Flying is a scary prospect for some people; that said, being terrified is completely different from being outright annoyed. Today we're going to be taking a look at why some folks really do struggle with the concept, and why a lot of them would much rather just sit back and find another form of transportation to take them from point A to point B.
From a convenience standpoint, you could argue that it cannot be beaten in any way, shape or form, but we're here to play the devil's advocate. So buckle up, because it's time to take off (sorry).
The majority of people need to go to the toilet from time to time when you’re in the air because let’s face it, it’s just a natural part of life. Even with that being the case, though, it’s not always the easiest thing to do – which sounds unusual, but allow us to explain.
If you’re located in the window or middle seat, you’re having to climb over one or two people just to get into the walkway before even reaching the toilet. If you’re in the aisle, you’ll find yourself constantly getting up to allow others to pass, especially if you’re on a long haul.
Turbulence is one of the worst sensations related to flying and we wouldn’t wish it on our worst enemies. It seems like a myth when you hear it from other people, but when you get it bad, turbulence truly can be one of the most revolting experiences.
The sensation of being thrown from side to side isn’t exactly one anyone would be eager to repeat, and even once is too much. Turbulence is a part of flying, but not one that anyone cares for.
This may be seen as a rarity, but it can often depend on the kind of airline you’re traveling with – although that’s not universally the case. If you are forced to deal with unprofessional staff during your time on the plane, it can be really frustrating trying to get anything done.
Be it them knocking into you by accident as they go past, being really rude and sarcastic, or seeming not to care about their etiquette when they’re in the air; an airplane's staff can make or break the experience.
If you’re addicted to your phone then this one is certainly going to hit a nerve, and it’ all because of two very irritating words: Airplane mode. It’s the function on any given phone that ensures you aren’t able to do anything on your mobile outside of playing a few games.
Sure, if there is an entertainment system then it isn’t all too bad, but for people who have quite a bad addiction to the likes of Twitter and Instagram, it can legitimately be difficult for them to tear themselves away from that world.
Not all plane food is disgusting, but it’s not exactly five stars either. Even when you’re quite literally on a five-star experience kind of plane. There just seems to be something missing, and most of the time it’s the taste and texture.
Plus, once you’ve finished with your meal, a lot of airlines take an absolute age just to come and collect it from you. It’s not comfortable, it’s awkward, and - more often than not - food and drink will be dropped all over the place. It needs to be sorted.
If you’ve paid for extra legroom, then this isn’t going to matter all too much. Unfortunately, not all of us can afford such a luxury. On cheaper airlines especially it can be really easy to get stuck with little to no legroom, which can often lead to one of the more uncomfortable journeys of your life.
It can hurt your back as well as your legs due to the position that you’re forced to sit in, with most passengers taking every single possible opportunity to stand up and stretch their legs as much as humanly possible.
If you’re of age, then it can often be quite fun to go and have a drink or two before you get on the plane. It’s innocent enough and actually tends to relax a lot of folks (especially if they’re afraid of flying). However, sometimes, it can be taken a step too far.
Drunk passengers are annoying at the best of times and at the worst, they can be a little bit frightening. From causing the plane to make an emergency landing all the way through to being aggressive, it’s not pleasant.
Whether it’s an overpriced bag or a ‘complimentary’ bag of nuts that didn’t actually turn out to be complementary, airlines will take you for all that they can get, and the same logic applies to the airports themselves. It isn’t exactly fair, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
You have to prepare for these surprise charges before you even arrive at the airport, because if you don’t, then only trouble awaits. That trouble ranges from arguing with the staff to legitimately not being allowed on the plane itself.
Delays are more common than most people realize, mainly because the slightest thing can throw a plane's schedule into a frenzy. It’s easy for passengers to get annoyed and frustrated about it; in truth, the only time it really warrants a complaint is if they seem to be in no real hurry to get things started again. Or, you know, if you happen to miss an important meeting.
Allowing for a few hours of delays on the other side of your trip is the smartest thing you could possibly do because, otherwise, you could find yourself in quite the pickle.
This is different from the drunken entry, for obvious reasons. A lot of the time the children in question don’t actually mean to annoy us quite so much, and yet, they always manage to do so with flawless perfection.
It’s the kicking of the seats that is the most irritating because, despite it being unbelievably rude and stereotypical, it actually happens way more than it should.
Complaining may not seem like the cool thing to do, but if you want a pleasant flight experience, then it’s a necessary evil.