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2010-07-22 12:52:20 PM
What's really odd to me is why the old mystique that air travel is supposed to be an exotic experience in excess and luxury still exists. It's been like riding the bus for near three decades now.

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2010-07-22 12:52:25 PM
The best are those flights where you and the passenger seated beside you never once acknowledge or even look at each other during the entire 3-hour flight but spend the entire duration locked in a grim and silent struggle for the armrest.
 
2010-07-22 01:03:24 PM
Shopping online for lowest possible price, wasting hours looking to save $20
While on plane, would gladly pay another $50 for a few inches of leg room.

Lower costs help in diminishing room, services.

Guy behind you wants the seat up, guy behind wants to recline it. Everybody miserable.

Resort to drinking to resolve it.
 
2010-07-22 01:07:02 PM
Pocket Ninja: The best are those flights where you and the passenger seated beside you never once acknowledge or even look at each other during the entire 3-hour flight but spend the entire duration locked in a grim and silent struggle for the armrest fatroll sandwich of sweaty, panting human lard spilling over the armrests into your seat
 
2010-07-22 01:24:23 PM
FTA: There's the lady trying to stuff a steamer trunk into an overhead bin in the front of the cabin when her seat is in the back...

One of my personal pet peeves. What is with these people?
 
2010-07-22 02:45:03 PM
Kimothy: One of my personal pet peeves. What is with these people?

They think it'll be quicker and more convenient to just grab the bag on their way out. This is bullsh*t because it doesn't take but a few seconds to grab a backpack out of the overhead bin above your seat. If your bag is much bigger than that, you need to check it. If you don't like the fees, too bad.
 
2010-07-22 02:59:57 PM
I'm to the point where i just put my toothbrush in my pocket and buy more clothes when I get there

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2010-07-22 03:12:06 PM
It's because it is too cheap to fly now and folks that use to be on a Greyhound bus are now crammed into the seat next to you.
 
2010-07-22 03:13:17 PM
My last flight, I couldn't get enough fresh air out of the nozzle above my head to overcome the fumes from the guy next to me.

Is it so hard to bathe before getting on an airplane?
 
2010-07-22 03:13:51 PM
I was watching Home Alone with my little boy the other day...nothing beats Netflix streaming on a rainy day...anyway, I had to laugh in the scene where the adults in the family are in first class, eating what looks like a large meal complete with real crystal S/P shakers, asking for free wine, etc..

ah...the good ol' days...before you paid $50 for a ticket but $450 in mostly unavoidable fees.
 
2010-07-22 03:14:06 PM
When people are fighting to pay bottom dollar, they really shouldn't expect top-dollar service. I'm just happy if I don't get a screaming baby or the middle aged guy who starts making up lies about what a jet-setter he is for his high-profile job in hopes of impressing the college girl next to him.
 
2010-07-22 03:15:14 PM
And don't you DARE call the stewardess a waitress.
 
2010-07-22 03:15:54 PM
ShillinTheVillain: When people are fighting to pay bottom dollar, they really shouldn't expect top-dollar service.

Premium services aren't quite what they used to be either, although they're still much better than coach.
 
2010-07-22 03:16:05 PM
Other people always make the thing you love less fun to do.
 
2010-07-22 03:16:06 PM
DistendedPendulusFrenulum: What's really odd to me is why the old mystique that air travel is supposed to be an exotic experience in excess and luxury still exists. It's been like riding the bus for near three decades now.

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Just yesterday there was a pretty interesting article in the WSJ that the "golden age of flying" is pretty much a myth. Yeah, there were a few inches more legroom and the flight attendants (then referred to as "stewardesses") were hot. But flights were harder to find, more stopovers were required, the flights were bumpier and slower, the food sucked and it was as expensive as all hell.

/always be suspicious whenever someone gets nostalgic about the "good old days" in any aspect of life
 
2010-07-22 03:16:15 PM
Air travel is one of the most annoying things in my life, however with enough drinks and a knowledge of how people used to travel before flying its possible to make it through only mildly annoyed.
 
2010-07-22 03:16:57 PM
It's the douche bags who are too farking cheap to chek a bag and insist on carrying on two large bags and stuffing them both in the overhead compartment.

