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The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Person Who Brings Stinky Food Onto the Plane
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    The Person Who Brings Stinky Food Onto the Plane

  • The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest
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    The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest

  • When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag
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    When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • That Person Who Takes Ten Minutes to Organize Their Security Trays
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    That Person Who Takes Ten Minutes to Organize Their Security Trays

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

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

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

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

  • Flight Attendants Who Are Annoyed With You for Asking Questions
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    Flight Attendants Who Are Annoyed With You for Asking Questions

  • When Security Makes You Separate Your Already-Separated Ziploc Bag of Toiletries
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    When Security Makes You Separate Your Already-Separated Ziploc Bag of Toiletries

  • Being Over Six Feet Tall and Trying to Fit in Those Ridiculously Small Seats
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    Being Over Six Feet Tall and Trying to Fit in Those Ridiculously Small Seats