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Real world pax: What maddens you ?

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Just flew into KDCA (in real life, I mean), US Air Shuttle A319. Perfect flight, nice aircraft! But pax next to me, by window, was on her BLACKBERRY 100% of the time. She totally ignored cabin crew calls to close down for t/o and landing, fiddled like a lunatic nonstop writing messages 10 miles long, scrolling, beeping, flashing. She didn't look out the window ONCE despite incredible departure views of Manhattan and amazing approach views of Potomac/D.C. She was a nervous wreck. Why'd she choose the window when I could've been there and enjoyed the whole flight more?Not my first time with a lunatic next to me. Seen plenty of others on all kindsa flights these past 40 years!What drives YOU crazy with RW pax ?JS

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Let me try a quick response before this gets moved to Hangar Chat---My one pet peeve is the "armrest hogs" in coach who arrange their elbows in such a way as to prevent you from sharing the armrest.I avoided this issue on one transcon flight once between BWI and Phoenix. We were warned that headwinds would make the flight six hours. And, since it was a SWA 737-7, there was no in flight entertainment other than my own walkman. Last, the flight was nearly full.Anyway, I boarded, and found a free window seat in a row where, for lack of a better word, the aisle passenger looked (and acted) like a gangbanger. He didn't even look me in the eye when I asked if the window seat was free and just grunted an answer that seemed to end with "know what I'm sayin". I took a gamble suspecting that no one would sit in the middle between us (for obvious reasons). I had human nature pegged on that flight--the only available seat was the one between us. People actually walked near the back of the plane where we were, and would turn around and choose other middle seats elsewhere.Never have I had a more peaceful long haul flight than that one. I wanted rest, and I had a passenger who cooperated by not socializing (although probably for all the wrong reasons) :)-John

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Nice one!Oho, so there is a hangar "chat" on AVISM, eh? I never even checked...!JS

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I LOVE window seats!!!!So what makes me MAD is when Im stuck in an aisle seat and the clown who has the window sits down, pulls down the blind and falls asleep........!~#&^%$

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I love a window seat!!I was once in an aisle seat on a 737 from Chicago to Seattle. Two elderly women were between me and the nearest window. Weather was fantastic and what views I could see of Montana and Washington state were stunning. The two women eventually noticed that I was trying to see out the windows, and they dismissively said to me: "It's just clouds..." :-eek

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I was on a 7:30 AM Monday morning business flight and sat next to a man who obviously knew the woman in front of me.From boarding to taxi to touch down, he yelled over the drone of the engines in a conversation as I was trying to catch some much needed sleep. The only time he quit talking to her, he actually got on the airphone! The worst part was...no one was sitting in the seat next to her and all he had to do was move up and sit next to her. Normally I would have said something, but exhaustion prevailed :)

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Worst flight for me? A red-eye from LAS to DTW on Northwest. I had just dozed off and was dreaming sweet nothings when I was bolted awake by the elderly woman next to me spilling her ice water on my 'pelvic' region. I was wearing windpants at the time. Let me tell you, that is enough to wake anyone, and everyone else on the plane who happened to fall asleep, in record time.

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Great thread!What drives me nuts are folks who bring a 26" pullman into the cabin and stuff it into the overhead bin, preventing others from sharing the space. This, of course, is followed by squeezing and slamming the bin lid shut so the hinges are ready to burst!Two words: CHECKED BAGGAGE!

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The person beside me who looks sideways to see the paper I'am reading then gets mad when I turn the page!! Buy yourown paper.JimCYWG

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An hour of touch and go's and low approaches on the E-3. Heavies were never meant to do this much transition!Jeff

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Many people don't ask for a particular seat, they get assigned one.So don't blame someone for not looking out the window... Do you know the history of that person? Maybe she'd seen it all a thousand times before and there was nothing new in it for her...Yes, ignoring crew calls is annoying. But it shouldn't annoy you and if the crew were alert and cared they'd say something about it.What annoys me more than anything is passengers who think they have a right to disturb me, a right to control what I do or think on a flight.Or maybe it's the people who shove their seatback in your face, putting their seats all the way back 5 minutes after takeoff and not putting them upright until the chief purser tells them they must do it just before landing (often after ignoring several earlier requests by flight attendants).Maybe next time I would be the one in the window seat not constantly looking out and drooling over what I see. Except of course I prefer aisle seats for the better legroom and will try to get one usually.

