Skip to comments.What's the Biggest Pet Peeve Among Air Travelers?
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 TripAdvisors 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.
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#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!
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.
ANYONE under 6’6” has NO reason to complain. So zip it.
I hate flying midget-class. Can’t afford first-class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They do charge for bags, which sucks.
That’s me Brother.
If it’s ten hours or less I drive.
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.
#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.
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......
My favorite peeve? The thieving maggots at TSA.
“....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!
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.
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!
Needing to crack a humongous fart, knowing it is advisable by the AMA...but knowing your cabin mates will not appreciate it.
My Pet Peeves:
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 cant drive there, I wont go there. I will take a plane to Europe, but only because I can’t swim that far. Yes, Retirement is Outstanding!!!!
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.
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...
Miami International Airport, nuff said.
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.
THAT ! !
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Why would they do that? Are the miles really worth it, especially these days?
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.
here is a wild one...
I have used that site to get fantastic deals on airfares - but I can’t do those crazy mileage runs
Doesn’t bother us...we like the leg room, and having one side free of another persons body...most of the time...
Crack em if you got em.
Can we use that for an early December Honolulu flight from west coast???
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!
If you fly and are flexible you can use this site to help search for airfares.
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.
OMG - you’re on flyertalk?
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?
The other air travelers/passengers.
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. : )