Jetset Genius Podcast

13: 10 Things You Do that Annoy Other Travelers

 by Brad Kammlah

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In this Episode, You'll Learn:

  • What Not to do with your Cellphone
  • How to Deal with Bad Breath on a flight
  • What to do if you’re bag is several rows behind you
  • Which seats to book as a couple

Travel is Stressful… Especially if You're Near an Annoying Traveler

Travel can be stressful, but if you are next to an annoying travel it can be awful!

Just ask the guys from Dumb and Dumber on their road trips asking if you want to hear the most annoying sound in the world.

1 Window / Aisle Couple

Topping off the list is 2 people traveling together who book the window and the aisle seat and you're stuck in the middle in between them. And even when you offer to switch seats they decline and then proceed to talk over you to each other the entire flight.

New Rule: If 2 people know each other on a flight, one of them has to take the middle seat.

2 Speakerphone in Public

Speakerphones are great, but not when you're around other people. It's very likely that the people around don't particularly want to listen in on your entire conversation with your wife, or listen to the music you're listening to, or watch that movie your watching.

New Rule: Travelers must use headphones at all times.

3 Loud Talkers on the Plane

Catching up with someone on the plane is a great way to pass the time, just be sure to use your inside voice. Nothing is more annoying that to have to listen to someones entire life story in 15A… that is 5 rows behind you while you're trying to read.

New Rule: Travelers need to use their inside voice on planes

4 Armrest Raisers

Some people still think they can be sneaky and lift the armrest to get a little extra room, but I'm a firm believer that the armrest was designed for a reason… to give us a clear line of where our seat ends and theirs begins.

New Rule: Armrests down at all times

5 Seat Pullers

This is when the guy behind you on the plane pulls on the back of your headrest as he's getting up to go to the bathroom. It's a headrest, not a handle.

New Rule: Use the armrest to get up, not someone else's headrest.

6 Nervous Twitchers

We all do this from time to time, probably to burn through that extra cup of coffee we had waiting for our flight. But if you're bouncing your leg on a plane, you're likely shaking the seat of everybody in your row and the people in front of you.

New Rule: Keep Calm and Relax

7 Hand Me My Bag… 5 Rows Back

There's also the guy who while you're all trying to get off the plane asks you if you would hand him his bag that is 5 rows behind you. It's not a good idea to pass a 50 pound bag over everyone's head while we're all cramped together.

New Rule: If your bag is behind you, just wait a few minutes till that row clears and then grab it.

8 Monitor Bangers

No this isn't a rock band, I'm talking about people who tap hard against the monitor that is on the back of your headrest keeping you awake the entire flight.

New Rule: Tap lightly

9 Bad Breath

We're all just too close together on a flight for this one and there is nowhere to go if someone next to you stinks.

New Rule: Travelers should always have Listerine Strips or mints.

10  In the Way

Everybody is in a rush when traveling and nothing is more annoying than when someone stops right in front of you in the middle of the terminal and just stands there.

New Rule: If you need to stop, peel over to one side and out of the line of traffic.

Let's All Do Better!

I know I have done some of these things and maybe you have too. As travelers, we are in this together so let's all do our part and make the travel experience for everyone just a little bit better!

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