Worst Airline Passengers

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  1. WilliamQ

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    I am dreading my flight today - MSP-ATL-CDG-FLR as I'm in impossibly difficult seats each and every leg, thanks Travelocity. I will have mountains of bodies to climb over just to go the bathroom, hopefully my seat mates will be patient but I would actually love a catheter for the next 36 hours. Wish me luck -
     
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    Good luck with your mountain climbing overnesses. Too late for a catheter, but save the champagne cork just in case.
     
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    Ha! Made it to FLR sans 1 iPhone. I suspect it's finding its way back across the pond nestled in an overhead bin and out of sight. But my real message is the irony of my
    experience today. Two elderly women were my seat mates and when they sat down I thought to myself, who makes more trips to the loo than elderly women...so I thought I'll take advantage of their frequent trips and go myself. WELL they either had their bladders removed or were wearing Depends because I was the only one to ever excuse myself, climb over them and head to the bathroom.
    Didn't mean to hijack the thread it just seems that I AM one of the travelers described above!
     
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    What????


    There wasn't an annoying NRSA choice? :p
     
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    The guy reading porn on his laptop. Next to us.
     
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    I'm pretty sure, watching porn, with the volume turned up, would be considerably worse.
     
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    it's not hijacked. Still on same topic but really sorry to hear that you left your phone on board. I had some missed calls but I managed to return and retrieve the phone/tablet.

    Experience with lost wallet are less of a happy endings though.

    hope your iPhone will somehow make itself back to you.
     
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    reading or viewing :)
     
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    my two hope-to-avoids would be sandwiched between two well endowed passengers and heavily scented neighbors, natural or otherwise. Scents could be masked (most of the time) but space crunch on a long haul can be a real killer.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your losing your phone. Now we can't call to warn you about your return trip's seatmates, who may make that trip even more exciting then the one you're currently enjoying. Those two elderly ladies beside you undoubtably are MP members, who read my tip about saving their champagne corks, and which proves once again how much valuable and important information one can obtain just by spending a few moments here on MP. Did you notice if those ladies kept insisting that their champagne glasses be kept filled during the flight?

    I can readily relate to two of the pictures at the top. Flying from Palma de Mallorca to London on a BOAC Trident years ago, I was seated directly in front of a tot who insisted on kicking my seatback for the entire three plus hour flight, regardless of my politely asking her mother to please tell her child to stop. Sore back for a day or so later in London, as no other seat to move to on the full flight.

    My first experience with a really white knuckled pax was on a LHR-BHD flight. I was seated on the aisle, and a guy sits in the middle seat just before the door closes. He grabs a magazine from the seatback pocket and I noticed his hands were shaking as he turned the pages. When I asked if he was frightened for some reason he said he'd never been on a plane before and was "just a little nervous". His "little nervousness" became intense as we hurtled down the runway before lifting off, as he stretched out fully and white knuckled it all the way to Belfast without moving at all for the entire one hour and fifteen minute flight. I didn't want to say another word, as it may have broken his intense concentration on being scared, but I noticed that he may have been completely frozen into that position as he didn't (or couldn't) move after we landed and everyone got up to exit the aircraft. For all I know, he may still be frozen into that seat on that particular plane years later! At the least, he then could say that it wasn't his first flight.

    Disappointed that no reference or picture was made in the article to us intense snorers on so many flights. We are easy to spot and hard to get away from on full flights, as our dicaphony of musical resonance fills the nearby seats and rows in an ever growing intensity and volume, thus bringing forth varying degrees of responses, from laughing to downright underjoyed in most cases. Just try to ignore our pleasureful breathing, or if that's not possible, your sound deadening earphones or earplugs might be a temporary relief, but if all else fails, just use my wife's favorite snore-removal technique: a quick sharp jab to my ribcage, which often works (temporary) wonders for silence in the cabin.

    Was that you pictured in the article as you practiced your overseatmate mountain climbing ability on a prior flight to be ready for the current trip?
     
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    Both the wife and I have our names and contact info on the screen saver of our iPhones. This has helped us get them returned more than once actually when we left them behind one place or another.
     
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    Unfortunately, too late for my phone, but thanks for the tip for my new and improved version!
     
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    I usually sit in the aisle seat, and am always patient when my seatmates need to get out to use the bathroom. Fortunately, in all my flights, there were only 2 instances where my seatmate in the window seat made frequent (every hour) bathroom trips.
     
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    I used to take window seats for the extra head support but am concious of the disturbances to my fellow seat mates if I have to take a pee break or stretch my legs since I usually fly long haul. I then changed to aisle seats but am always happy to stand up if anyone needs to go.

    I still pick window seats if they are at the exit rows since moving in and out would not be a problem then due to the ample room.
     
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