Culture The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel  

Lauren Slocum
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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 Smaller in W... 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)

2
179 26
When You Board a Plane Only to... 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

3
178 28
That Parent Who Doesn't St... 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
145 30
Paying a Crazy Price to Fly an... 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

5
128 26
That Passenger Who Boards the ... 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

6
119 30
The Neighbor That Aggressively... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
The Neighbor That Aggressively Claims the Armrest

7
129 38
When There's a Last Minute... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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119 33
People That Hold up the Securi... 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
97 24
The Person Who Brings Stinky F... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
The Person Who Brings Stinky Food Onto the Plane

10
114 37
Babies Crying on the Plane (Th... is listed (or ranked) 10 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)

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88 23
When ANYONE Near You Has to Us... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When ANYONE Near You Has to Use Their Barf Bag

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93 26
When You Can't Get Your Ea... 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

13
104 34
The Neighbor Who Should Be Fly... is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
88 25
Paying Insanely High Rates for... is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
80 25
Flight Attendants Who Are Anno... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Flight Attendants Who Are Annoyed With You for Asking Questions

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103 40
Being Forced to Check Your Bag... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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74 23
Couples Who Book The Aisle and... is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
90 35
No Water Bottles Allowed... As... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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83 33
When You're "Randomly&... 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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75 29
Trying to Squeeze All of Your ... 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
71 29
That Person Who Takes Ten Minu... 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
64 26
When Some Jerk Boxes You out o... 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
59 25
Airport Police in the Arrivals... is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
61 28
When Security Makes You Separa... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When Security Makes You Separate Your Already-Separated Ziploc Bag of Toiletries

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55 31
"Taxiing" Before or Af... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
"Taxiing" Before or After a Flight Because of Other Airplane Traffic

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50 27
Being Over Six Feet Tall and T... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Being Over Six Feet Tall and Trying to Fit in Those Ridiculously Small Seats

27
64 40
Belt and Shoes in One Tray, La... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Belt and Shoes in One Tray, Laptop in the Other? WTF

28
53 35
Pilots Who Like to Give Update... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Pilots Who Like to Give Updates About the Altitude Every 15 Minutes While You're Trying to Sleep

29
42 30
Self Service Baggage Check Kio... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Self Service Baggage Check Kiosks That Keep Prompting You to Upgrade Your Seat When You're Rushing to Get Your Damn Bag Checked

30
31 41
Paying $15 for a Beer at the A... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
Paying $15 for a Beer at the Airport Bar Because They Didn't Ask Which Size You Wanted

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22 44
When Your Neighbor Doesn't... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
When Your Neighbor Doesn't Offer to Share the Ambien