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What's the Biggest Pet Peeve Among Air Travelers?
Hindustan Times ^ | March 01, 2013

Posted on 03/03/2013 4:10:54 PM PST by nickcarraway

Uncomfortable seats and sky-high airline fees are among the top complaints among air travel passengers, according to the results of a consumer survey.

In TripAdvisor’s annual air travel poll, in addition to limited legroom and exorbitant ticket prices, 2,000 respondents in the US also named unpredictable flight delays, long security lines and “other passengers” -- notably loud, crying children -- the top five pet peeves about air travel. The survey also found that more US passengers will be flying the global skies this year, with 67 percent of respondents indicating they plan to take an international flight this year, compared to 56 percent in 2012.

The same is true of domestic fights, with 91 percent of respondents saying they plan to board a flight within the US -- up from 86 percent last year.

(Excerpt) Read more at hindustantimes.com ...


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1 posted on 03/03/2013 4:11:00 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

#1 with me...Excess baggage fees! Is Southwest can fly 2 bags (up to 50 lb. eacy) for FREE so can everyone else! Most airlines are SCREWING the flying public!


2 posted on 03/03/2013 4:16:26 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: nickcarraway

No leg room and sitting arm in arm with strangers isn’t my idea of a good flight.

I know air time is expensive, but they try to put too many people in that little space. First class is 3 times the cost of regular travel, That is more than exhorbitant.
I would certainly pay extra, but not 3 times extra.


3 posted on 03/03/2013 4:17:29 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

ANYONE under 6’6” has NO reason to complain. So zip it.

I hate flying midget-class. Can’t afford first-class.


4 posted on 03/03/2013 4:23:23 PM PST by bicyclerepair (I am 5' 18")
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To: nickcarraway

Loyalty programs that are becoming less and less loyal to the flying public. There really isn’t another company that could get away with diluting its product like the airlines and expect to keep its customers, at least the honest ones that don’t try to game the system.


5 posted on 03/03/2013 4:29:25 PM PST by erlayman
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To: Venturer

I don’t know why airlines do not create more business class seating. I would gladly pay 20 or 30% more for a seat made for someone of normal size.

Anyone 6’ or taller or over 200 pounds cannot possibly get reasonably comfortable.


6 posted on 03/03/2013 4:30:43 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: bicyclerepair

WRONG! I’m 5’2” and it is very uncomfortable being crammed into TOO SMALL SEATS AND NO LEG ROOM. I will gladly concede that larger people are more uncomfortable, but I am uncomfortable, too.

I am dreading a trip this summer that I plan to take with two men. They are a bit overweight and I am not skinny either. But I will be squished between them.

We cannot afford the higher prices of business. We will be very uncomfortable during the flight.


7 posted on 03/03/2013 4:32:12 PM PST by Jemian
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To: nickcarraway

We are flying soon...after not for a couple years....we pick aisle seats across from each other....no desire to be crammed in....I tolerate flying.....barely.


8 posted on 03/03/2013 4:33:50 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can add one. Those in seat video screens with the games that require the passenger to poke them repeatedly. That’s my back they’re poking. For hours. And hours.


9 posted on 03/03/2013 4:34:09 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: erlayman
I live in the Pacific Northwest and I like the Alaska Airlines program. Easy to redeem miles, easy to accrue them. One website. You make the reservations through the same system as if you were paying. You can use miles to buy discounted tickets. You get miles on both Delta and American.

They do charge for bags, which sucks.

10 posted on 03/03/2013 4:34:23 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Fzob

That’s me Brother.

If it’s ten hours or less I drive.


11 posted on 03/03/2013 4:34:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway

stale pretzels


12 posted on 03/03/2013 4:35:58 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Jemian; bicyclerepair; Venturer

BUMP your post, Jem.

5’4” 130 here and I almost always get a huge fatty seated next to me and half the time a non-English speaking huge fatty who brings native food on board in a paper sack. I can’t afford First Class either.


13 posted on 03/03/2013 4:40:17 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: nickcarraway

#1 for me is TSA - I hate the lines and the stupidity. #2 is the crowds and people sitting on floors.

