We've all been to the airport and we've all had good and bad experiences, but along the way, there are some statements (that may or may not be precisely accurate) which sum up the folks that fly around the world pretty well.
While it's an enjoyable experience to dive headfirst into enjoying yourself at the airport, you're also working against a clock. There are things you need to do before you can actually get yourself on the plane, and in the form of these ten quotes, we're going to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the lighter side of travel.
10 “What Can We Get Rid Of?”
You get up to the desk and all of a sudden, you come to the realization that your suitcase is far, far too heavy. As a result, there have to be some compromises that are made, and nine times out of ten, it’s stuff that you previously wouldn’t have even realized was in your case to begin with.
People will do a lot of things in order to avoid paying extra fees, and that much is just kind of obvious. Alas, it always seems to come down to the last minute which always helps to ramp up the tension.
9 “This Exchange Rate Is Insane”
If you’re going to try and exchange your money ahead of a big trip or a holiday, always make sure you do so in advance. Our advice would be to use a service like Revolut, which always seems to be the most efficient way to go.
Either way, if you can avoid it, we’d make sure that you don’t wait until getting to the airport in order to exchange the money. The rates are always absolutely awful, and you’ll find yourself getting way, way less for your money. We can understand the outrage.
8 “Have You Got Your Passport?”
Even if you are 100 percent sure that you have your passport on your person at all times, there’s always a little slice of doubt whenever you arrive at the airport.
That split second when you can’t find it feels like it will last for an eternity in the worst possible way. Of course, you’d have to be a bit of a fool to forget the one thing that you need to travel, but rushing around in an attempt to prepare yourself for such an event is always a struggle.
7 “I Can’t See Our Gate”
The board that tells you about your gate always seems to be on the wrong page whenever you look up. Then, there’s an inner monologue that seems to dictate you’re imagining things, or perhaps that your flight has already left, or something equally as ridiculous pops into your mind an excuse.
One way or another it should be regarded as a source of frustration, especially if you’re jetting off in a big airport. If that’s the case, then it could take half an hour before you actually work out where it is you’re going.
6 “Would You Like A Free Sample?”
Duty-free is great in a general sense because you’re able to save a bit of money whilst buying products that you may otherwise believe to be out of your price range. Alas, while we appreciate the setup, we don’t really enjoy the constant stream of employees looking to offer us free samples.
If we are the ones to initiate that conversation then it’s fine, but it appears as if they will latch onto you if you come within a certain radius of their space – and no, we aren’t exaggerating.
5 “Come On, Let’s Queue Up”
One aspect of airport etiquette that we will never understand is the process of queuing up for your flight once you get to the gate.
All you’re doing is wasting time because it’s not like you’re going to get a better seat based on whether or not you get on quicker than others. The plane isn’t going to leave any sooner, either, because they’ll still have to deal with waiting for the latecomers to get onto the plane. Just sit and wait until the queue is a bit smaller. Otherwise, you’re just being silly.
4 “Do You Have A Bigger Liquid Bag?”
This is for those amongst you that have so many liquids that it’s kind of hard to keep track. There are no stereotypes at play here because all of us can have liquids that we bring and we don’t even need, especially if we aren’t used to the prospect of traveling.
All these people need to do is just go and get a second bag, and maybe even a third one, but either way it makes us giggle every time. One of the primary reasons for that is because they always seem to be in a rush, but still.
3 “Final Call!”
There will never be a day that goes by in which some travelers are not so late to their gate that the dreaded final call announcement is made. It often costs the airline and airport millions on a day to day and week to week basis, and while it may look cool in television shows and movies, it never quite works out that way in reality.
Our favorite part is when they’re quite literally screaming it, to the point where even if you were late to your gate, you probably wouldn’t even want to go at the risk of being well and truly scolded.
2 “Which Way Do We Go?”
The worst thing that you can be faced with at an airport is a complicated path to get all the way through to your gate. It starts off at the entrance, then goes to the drop-off point, then to check-in, and then you need to negotiate your way through to security, all before you can start to relax.
The confusion that is caused, especially if you haven’t been to the airport in question before, is annoying. We’re all in this together, folks, and we feel your pain – when you’re supposed to be at ease.
1 “Anyone For A Drink?”
Ah, the pre-flight drink. It’s one of those traditions that go back over plenty of years, and we absolutely love it. You don’t have to go to any extremes, but heading for the bar in order to increase the excitement for your trip is part of the fun – and part of the journey in general.
It’s especially key if you’re heading on a long haul, because with such a long flight ahead of you, there need to be preparations made, and doing so over a pint or two is a great way of doing that.