That's right. I'm talking about you pin head. You know who you are and everyone else who checked thier bags, or went through the trouble to pack correclty think that you're a dick. A big fat smelly dick.

Sure. go ahead. give me some answer about how you travel all the time...blah blah blah....or how the airline lost your luggage...boo farking who. Fark you dick. or maybe you actualy think that you're an exception? Fark you luggage whore. You're a dick. I hate you.


Mark mny words. Carry on luggage will destroy this country. Destroy it I tell you!
 
2010-07-22 03:17:14 PM
its my damn seat, I paid for it, I can lean it back if I want to...

/all the other traits/habits are bad
 
2010-07-22 03:17:42 PM
Kim-Chi_and_Blaze: Air travel is one of the most annoying things in my life, however with enough drinks and a knowledge of how people used to travel before flying its possible to make it through only mildly annoyed.

Yeah...play a game of Oregon Trail. Back in the day you lost half your family to dysentary to get across the country. Now if people don't have WiFi they get their panties in a bunch.
 
2010-07-22 03:17:56 PM
Super Chronic: DistendedPendulusFrenulum: What's really odd to me is why the old mystique that air travel is supposed to be an exotic experience in excess and luxury still exists. It's been like riding the bus for near three decades now.

.

Just yesterday there was a pretty interesting article in the WSJ that the "golden age of flying" is pretty much a myth. Yeah, there were a few inches more legroom and the flight attendants (then referred to as "stewardesses") were hot. But flights were harder to find, more stopovers were required, the flights were bumpier and slower, the food sucked and it was as expensive as all hell.

/always be suspicious whenever someone gets nostalgic about the "good old days" in any aspect of life


But you could farking SMOKE on an airplane.
 
2010-07-22 03:19:05 PM
www.gadgetduck.com (new window)

When you only have 17" of leg room, that 3" recline makes a difference.

/don't need a special gadget since my knees are already folded up and jammed against the seat in front of me
 
2010-07-22 03:19:12 PM
jehovahs witness protection: And don't you DARE call the stewardess a waitress.

Paul Westerberg disagrees
 
2010-07-22 03:19:15 PM
cheap tickets, the mean and unwashed masses, no smoking, yet the farting continues
 
2010-07-22 03:19:43 PM
jehovahs witness protection: And don't you DARE call the stewardess a waitress.

And don't your dare call the flight attendant a stewardess
 
2010-07-22 03:20:01 PM
ShillinTheVillain: I'm just happy if I don't get a screaming baby

I'd pay a good bit more to fly on flights where these were banned. Your kid is screaming? Fine, we're diverting to the nearest airport and kicking your ass off of the plane for being unruly.
 
2010-07-22 03:20:56 PM
Nugent, a hospital laundry consultant who's on the road most days of the year....

Seriousfarkingly this is a job??

I weep at the thought of professions I have missed to this point. Many controlled substance experiments I have let slip through my fingers, and some jizz as well.

I'm working on a business plan the rest of the night.
 
2010-07-22 03:22:29 PM
aim57: Nugent, a hospital laundry consultant who's on the road most days of the year....

Seriousfarkingly this is a job??

I weep at the thought of professions I have missed to this point. Many controlled substance experiments I have let slip through my fingers, and some jizz as well.

I'm working on a business plan the rest of the night.


Keep in mind they probably make jack squat in income
 
2010-07-22 03:22:39 PM
H0llyw00d: its my damn seat, I paid for it, I can lean it back if I want to...

Only if it doesn't recline into the space I paid for with my seat.

Airlines: selling two people the same space.
 
2010-07-22 03:22:58 PM
Excen: But you could farking SMOKE on an airplane.

Ever been on an old airplane that was used for smoking flights?

There's a thin yellow film of nicotine covering the walls. Yummy.

/and you thought the fat dude next to you was disgusting
 
2010-07-22 03:23:11 PM
Peter Juhren, 52, who travels 175,000 miles a year for his job, says he's had to ask passengers to more gently tap the console on the back of his seat. "Sometimes you get somebody behind you, especially when they're playing a game ... and they're just pounding away," says Juhren

RIMS!

What idiot thought it was a good idea to put user input for games on the back of my headrest? Are you kidding me?
 
