Top Air Travel Pet Peeves & Annoyances | 13 Things I Hate When Traveling on Flights

Top Air Travel Pet Peeves & Annoyances | 13 Things I Hate When Traveling on Flights


Hey, how’s it going everyone? It’s Ernest
from Trip Astute. In this video, I want to talk about some of my top airport and
airplane annoyances and pet peeves, and hopefully share how you can deal with
similar issues on your next trip. (light chiming music) When I was brainstorming my list of annoyances,
I actually came up with a lot of stuff. So I thought it might be fun to break it
into a couple of parts, with this video having a focus on airport and airplane
annoyances. I have another list of hotel and general travel annoyances, and I’ll
share those in another video. Before I run through the list, if you’re new here,
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my top 13 airplane and airport annoyances and pet peeves. Number 1: Not
getting TSA PreCheck, even though I have it. If you have TSA PreCheck, then you can
imagine how annoying it can be to get assigned a ticket that doesn’t have the
TSA PreCheck designation. It’s really frustrating, but know that TSA PreCheck
is not a guaranteed benefit, even if you’re enrolled in the program. Also, it
can be caused by a lot of different things, like not having your Trusted
Traveler Number registered with your airline, or having a mismatch between
your ticket name and the registered name in the program. This can also be an issue
if you forgot to renew or update your program especially if you got a new
passport. If you’re getting a paper boarding pass, you can ask the agent to
verify that your information is correct at the counter. However, if you notice it
later or don’t have much time to spare, you might just have to go through the
regular line, as annoying as it sounds. Number 2: Being told that my check-in
baggage is too heavy. While I prefer not to check in a bag, there have been a few
trips where we just couldn’t fit everything in our carry-on bags. Though
what’s even more annoying is getting to the airline counter and being told that
your bag is a few pounds or kilograms above the limit.
– No God, please no no no For this situation,
I recommend packing a spare and lightweight duffel bag that you can use
for items that you might need to transfer out of your check-in luggage.
Number 3: Paying for expensive meals or snacks. The prices at some airports
are insane. I remember getting a tiny pizza and salad in the Maui Airport for
$40. I thought it was a mistake at first, but then I realized how much they
charged. To get around this, we usually try to find an airport lounge where we
can get some food and drinks for free. If you have a premium travel credit card,
you often have access to airport lounges. The lounges can be a great way to save
money while traveling. Number 4: Dealing with airport lines. Have you ever
been in a security or customs line that keeps adding more people in front of you?
I once went through this when I was in Montreal heading back to Los Angeles.
Since you have to go through US Customs and Immigration on the Canadian
side, I ended up being in a line for over an hour. It probably would have only been
20 minutes except that the officials kept changing the line and adding more
people in front of us who had flights that were departing sooner. What annoyed
me is that I ended up missing my flight since they kept changing the line. If you find
yourself in this situation, I would let the officials know that you’re at risk
of missing your flight. I had mentioned it to them but I think they completely
lost track of my situation since there were others with more urgent flights. If
I had to do it again, I would have been more vocal. Relax. No, you relax. I’m a
regular here. This line needs to move. Number 5: Dealing with bad attitudes.
So when I missed my flight in Montreal, I had to speak to the Air Canada rep at
the gate about getting onto another flight. I wasn’t the only person who
missed their flight and I saw a lot of people in line at the Air Canada counter
complaining and being really rude to the rep, even though it wasn’t her fault. I
was the last person in the line, so I was sure that there wasn’t going to be any good
flight options for me. However, I made it a point to be really nice and even say
that I was sorry for the other people being so rude. I don’t know if it helped,
but the rep ended up getting me on a flight just a few hours later and even
gave me some breakfast vouchers for the food court. It was a nice gesture and
definitely above and beyond what I expected. I
want to believe that it was because I was actually nice and empathetic. In any
regard, I sent Air Canada an email and photo letting them know that their rep
save the day. So the moral of the story is to keep your attitude in check. Taking
out your frustration on others is not fair, and actually being nice and
empathetic might actually result in positive and unexpected outcomes. Number
6: Fighting for overhead luggage space. I hate this aspect of flying. Most people
will tell you that you need status in order to get priority boarding so you
can secure some overhead bin space. Since I’m not traveling much for work, I don’t
actually have status with any of the airlines anymore. However, I do have low
level priority boarding through United because I have their credit card. Also,
I’ll even pay the Early Bird Check-in fees on Southwest just so I can avoid
the hassle of having to fight for bin space. Even with those precautions, you
can still end up boarding the plane late, especially if you have a delay when
