When two passengers couldn’t cool their jets after a seat was reclined just a little bit too far on a United Airlines flight, it led to an Air Force-assisted landing and an unspecified amount of $3.03-per gallon jet fuel burnt out over the skies of Washington. (If you’re wondering why, did you know a 767 can take off with a load of fuel weighing more than 57 tons, but that it can’t land with it? Now you do.)
There’s nothing good about the wasted fuel, the ruined Sunday trip to Ghana for the 144 passengers or the reclining passenger’s slap to the head — but admit it: A tiny part of you identifies with the rage associated with someone basically going horizontal while you’re trying to enjoy your “SkyMall” catalogue.
I happen to believe that the worst of humanity comes out during air travel, from the minute you purchase the $350 ticket to the minute you board that cabin full of stale air. At the very least, you can be sure your day will be ruined by a pack of drooling, screaming children. At the very worst, your flight will be ruined by a guy with a bomb in his underwear who bargain shopped in an effort to ruin everyone’s Christmas affordably.
Most of the grievances come courtesy of the strangers sitting next to you. Over the holiday weekend, one offered a nonchalant reassurance that he wouldn’t molest our colleague Melissa while she slept on the flight.
The frequent fliers behind this blog want to hear about your in-flight pet peeves. Aggressive seat recliners, drooling sleepers, chatty strangers? TSA gropes? Sleeping air controllers? Tell us using #inflightgripes and we’ll post your replies back here.
#inflightgripes Dont think you are going to find a spot for that oversized bag in the overhead, when you are the last one on the plane! GRR
last week: the passenger sitting next to me drinking vodka at 8 in the morning #inflightgripes
People who grumble about kids are more irritating than the kids. The recline is there for a reason. Use it. #inflightgripes