2010-07-22 03:23:47 PM
Party Boy: Shopping online for lowest possible price, wasting hours looking to save $20
While on plane, would gladly pay another $50 for a few inches of leg room.

Lower costs help in diminishing room, services.

Guy behind you wants the seat up, guy behind wants to recline it. Everybody miserable.

Resort to drinking to resolve it.


Best read in the voice of Rorschach...
 
2010-07-22 03:23:55 PM
www.freecouponmomma.com
 
2010-07-22 03:24:11 PM
FTFA:

DeStefano, who runs the sales force of a consumer products business, says he's also bothered by the sight of men who won't help elderly women or mothers who are struggling with their bags.

"You should fly as though your mother's with you," he says. "Would she expect you to pass gas? No. Would she expect you to get the bag? Yes."



Thanks, but no thanks. If I followed that rule, I wouldn't try to drink as much as possible if I'm upgraded to first class, and I wouldn't watch R-rated movies on my DVD player.

/That being said, being polite is the way to go.
 
2010-07-22 03:24:15 PM
While airlines may be cutting services to stay alive, I feel (as a frequent traveller) that most of what makes air travel annoying are the passengers.

Air travel used to be a luxury but it's now very easy for anyone to fly.

There are things that are sometimes out of control of the airlines or the staff on duty and passengers feel it's ok to be rude to them.

Had one lady hold up a security line arguing with a TSA rep about how many liquids she was carrying. She thought because it was in a 'clear plastic bag' even though it was the size of a shoe box that it was ok for her to take it on the plane.

Then there are those that take up the overhead space with a coat or a small bag because they want the legroom while people with carryons can't find room. On one flight the staff started removing the small bags, telling passengers to claim them and put them under their seat or they would be checked.

A recent flight was delayed due to mechanical issues and tornados in the area. They cancelled the flight and rebooked everyone on new flights. One guy biatched and moaned because he paid for an upgrade and insisted he get it. They told him to call customer service and they would refund his money but the guy still chose to be a douche.
 
2010-07-22 03:24:31 PM
Aah, for the days when aviation was a gentleman's pursuit -- back before every Joe Sweatsock could wedge himself behind a lunch tray and jet off to Raleigh-Durham.
 
2010-07-22 03:25:25 PM
raygundan: Only if it doesn't recline into the space I paid for with my seat.

There was some company who had designed a seat where the actual seat slid forward to accommodate the recline and didn't recline into the passenger seated behind's area.

Don't know if they ever sold many or if any airline even uses them.
 
2010-07-22 03:25:27 PM
Rapmaster2000: jet off to Raleigh-Durham

don't you talk bad about RDU
 
2010-07-22 03:25:51 PM
Excen: Super Chronic: DistendedPendulusFrenulum: What's really odd to me is why the old mystique that air travel is supposed to be an exotic experience in excess and luxury still exists. It's been like riding the bus for near three decades now.

.

Just yesterday there was a pretty interesting article in the WSJ that the "golden age of flying" is pretty much a myth. Yeah, there were a few inches more legroom and the flight attendants (then referred to as "stewardesses") were hot. But flights were harder to find, more stopovers were required, the flights were bumpier and slower, the food sucked and it was as expensive as all hell.

/always be suspicious whenever someone gets nostalgic about the "good old days" in any aspect of life

But you could farking SMOKE on an airplane.


You can still dip on airplanes. Its the entire reason the cross country flights I take aren't just straight withdrawal time.
 
2010-07-22 03:27:41 PM
Danger Mouse: It's the douche bags who are too farking cheap to chek a bag and insist on carrying on two large bags and stuffing them both in the overhead compartment.

That's right.
I'm talking about you pin head. You know who you are and everyone else who checked thier bags, or went through the trouble to pack correclty think that you're a dick. A big fat smelly dick.

Sure. go ahead. give me some answer about how you travel all the time...blah blah blah....or how the airline lost your luggage...boo farking who. Fark you dick. or maybe you actualy think that you're an exception? Fark you luggage whore. You're a dick. I hate you.

Mark mny words. Carry on luggage will destroy this country. Destroy it I tell you!