connecting flights. If you find yourself in this situation, I personally recommend
finding a seat toward the back part of the plane and then looking for luggage
space toward the front. The reason for this is because you don’t want to have
the opposite situation where you’re sitting up front and then you have to
wait for everyone to clear before you walk towards the back of the plane to
retrieve your bag. Number 7: Having a messy or dirty airplane seat. Plane seats
can be pretty gross. I’m sure some of you have opened your tray table only to find that
the person before you had spilled their food, drink, or something worse on the
table. In this situation, I recommend carrying wipes that you can use to clean
your tray. I’ll even wipe down my headrest especially if I’m traveling
during the flu season, just to be safe. Number 8: Using old headphone ports.
The last time we flew internationally, we were surprised to find the old two-prong
headphone jacks at the seat. This was super annoying since I just got some new
noise cancelling earphones and wanted to use it while watching an airline movie.
In this situation, the airline will often provide a free headset, but it’s usually
not very good. You could either buy a cheap adapter on Amazon, or I found that
by putting my earphone plug about 3/4 of the way into the jack, I was able to get
stereo sound on my earphones. It probably wasn’t the full stereo experience
since it was just splitting the left or right channel into two, but it let me use
my noise-canceling earphones, which was great.
Number 9: Dealing with frozen entertainment systems. This seems to
happen a lot. I noticed that there is often a person near me that complains
that their entertainment system has frozen. Fiona had this happen as well on
one of our recent flights. If this happens to you, I recommend asking the
flight attendant to reset the system. As a backup, I would also download some
Netflix shows offline before leaving on your trip so you have content to watch
while traveling. I love this feature on Netflix, and it’s worth doing it even if
you plan to just watch the movies provided by the airlines, just to be
safe. Number 10: Being kicked in the back of
your airline seat. I’m sure most of you have been in situation where you had a
feisty kid kicking your seat during the flight. I know it’s hard for parents to
travel with their kids and I always try to be understanding when it comes to
crying babies. But I have a hard time understanding when a kid keeps kicking
the back of my seat, especially when his or her parent sees it happening.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a solution for this one. I usually just turn around
so the parent and kid understand that I’m being bothered by it. That usually does the
trick. But I’ve also seen others ask the parents to please keep their kids from
kicking their seat. It’s a touchy subject, but it’s definitely one of my biggest
pet peeves on flights. Number 11: Preventing a crushed laptop from a
reclining seat. A few years ago, I actually saw someone’s laptop screen get
crushed and destroyed on a flight. Basically, the seat came down so quickly
and his screen got caught on the tray knob which caused the laptop screen to crack
instead of close. I’ve had a few close calls as well and it’s definitely one of
the most annoying things when you need to get work done on a plane.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if there’s a solution to this problem. I’m not one of
those travellers who thinks it’s unfair for others to recline their seat, though
I think it’s good etiquette to recline your seat slowly in case the person
behind you is working on a laptop or has another object that might be damaged by
the seat. Also, I tend not to extend my screen past 90 degrees just in case the
seat flies down. Since I’m using a 15-inch laptop now, I’ll even work on my
lap instead of the seat tray if the space is especially tight.
Number 12: Paying for ridiculously slow internet. This one is going to sound high
maintenance, but hear me out. The last time I flew on
Lufthansa, they were advertising Wi-Fi that it was just as fast as land-based
hotspots. I was a bit skeptical, but I remember reading how airline Wi-Fi was
being upgraded on many aircrafts, so I thought, why not?
I wouldn’t mind catching up on the latest season of “This is Us” and also
getting some work done. Yeah, I pretty much had a slow and barely usable
connection the whole time. It definitely was not enough to stream any videos and
I often just got the blank loading page. Needless to say I won’t be paying for any
high-speed Internet connections on flights in the future. And finally, number
13: Dealing with impatient people when getting off the plane. This is another
situation that doesn’t really have a solution, but it annoys me so much. I
can’t stand it when we’re getting off the plane and people feel a need to push
forward, even though we’re leaving row by row in an orderly manner.
I try to help people in my area by retrieving luggage from the bin when
they’re struggling, and I just hope that good karma prevails in this situation. My
suggestion is to help those around you in need and hopefully, it makes the
unboarding process a little bit smoother for everyone. What are your biggest
annoyances or pet peeves when traveling by air? Anything else you would add to
the list? Please let us know in the comments section below. Hopefully this
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20 thoughts on “Top Air Travel Pet Peeves & Annoyances | 13 Things I Hate When Traveling on Flights

