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The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel

Updated June 14, 2019 4.8k votes 483 voters 8.7k views30 items

List RulesIncludes specific things that really irk you while you are in the process of traveling on an airplane

If you've had the pleasure of traveling by plane, you understand the humor in the first part of this sentence. Traveling by plane is not a pleasurable experience by any means. What are the worst things about flying? We've created a list of some of the most annoying things about airplanes, airports, and the people you're forced to share the experience with.

As airlines continue to evolve into money-hungry, leg-squishing nightmare factories that create a travel experience comparable to transporting livestock, the traveling experience as a whole declines. Air travel was once a privilege and a luxury, but it has become a chore and an exercise in discomfort. Want some pretzels while you read? Too bad! Hoping to stretch your legs at some point during that 20-hour flight to Hong Kong? Think again! If there are two things airlines are particularly good at, it's getting you where you need to go and making you miserable along the way. 

Long lines, grumpy adults, crying babies, and uncomfortable seating arrangements all join forces the minute you step into an airport to test your durability, your character, and your sense of humor. Vote up the worst experiences on this list of the most annoying things about airplanes and airports. Just try not to cringe as you think about your next vacation.
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    Being Over Six Feet Tall and Trying to Fit in Those Ridiculously Small Seats

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    Seats Are Getting Smaller in Width AND Pitch (We're Looking at You, United Airlines)

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    Paying a Crazy Price to Fly and Then Paying an Additional Price for Your Freaking Suitcases

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    The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest

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    When You Board a Plane Only to Sit on the Runway for Two More Hours... WITH NO AIR CONDITIONING

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    That Parent Who Doesn't Stop Their Kid Kicking Your Seat the Entire Flight

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    The Person Who Brings Stinky Food Onto the Plane

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    Being Forced to Check Your Bag Because There's No More Overhead Bin Space

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    The Neighbor Who Should Be Flying First Class Because They Don't Fit in Standard Seating

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    When You're "Randomly" Selected for a Secondary Security Screening

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    That Passenger Who Boards the Plane Sick... Then Sneezes and Coughs the Whole Flight

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    Paying Insanely High Rates for Tickets and Not Even Getting a Damn Bag of Peanuts OR Pretzels

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    When There's a Last Minute Gate Change and You Have to Run Through the Airport Like a Maniac

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    People That Hold up the Security Line Because They Don't Understand the Contraband List

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    When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag

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    Babies Crying on the Plane (They Can't Help It but That Doesn't Make It Less Annoying)

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    Couples Who Book The Aisle and Window Seats then Get Mad at You for Having To Sit in the Middle

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    When You Can't Get Your Ears to Pop on the Way Up or the Way Down

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    Flight Attendants Who Are Annoyed With You for Asking Questions

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    Pilots Who Like to Give Updates About the Altitude Every 15 Minutes While You're Trying to Sleep

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    Trying to Squeeze All of Your Stuff Into the Bathroom Stall When You're Traveling Alone

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    No Water Bottles Allowed... As if Flying Isn't Dehydrating Enough Already

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    That Person Who Takes Ten Minutes to Organize Their Security Trays

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    When Some Jerk Boxes You out of Your Spot at Baggage Claim and You Miss Your Suitcase

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    Airport Police in the Arrivals Terminal Who Yell at You the Second You Pull Over to Pick up a Passenger