I flew every week in the 80s and alot in the 90s I don’t remember planes being so crowded as much as they are today, and they were more profitable. I used to love flying now I dread it.


14 posted on 03/03/2013 4:42:25 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t have a pet peeve because I refuse to take a plane anywhere. If I can’t drive there, I won’t go there.

I’ve been everywhere foreign I’ve ever wanted to go. This is a beautiful country from coast to coast, and there are many parts of it that I haven’t seen. Since we’re retired, and have reliable cars, we’re free to get up and go when we want to.

Retirement is good......


15 posted on 03/03/2013 4:46:14 PM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: nickcarraway
What's the Biggest Pet Peeve Among Air Travelers?

My favorite peeve? The thieving maggots at TSA.

A Rogues' Gallery of TSA Agents

16 posted on 03/03/2013 4:50:27 PM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: goodnesswins

“....we pick aisle seats across from each other”

DH and I do that, too. It works well.

My biggest peeve is TSA. Dreadful, wretched people!


17 posted on 03/03/2013 4:52:29 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: nickcarraway

You are probably referring to US carriers, none of which have over 3 stars. (http://www.airlinequality.com/StarRanking)/5star.htm
Fortunately, I can now fly where I want, using five star carriers, Asiana and Qatar. There are only six in the world.

My last US flight was Paris to Atlanta on Delta. That was 9 years ago. It was as expected...lousy.
The stew was snotty, and charged me several bucks, just for a Coke.


18 posted on 03/03/2013 4:53:19 PM PST by AlexW
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To: onyx

I AM willing to pay more for coach if I can get more leg room. I do pay for the premium seats when the seats are available. On a 13-hour flight, it makes a huge difference.

A few times, I have paid extra and flown business. The larger seats and leg room is wonderful!


19 posted on 03/03/2013 4:56:55 PM PST by Jemian
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To: nickcarraway

Needing to crack a humongous fart, knowing it is advisable by the AMA...but knowing your cabin mates will not appreciate it.


20 posted on 03/03/2013 4:59:28 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: basil; nickcarraway

My Pet Peeves:
1. TSA
2. No leg room
3. Charge for Bags
4. Did I say TSA

I now refuse to take a plane to anywhere in the USA. If I can’t drive there, I won’t go there. I will take a plane to Europe, but only because I can’t swim that far. Yes, Retirement is Outstanding!!!!


21 posted on 03/03/2013 5:10:33 PM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416 "It’s one thing to make a law, It’s another to enforce it.")
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To: nickcarraway
Easy: people who need to check a bag and refuse to, and instead try and cram a "carry-on" the size of a steamer trunk into the overhead bin, while holding up 100 people in line behind them, and think nothing of it.

This has been going on well before baggage fees. Why they don't strictly enforce maximum carry-on sizes for efficiency in boarding is beyond me.

22 posted on 03/03/2013 5:13:22 PM PST by Ackackadack
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To: goodnesswins

I never understood the whole aisle seating thing.

Yes, you can get the to the restroom easier, but being bumped by flight attendants, their carts and anyone else who has to use the head is definitely more of a hassle than sitting by the window.

In my opinion anyway...


23 posted on 03/03/2013 5:13:28 PM PST by FatherFig1o155 (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.)
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To: nickcarraway

Miami International Airport, nuff said.


24 posted on 03/03/2013 5:14:04 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: RoosterRedux
. . . knowing it is advisable by the AMA . . .

Do you have a link for that? I would surely like to print out that AMA advisory and show it to my wife on those necessary occasions.

25 posted on 03/03/2013 5:15:12 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: nickcarraway

             

26 posted on 03/03/2013 5:17:23 PM PST by tomkat
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To: basil
If I can’t drive there, I won’t go there.

THAT ! !

27 posted on 03/03/2013 5:18:56 PM PST by tomkat
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If you feel the need to recline all the way back onto my kneecaps then don’t you dare turn around to bitch at me because your seat back is frequently jostled.

