Is there anyone out there who actually enjoys traveling? Sure, the mere image of strolling through the Island of Capri or walking through the hustle and bustle of New York is enough to make traveling worth it, but the actual art of traveling is not so easy.
Travelers need to worry about packing, bringing the proper documentation, keeping an eye on their kids (if they have any), keeping calm on the plane, and then figuring out transportation once they've reached their destination. There's a lot on a traveler's mind.
No matter how busy a person may mentally be, though, there's no excuse for being rude or underprepared for the honorable workers at airports. None of us like dealing with TSA agents or long lines, but that's what these airline workers deal with every single day. To make their lives easier, all we gotta do is not do these 10 things on this list. If we come prepared, we can make airline employees' lives a lot easier while also making our traveling day better in return.
10 PEOPLE ARRIVE LATE JUST TO SKIP LONG LINES
Believe it or not, some airline employees mentioned travelers play around with the Devil and arrive late to the airport for the possibility of skipping the line... If you fly often, you've had to have seen this happen at least once.
There's a long line and someone tells the airline worker they're super late for their flight and it takes off in 10 minutes. What do most airline workers do? They escort the late passenger to the front of the line so they can be taken care of first. Airline workers have seen this tactic pulled time and time again and it's not cool.
9 LEAVING YOUR LUGGAGE ALONE IN THE AIRPORT
After the American tragedies of 9/11, airports took a drastic stance and stepped up their security (as they should have). Nowadays if you are at the airport, you cannot leave your bag unattended for any reason at all. If you need to go to the bathroom, bring your luggage with you or ask someone next to you to keep an eye on it.
Any time a piece of luggage is left to fend for itself, it's seen as a threat. These kinds of announcements are made time and time again on the airport speaker, and yet, people still leave their bag unattended as they go to the restroom or get bored and want to walk around. Sigh.
8 BRINGING CATS AS THEIR ESA
Emotional Support Animals were originally intended for dogs and cats of people who have extreme anxiety or other disabilities while flying. Having an emotional support animal can make the person calmer and happier.
While it's totally legal to bring an animal on board with the correct documentation, security agents are not a fan of when people bring cats. One agent told Twitter that checking cats and their carriers for anything suspicious is the worst. Cats can claw, hiss, escape, and become frustrated when being checked. Dogs, on the other hand, are welcomed and seem to adjust better.
7 LETTING KIDS RUN AROUND EVERYWHERE
Airports are large, busy places. People from all walks of life are walking in and out of airports. When you think about it, airports are extremely serious and everyone seems to be in a rush. While most parents keep their kids by their side while traveling, other parents use the airport as a free-for-all; allowing their kids to run around while they can before being seated on a plane for a couple of hours. This, of course, is not safe. It's frustrating for airline workers who need to deal with a missing child case because the parents let their kids runoff.
6 ASKING TSA TO CHANGE THEIR GLOVES BEFORE A PAT DOWN
Needing a patdown from security is not fun. Depending on how serious it is, you typically need to step to the side while the TSA agent checks to make sure there's nothing hiding under your clothes. And even if you're totally innocent, it can be intimidating.
TSA agents usually wear gloves when doing a patdown, and according to one agent, it's their biggest pet peeve when people ask them to change their gloves for sanitary reasons. The point this TSA agent is trying to make is that agents change their gloves all the time and it's an unfair request considering they may have just changed gloves.
5 NOT UNDERSTANDING THE SECURITY LINE
Security lines seem intimidating because they're usually pretty lengthy and take quite a bit of time. However, this is done to ensure the safety of thousands of passengers, so it's well worth it. And since passengers are in line for so long, they have time to read and listen to the rules. Nothing can be in their pockets, belts and shoes need to be off, jackets and hats also need to be off, and any electronics need to be placed in a separate bin. It's quite simple but many passengers miss this memo and end up holding up the line because they think they're invincible to the rules.
4 WHEN PEOPLE EXPECT A FREE HOTEL ROOM WHEN THEIR FLIGHT IS CANCELED
Having a flight canceled on you (or delayed for an extended period of time) is one of the worst feelings a traveler can have. Now they're left to sleep in the airport, find a hotel, worry about transportation, and worry about outside plans. However, not every passenger is so understanding — many lash out at airline workers and demand a hotel for the inconvenience.
According to one airline worker, hotels are only included if its in the contract and if it's the airline's fault (not the weather's). The weather is outside of the airline's control, which means a hotel would need to be purchased by you — not the airline. Make sure to read the fine print the next time you book a flight!
3 WHEN TRAVELERS LIE TO TRY AND SNEAK AN UPGRADE
It's one thing if a passenger has an allergy to pet dander and they're sitting next to an ESA, but if a passenger is making up every lie in the book just for the chance to sit in business class, chances are you're annoying the airline workers.
Upgrades are expensive, so trying to weasel your way in to getting a free upgraded ticket doesn't work out too often. And don't think you're fooling the stewardess; they've seen it all.
2 THOSE WORKING THE DESK IN THE AIRPORT CANNOT CONTROL A LATE FLIGHT
Hearing about bad weather or the possibility of a flight being delayed or canceled is an airline worker's worst nightmare. They immediately have 30+ customers yelling at them over something they cannot control. Many airline workers tell the potential passengers that they're not the ones who are flying the planes or canceling the flights, so why yell? The only thing they can do is keep everyone informed through updates and try getting a few passengers on other open flights. That's it. So stop taking your anger out on them!
1 PEOPLE WHO USE DESIGNER LUGGAGE AND BEG STAFF TO TAKE CARE OF IT
Sure, having designer luggage makes you stand out and looks beautiful when walking through a hotel lobby, but flying with it doesn't make the most sense. It's one thing to bring a Louis Vuitton carryon, but to check a Louie is silly if you think it's not going to get scratched. Airline workers have admitted treating "fancy" bags with the same respect that they treat non-fancy bags. Expensive luggage isn't treated differently or with more care, so if your goods are still damaged after a bumpy flight — there's not much that can be done.
Oh, and asking the airline to treat your bag with care is comical. They have a job to do and it needs to be done efficiently.