pants.

    We were a tornado of chaos, noise, and bodily fluids.

    4 votes