I’ll share the arm rest. Lets both acknowledge one another’s need to have a comfortable spot to rest an elbow for half of the flight.

As your row mate sitting next to you, you’ll notice I sit still and resist the urge to constantly squirm around and fiddle about so as not to bother you. Kindly return the favor.

Baby’s scream after the door is closed and when beginning the decent because the air pressure charges within the fuselage and that in their inner ears isn’t equalized. it’s excruciatingly painful as I experienced on one flight, except it happened it within my sinus cavity due to a cold. Adults know to yawn or chew gum to help equalize the pressure buildup within the ear canal. A pacifier or bottle for the very young flier works wonders to alleviate the problem. Use one..


28 posted on 03/03/2013 5:21:55 PM PST by Orbiter
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To: nickcarraway
Everything is amazing, but nobody is happy
29 posted on 03/03/2013 5:27:31 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: nickcarraway

Last nine years I have done a lot of flying. It varies from year to year. Some years ten legs, some years 70.

85% on Southwest. Kansas City, Midway, Phoenix, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Denver.

I was also flying during the 9/11 period. I saw the adjustments and the missteps.

I am 6’1’, 220 lbs, size 48 long. I always get an aisle seat but try to sit toward the front and get any coat off and stowed. I see a lot of people that make it hard on themselves. To much carryon, bringing food that is too aromatic and a bother to others, unreasonable expectations as to the flying experience and boarding.

I have had luggage delayed, been blown off runways, blown a tire when landing, been snowed into the airport, missed flights a couple of times only, been soaked to the bone trying to catch a cab and then set drenched on the plane, and had two near miss incidents.

I don’t have a problem flying. I bring a good book, keep a good atitude and try and help others and it makes all the difference. Probably about 700 flights in the last 15 years overall — its the attitude and the spirit of being helpful and kind.


30 posted on 03/03/2013 5:35:08 PM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: nickcarraway

On the last flight my wife and I were sitting behind two morons who decided to fully recline their sits during the meal service. I hate long flights. I wish there was an oceanic railroad.


31 posted on 03/03/2013 5:35:08 PM PST by driftless2
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To: nickcarraway

There are people that fly simply to gain miles. www.Flyertalk.com

They might fly to Singapore just for a night.

I could NEVER do it.


32 posted on 03/03/2013 5:40:51 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: basil
"retirement is good"

I'll heartily second that. My wife and I have gone over the West and parts of Canada in the last eleven years. Reach 62 and you can buy a lifetime National Parks pass. Some people drive to get to some place. We drive to see the sights while getting to some place. Many times the getting there is more fun than the arrival. But we do love the Nat Parks and monuments.

33 posted on 03/03/2013 5:40:51 PM PST by driftless2
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To: EXCH54FE

For me it’s the undersized wings on the airplanes. Every time I fly I look at those wings and say to myself “no way they can produce enough lift to get this tube off the ground”.

I would prefer they went back to biplanes (plus, I’m not too comfortable with jet engines).


34 posted on 03/03/2013 5:42:50 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: RummyChick

Why would they do that? Are the miles really worth it, especially these days?


35 posted on 03/03/2013 5:47:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: basil

Re your post 15, that’s me. I, too, have seen a number of foreign countries (mostly those in Europe), and I have no desire to see any more. I am retired and am seeing the USA in my car.

I last flew in October 2000 and absolutely will not support the airline industry, which seems to have no problem with the TSA. Lowlifes.


36 posted on 03/03/2013 5:53:06 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: nickcarraway

here is a wild one...

flying to Hawaii BACK TO BACK
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mileage-run-deals/1444131-mr-mon-fri-ua-ewr-hnl-ewr-x4-415-00-x4-4-1-cpm-39-616-miles.html

I have used that site to get fantastic deals on airfares - but I can’t do those crazy mileage runs


37 posted on 03/03/2013 5:54:16 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: FatherFig1o155

Doesn’t bother us...we like the leg room, and having one side free of another persons body...most of the time...


38 posted on 03/03/2013 5:55:00 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Hoodat
Scientists support breaking wind on the airplane

Crack em if you got em.

