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The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel 

Lauren Slocum
Updated June 14, 2019 4.5k votes 476 voters 8.5k views 30 items

List Rules 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 Smalle... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Seats Are Getting Smaller in Width AND Pitch (We're Looking at You, United Airlines)
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When You Board a Plane O... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
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 ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
That Parent Who Doesn't Stop Their Kid Kicking Your Seat the Entire Flight
4
Paying a Crazy Price to ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Paying a Crazy Price to Fly and Then Paying an Additional Price for Your Freaking Suitcases
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That Passenger Who Board... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
That Passenger Who Boards the Plane Sick... Then Sneezes and Coughs the Whole Flight
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When There's a Last Minu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When There's a Last Minute Gate Change and You Have to Run Through the Airport Like a Maniac
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The Neighbor That Aggres... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest
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People That Hold up the ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
People That Hold up the Security Line Because They Don't Understand the Contraband List
9
Babies Crying on the Pla... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Babies Crying on the Plane (They Can't Help It but That Doesn't Make It Less Annoying)
10
The Person Who Brings St... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
The Person Who Brings Stinky Food Onto the Plane
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The Neighbor Who Should ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
The Neighbor Who Should Be Flying First Class Because They Don't Fit in Standard Seating
12
When You Can't Get Your ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When You Can't Get Your Ears to Pop on the Way Up or the Way Down
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Paying Insanely High Rat... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Paying Insanely High Rates for Tickets and Not Even Getting a Damn Bag of Peanuts OR Pretzels
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Being Forced to Check Yo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Being Forced to Check Your Bag Because There's No More Overhead Bin Space
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When ANYONE Near You Has... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag
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No Water Bottles Allowed... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
No Water Bottles Allowed... As if Flying Isn't Dehydrating Enough Already
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Flight Attendants Who Ar... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Flight Attendants Who Are Annoyed With You for Asking Questions
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Couples Who Book The Ais... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
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're "Random... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When You're "Randomly" Selected for a Secondary Security Screening
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Trying to Squeeze All of... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Trying to Squeeze All of Your Stuff Into the Bathroom Stall When You're Traveling Alone
21
That Person Who Takes Te... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
That Person Who Takes Ten Minutes to Organize Their Security Trays
22
When Some Jerk Boxes You... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When Some Jerk Boxes You out of Your Spot at Baggage Claim and You Miss Your Suitcase
23
When Security Makes You ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When Security Makes You Separate Your Already-Separated Ziploc Bag of Toiletries
24
Airport Police in the Ar... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Airport Police in the Arrivals Terminal Who Yell at You the Second You Pull Over to Pick up a Passenger
25
Belt and Shoes in One Tr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Belt and Shoes in One Tray, Laptop in the Other? WTF