FTFY
 
2010-07-22 03:27:55 PM
Lamune_Baba: (new window)

When you only have 17" of leg room, that 3" recline makes a difference.

/don't need a special gadget since my knees are already folded up and jammed against the seat in front of me


How do you feel about removing a function of the seat that the customer paid for in front of you?

If you are too fat, you buy two seats. if you are too tall, .. well, you know where this is going.
 
GBB
2010-07-22 03:27:56 PM
DistendedPendulusFrenulum: I'm to the point where i just put my toothbrush in my pocket and buy more clothes when I get there

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Yeah, cause them toothbrushes are EXPENSIVE... can't chance it.
 
2010-07-22 03:27:56 PM
Glenechocreek

I'll see your

[NyQuil]

and raise you

liquor.com
 
2010-07-22 03:28:03 PM
craigmoz: Then there are those that take up the overhead space with a coat or a small bag because they want the legroom while people with carryons can't find room. On one flight the staff started removing the small bags, telling passengers to claim them and put them under their seat or they would be checked.

If I paid to check my large bag you can bet your ass my small laptop bag IS going in the overhead - Not on the floor in front of me. I checked my bag so I could have leg room.
 
2010-07-22 03:28:11 PM
Kim-Chi_and_Blaze: You can still dip on airplanes.

Most airlines ban smokeless tobacco, so no, you can't.
 
2010-07-22 03:28:19 PM
FTFA: "When Mike Nugent flies, nothing annoys him more than settling into his seat, the plane taking off, and the passenger in front reclining into his lap. So he's come up with a solution. 'I put my knee right in the middle of the back of the seat,' Nugent, 66, says."

OK, I give up. Which one is rude and which one isn't?
 
2010-07-22 03:29:06 PM
SideshowRaheem: What idiot thought it was a good idea to put user input for games on the back of my headrest?

I've not had that experience but one thing that does drive me nuts is morons who think they must lift their ass off their seat using my seat back, usually when I'm about to drift off to sleep.

I've found most people are totally clueless as to why you're giving them the stink-eye over it too.
 
2010-07-22 03:29:25 PM
slykens1: raygundan: Only if it doesn't recline into the space I paid for with my seat.

There was some company who had designed a seat where the actual seat slid forward to accommodate the recline and didn't recline into the passenger seated behind's area.

Don't know if they ever sold many or if any airline even uses them.


After the last few planes I've been on, I suspect seats are on a 50-year replacement cycle, so it might be a while before we see any seat innovations appear in an aircraft. The cracked, discolored 1970s leather-and-orange-polyester seats made it seem like I was in some sort of half-scale model of a greyhound bus.
 
2010-07-22 03:30:09 PM
slykens1: raygundan: Only if it doesn't recline into the space I paid for with my seat.

There was some company who had designed a seat where the actual seat slid forward to accommodate the recline and didn't recline into the passenger seated behind's area.

Don't know if they ever sold many or if any airline even uses them.


They're not used because on airplanes with a 30" seat pitch, anyone over 5'10" will end up with broken knees.
 
2010-07-22 03:30:22 PM
H0llyw00d: its my damn seat, I paid for it, I can lean it back if I want to...

/all the other traits/habits are bad


If you're seated directly in front of me and decide to jerk your seat back when I have a full drink resting on the tray, you can expect me to roll up my copy of The Economist...actually, no, I'll keep that and roll up the Skymall in the seat pocket instead and perform a UMIA on you.
 
2010-07-22 03:30:25 PM
Kim-Chi_and_Blaze: Air travel is one of the most annoying things in my life, however with enough drinks and a knowledge of how people used to travel before flying its possible to make it through only mildly annoyed.

Pretty much this. You have to just accept the fact that a trip to the airport means hours of time just sitting around while flights get messed up, and paying premium prices for mediocre food.

Anyone care to compile a Fark list of airport tricks?

Minneapolis: There is an "experienced traveler" line at the extreme rightmost security check. It is always shorter than any other line in my experience. I guess most Minnesotans are too polite to get in it.

Newark Terminal C: There are three(?) security checkpoints with separate approach points where you can't visually compare them for line length. You have to go practically all the way to the curbside to get from one to the other. The middle one is where the noobs queue up and it gets to be the longest.
 
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