39 posted on 03/03/2013 5:57:02 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: RummyChick

Can we use that for an early December Honolulu flight from west coast???


40 posted on 03/03/2013 5:57:06 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: nickcarraway
1. Baggage Fees
2. Tarmac Time (waiting for plane authorization to fly causing missed connections)
3. Dirty planes
4. Not knowing if after you've bought your tickets, prices will decrease
5. Sitting in front of a child that either cries or kicks your seat the entire trip
6. Connections between flights too tight to get food
7. Fellow passengers obviously sick or sneezing nearby
8. Picking the slowest TSA line
9. Missing the old days when people dressed up to take a plane

41 posted on 03/03/2013 6:01:38 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: onyx

You and I are close to the same size and I have been crammed between fatties too often. People who are really fat should be required to buy 2 seats instead of hanging over the arm rest into my space. The tall long legged guys don’t crowd me but I know they are uncomfortable. The rest rooms on Southwest are so narrow that fatties have to back in. How embarrassing is that!

The other thing I dread is sitting next to sick people, coughing and sneezing all over. ugh!


42 posted on 03/03/2013 6:04:04 PM PST by Ditter
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To: goodnesswins

If you fly and are flexible you can use this site to help search for airfares.
http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

However, I have learned that the trick to getting low airfares sometimes takes hours to find it and make it happen. My ridiculously low air fair to the UK took quite some time to put it all together.

Flyertalk is great for trying to find low fares because there are so many people who do those crazy mileage runs.


43 posted on 03/03/2013 6:08:04 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

OMG - you’re on flyertalk?


44 posted on 03/03/2013 6:39:40 PM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m dating myself but flying used to be a special occasion. People would actually get dressed up in suits and dresses to fly an airplane. They actually served you hot meals with real silverware and china. If you were nice to the stewardesses - and yes, they were all single women under 30 - they would pay special attention to you and slip you an extra mini-bottle of liquor or a pillow, maybe even make a date with you if they were coming off-shift. Pan Am and TWA were the biggest airlines and they were making oodles of money. What the heck happened over the past 40 years?


45 posted on 03/03/2013 6:44:28 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Vince Ferrer

So true!


46 posted on 03/03/2013 6:58:13 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: nickcarraway
What's the Biggest Pet Peeve Among Air Travelers?

The other air travelers/passengers.

47 posted on 03/03/2013 7:02:36 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: nickcarraway
I'm at about 1.5 million miles. My pet peeves? People that want to tell me how good it was “in the good old days” - yeah, I remember too - fewer people, better food, etc. The idea that “women in dresses and men in suits” made for a nicer flight is beyond me, but then again I remember gas station attendants with bow ties... Second pet peeve: fellow travelers who are assholes. Airlines can't do much about that without ending up in a law suit, but there are certain people that just shouldn't be allowed anywhere near public transportation, and it's not the people with kids or folks wearing gym shorts or girls with flip-flops, it's the people that are offended by them and want everyone to know what it was like “in the good old days”...
48 posted on 03/03/2013 8:32:44 PM PST by stormer
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To: KC Burke
You sound like a pretty right on guy. Traveling sometimes isn't fun, but I think people have taken for granted the ease of modern travel. My father was born in 1922; when he was a boy, the idea of him getting coast-to-coast in something under than a couple of days was incredible - when his parents were born it was almost quicker to sail around the horn than to go overland. Today, I can leave my home on the US West Coast at the same time my wife leaves for work, and be in Tokyo or Paris by the time she gets home. Pretty cool.
49 posted on 03/03/2013 8:51:22 PM PST by stormer
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To: stormer

I got an email about flying. It said a Muslim came to get in his seat when he notice the lady already seated next to him was reading her Bible. He complained that he could not be seated by an infidel and demanded another seat. The stewardess checked and said the only seat left was in first class. The guy was still standing and was very surprised when she turned to the lady and said since the policy was that people did not have to sit by undesirable people, for her to get her personal items together and follow her to her new seat in first class. Poor guy. : )


50 posted on 03/03/2013 9:05:50 PM PST by MamaB
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