Wednesday, December 9, 2009

what NOT to do while flying

I travel a lot. Some for work, some for fun - all on airplanes. I've had my fair share of odd events and awful travel buddies and thought I'd put together a little "What NOT to do while Flying." I'm sure one or more of these has happened to you too!


1. Please don't file your nails on the plane. How gross. The older man one seat ahead of me on Monday insisted on tearing his finger nails, filing them, and then admiring them. It took everything in me not to use bodily force to make him stop. The icing on this cluster of a cake was that he choose to flick the nails on the floor. Awesome.

2. Whistle While Flying. This happened to Guy and he's still scarred to this day. He sat next to an older gentleman that whistled the entire two hour flight. I'm talking full on, song after song, whistling. Guy called me when they landed and said he might not make it. His brain was rattled. We're guessing this is what they do to torture people to coax them into confessing.

3. Eat Smelly Foods. I'm not a fan of eating on a plane period but I understand there are times you have too. Even I break down and buy the Delta cheese plate from Atlanta to San Francisco because it's such a long flight. You don't, however, need to eat a bag of Doritos, banana, and onion straws on a 38 minute flight between Atlanta and Charleston. Lucky me - I got to sit next to the woman that felt this was necessary.

So tell me, what horror stories do you have from flying?!?


10 comments:

Heather said...

I hear ya on those! I hate when the person in front of you has the seat ALL the way back the entire flight so there head is in my lap!!

bananas. said...

hmmm...horror stories?? i don't really have one. actually, now that i think about it...i may have been someone's horror.

on my flight home from vegas one time, i passed out on the old man sitting next to me...i tend to drool when i'm out like that.

~KS said...

Oh no... this all sounds awful. Although, I'm not sure if any of it would actually bother me. I am always such a wreck when I fly that I would be too busy have my nervous breakdown to notice. Sheesh.

Kelly said...

WHAT!! Fingernails and whistling!!! Ahhh, I'm never going to fly again for fear of sitting next to those people! :-O
This past year when we flew to Vegas, there was a single mom next to us who had a very cranky 11/2 year old with NO TOYS. NOTHING. She let him play with a ball point pen and a soduko book (I was soo worried that he would poke his eye out!) I was nice enough to give my husband my ipod so he wouldn't have to deal. So sweet, huh? ;-)

Summer (BisforBrown) said...

fingernails and whistling? omg.

um...well, we were about to land and then the plane started to go back up. the flight attendent ran over and asked if we almost landed and then did not and we said yes. She then proceeds to run around screaming. "THAT IS NOT GOOD! THAT IS NOT GOOD."

Joanna Goddard said...

so funny! the nail-filing one made me laugh out loud. years ago, i sat next to a woman who was giving herself a full manicure, until the flight attendants told her that she was OF COURSE not allowed to use nail-polish remover on a flight!!!

Hi, Lane said...

We flew from Myrtle to ATL to LAX to Hawaii & back. All flights I had a window seat, except for our flight from LAX to ATL. It was from 2am-7am and I was sandwiched between my husband & a guy who was about 6'3" and probably 220 lbs. Do you know how long people that big's legs are? It was miserable. I slept on the fold out tray.

The Owl's Closet said...

yikes i gotta agree, filing ur nails on the plane and flicking it on to the floor is quite disgusting! whistled for 2 hours??? i didn't think that was possible LOL i admit i do sneak in snacks on the plane lol, but never anything that smelly haha! great post!

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*donna* said...

i have confess that i am probably someone you do not want to be on a plane with.....
i'm petrified of flying and have a habit of quoting statistics of how many fatal and non-fatal crashes have occurred with the specific airline with which i am flying.
sitting next to me could end up being fairly traumatic.
i'm sorry to any future flight neighbours - fear can do terrible things to a person :0)

Maggie said...

eating on planes is my BIGGEST PET PEEVE!
1. the smells in the recycled air are SICK
and
2. crunching/chewing/eating sounds make my skin crawl
once I guy sat next to me eating nasty food court chinese food. He spent 1/3 of the flight eating it and 2/3 of the flight burping it up. nightmares still...