Return your seat back to the upright position!

Hello from our nation’s warm and sunny Capitol! It’s been quite awhile since my last travel rant, and after yesterday’s short stint in the skies, I am ready for another little rant.

1) Don’t stand, don’t stand so close to me! The seating area for my flight yesterday morning was packed with obnoxious businessmen (more on that in a sec) sprawled out all over the place. To get a little quiet with my pricey iced coffee, I walked as far away as I could get without leaving the area to stand against a wall where there were no people. Until a girl decided to come and stand a foot away from me and then proceeded to call everyone she knew. Who wants to chat at 6:40 am?! Give me my space bubble, girlfriend.

2)The title of this post says it all. The passenger in front of me threw his seat back. . . before we took off. He was European, so unless he got here on a boat, he has flown at least once before. He proceeded to sit forward and back for about 15 minutes, crashing into my bag and knees until I politely asked him to stop.

He didn’t so I spent the flight putting my tray table up and down and kneeing him in the back. Mature, I know. He may have had his seat back, but he wasn’t getting any sleep on my watch.

3) Yes, you still have to take your laptop out of your bag and your shoes off, experienced business traveler. No, you can’t bring that full 32 ounce water through security. Catch the news lately?

4) Tuna sandwiches, spraying perfume, and doing your nails should all be prohibited in the air.

5) And finally. . . what is up with men and any sort of travel?! Maybe it’s just Boston men and the experiences I have had recently, but holy rude! The morning airport scene at the shuttle flights was a sea of men in matching suits, all trying their best to talk louder and guffaw more than one another, doing skeezy once-overs of the few women in the area, cutting in front of little old ladies, and watching as women struggled to put bags in the overhead.

My favorite was the mid 20’s chap who whined and whined at the poor woman making ALL of the food for the only restaurant in the terminal. He needed TWO grape jellies and couldn’t wait. Wah.


It was an otherwise smooth flight and quick cab ride through DC to the conference hotel. I don’t think much about it, but being here makes me feel proud. It is such a cool, historic city!

Do you have any recent travel gripes? Or am I being curmudgeonly? Smile

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  1. Brian Knowles’s avatar

    Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this morning. Can relate to this all too well.


  2. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

    No, my dear, you are NOT being curmudgeonly–you’re just telling the truth about air travel these days. I would like to run an air travel etiquette class at every airport in the country. Every passenger would be required to take the class before being allowed to inflict himself on other passengers!


  3. Michelle’s avatar

    Can we add parents who let their kids run wild in the sitting area before the flight? Annoying!


  4. Kelly’s avatar

    Lol I feel the same way about personal space… and I like my phone and all, but who calls people at 6:40 in the morning? I’m up- but I don’t talk on the phone at that hour lol. Anyway sorry about the guy in front of you- thank goodness you weren’t on a cross country flight or something. And by the way, you tried to be mature and he did not respond so then being immature is allowed!


  5. Shani’s avatar

    My worst travel story. In 2000 I had a work assignment in Sydney right in the middle of the Olympics and I flew in the day after the opening ceremony. It was hard for me to get a seat, I was seated between two people who spoke no English, in a middle seat in a 747. Right at the beginning, they settled around me, then the man pulled up his pant leg to show his wife his….debilitating skin disease on his calf. Oh dear.

    Neither of them would let me out of my seat for the whole of the flight, they absolutely refused to move. I thought my bladder was going to pull a Tycho Brahe on me.

    I am definitely not above pulling the tray table trick myself.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      That is horrible! I would have gotten in a fight with them!


    2. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      People are the worst. That’s why I don’t go anywhere. EVER.


    3. Megan’s avatar

      I had a rough day on the T not too along and was getting mad at the world because everyone was annoying me, and then when I went to switch trains, a guy in front of me stepped aside and let me on the train ahead of him. It’s a small gesture, but it was enough for me, that day, to undo all the selfish behavior of others.


    4. Judy’s avatar

      Oh, I should tell you about my flight to Italy. You’d feel a lot better. Started with a hair in my nasty sandwich and went downhill from there. I thought I was going to have to stay there forever since I never wanted to get on another plane. I guess there are worse places to be stuck!


    5. Di’s avatar

      People are so obnoxious sometimes. Seriously.

      One guy once had his shoes off (in the middle of the summer) and put his foot on my armrest (he was sitting behind me). That would’ve been okay if his foot wasn’t RIGHT NEXT TO MY ARM. Like, really guy? No need to stick your foot so far onto the armrest that it’s really in my seat with me. That’s rude. And gross.


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        That is vile! I would have caused a major incident in that situation.


      2. Daisy’s avatar

        you are not curmudgeony! same gripes happening on my end, especially the business suit men. they barked at my friend and I, oh they were so rude, and clearly from texas hence the accents and we were flying to dallas. I’ll save the story for in person. ;)


      3. alicia’s avatar

        Hahaha – airline travel exposes you to some of the rudest people. I love how logan airport breaks everyone up into different categories to go through security (experienced traveller, etc) but its pretty clear that nobody ever reads the signs…..


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