  1. The condition of the restrooms is for me. These days airlines have made restrooms even smaller so they can fit me more seats to make a few extra bucks. Add that to a ridiculously fast turnaround time (20-25 minutes) and the cleaners don't seem to bother with the restrooms beyond a spritz of Lysol and replacing TP.

  2. The wait is over another great video Ernest !! TSA pre=check is a life saver for sure .. these outtakes are awesome ! have a great weekend

    Jose P.

  3. There was a young woman on her laptop in front of my seat farting at least four times and I bluntly said : Miss, would you stop farting because It’s not nice of you … Guess what ? She did stop farting ! I’m not a rude person but I’m very honest with my words .I just can’t put up with such thing !!!

  4. Interesting video, Ernest – thanks for posting.

    My pet peeves? – Hmm, I'll be honest, I don't have many. The airport is the airport, and you just have to go with the flow. As regards the airlines, I think you've got to be realistic: flying Ryanair or Easyjet is not going to be the same experience as flying with a full-feature carrier. For example, economy on a flight to Dubai with Emirates is a whole other thing from economy to Berlin with Ryanair; but there again, Ryanair can be very, very cheap. For perhaps as little as €/£/$9.99 per flight, I think you have to accept that facilities will be at a minimum. But you have to understand the low-cost carriers' rules in order to avoid excess charges.

    In fact that's probably my biggest peeve of all – the rules (baggage, check-in, etc) that the LCCs apply. I could go on and on about this, but instead I'll just point you to this very funny song by Fascinating Aida:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVASZ2lCY5Y

  5. Another great video. Thanks for sharing. The one thing I find annoying is that I often challenge ticket agents to give me the priority boarding I'm entitled to with the airline cards I have. I look at my ticket, and it says something like Group 7 and I look at the agent and tell them "hey, I have the credit card. why am I not in Group 5?" I kid you not, this one agent looked at me and just shrugged her shoulders. It didn't end up being a big deal, but after further conversation, I did get my correct boarding group.

  6. One pet peeve for me happens during boarding. I hate when the people who are already on board and seated, lean out towards the aisle. It's already tricky passing by without hitting people who are seated properly. I do say excuse me when passing but it's just annoying, that I have to say it, as if they don' t know others will be passing by.

  7. I hate not finding open seats at the gate. I usually arrive early to find ample space, but it’s not always possible to arrive early.

  8. Hey Earnest!
    Today I applied for Saphire reserve with a credit acore of 727.I am under 5/24 and I have Freedom unlimted with them for last 6 months.
    I recieved an email saying,”we’ll let you know as soon as possible”.I called status check and it says they will let me know within 30 days.
    Is it a godd news or bad?
    Can I call the reconsideration tomorrow?

  9. When it comes to reclining your seat back simply ask the passenger behind you if they are ok or ready to let you recline your seat back. This if a courtesy at best. People do need to keep in mind that the recline will take 3”-4” out of your space and gets super annoying when working or eating. Being nice and courteous goes a long way.

  10. When boarding a plane, those people who stand in the aisle blocking the way as they put their bags in the overhead bins, thus holding up the line. Please… Step into the seating area and let others pass first!

  11. Whats with bad attitudes and pushy people on snd off the plane, you sre sll in the same boat ane pushing wont save you more than a few secondd, snd why have a bad attitude gate personalized don"t control the plane.

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