As in any walk of life, among travelers, there are good guys and bad guys. Naturally, you and I fall squarely in the good-guy category; here, we’re all above average. Still, it’s worth considering what makes a bad actor, travel-wise, and reality-checking our own habits. You know, just in case.
As comprehensive a list of objectionable travel behaviors as you’ll find anywhere was just published by Business Insider, reflecting interviews with more than 60 working flight attendants.
Of course, the fact that something rankles a flight attendant doesn’t make it wrong. But flight attendants have a heightened sense of onboard propriety, and if something irritates them, it probably has a similar effect on others. And really, it’s always a good idea to avoid biting the hand that feeds you.
So, what do flight attendants find most annoying about their charges? In no particular order:
Comparing the list of gripes to my normal travel habits, I came away with a clean bill of behavior. Almost. On long flights, when seated in coach, I do make it a habit to hover in the galley or around the lavatories, to relieve the pressure on my backside and stimulate circulation in my extremities. I do my best to stay out of the way of crew-members attending to their duties, but I can understand that they’d probably prefer to have the area clear of pesky passengers. To which I’d respond: Give me a more comfortable seat, and I’ll happily stay in it. But I won’t say it out loud; flight attendants aren’t responsible for the design of coach-class seats or for layout of the cabin.
Far be it from me to bite the hand that feeds me.
Reader Reality Check
How many ways are you annoying your flight attendant?