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Definitely it's the people who recline their seats all the way back not leaving me much room. I can't afford to fly first class (unless I have upgrade points) so I have to get stuck in coach. I know yoiu people will say "It's my right to recline my seat because I paid for it" but can't you also think about the people behind you? These people also don't have the decency to move their seat a little bit up when it comes to meal time (for those airlines that offer meals).

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During my professional life I used to cross the atlantic about 5 to 6 times a year, travelling from Brussels to our headquarters in Denver. I have never experienced a situation where a passenger's behaviour would have driven me mad. O course, some people are better than others in being social while sharing such a small space in an arcraft, and sometimes for many hours. Yes, I have had neighbour passengers "invading" the armrest, sometimes unconsciously, other times because they are rather of a rather large size for the type of seat we were sitting in. I have always happily resolved the situation, by kindly asking "do you mind if we share this armrest?". As for people watching what I was reading on the plane, it never bothered me, as I would generally reading something in french...but it would sometimes lead to an interesting discussion: on a flight from N.Y. or Chicago to Denver there would generally not be many french speaking passengers. The only thing I was realling feeling uncomfortable with was some people smelling bad because of bad hygiene. But I only experienced this situation a couple of times.J.J.JJ StruyfBraine-L'AlleudBelgiumhttp://jdtllc.com/images/RCsupporter.jpg

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It gets worse. Last year I flew Amsterdam-Seattle with my father. Someone came in with a huge weekender, a laptop case, and a reporter bag with paperwork or something and started to shove it into the bin my father had put his bag in (which was already several rows aft of his seat and contained among other things heart medication...).He got angry when it wouldn't fit and started to remove my father's bag and carry it all the way aft in search of a bin to put it (instead of looking for a place to put his own bags...). My father flipped and got the head FA involved who told the man in no uncertain terms he could keep any one item and had to check the other two :)

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Ok, nothing really maddens me as I know I am going to fly! Nothing like going to the airport, even with all the hoops we now have to jump through. However, there is a very special requirement to not being maddened by the hoops of air travel. I must have a window seat, otherwise my flight is ruined. On most occasions I will have a widow seat reserved at least by departure day. There are those times, though, when it is not possible to obtain the window. I then become very sad and hope for a window on the way back. I will fight for the window seat till the end!!!! (except with my fianc

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I can't say I've had anything which makes me mad about other pax, but I've certainly had a couple of notable flights.Probably the worst flight I ever had was a redeye NW KIAD-EHAM a few years ago. The flight was to be onward to Mumbai after I left in in EHAM, the EQP was something pretty elderly (a DC-10 or an MD-92 I think, but my memory is hazy), and it was full to bursting with crying kids. Not a pleasant experience.In the interesting category... BA from KDEN-EGKK last year (yes, my return flight from the Conference!). To start with, we had a false start due to somebody screwing up the weight calculations for the cargo -- the aircraft got out to the penalty box and got called back to the gate because the dispatcher realized that the cargo loading configuration was crap. Cue a 90 minute delay.Then, as the flight progresses, it becomes more and more obvious that the pax sitting to the left of me is not entirely coherent. Now, given that one is in Coach on a long flight this is not necessarily unexpected :-) -- but this was *way* beyond the norm. It transpired later on that she was a very nervous flyer and had taken some beta blockers before the flight. Ordinarily this would be reasonable, but then she unwisely decided to consume a small amount of alcohol afterwards; not enough to inebriate by any means, but plenty enough to interact with the medicine. Oops. Completely in la-la land. Certainly didn't cause any problems, but, well, not necessarily an experience I'd want again...--M

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Must have been a DC-10, that's all NWA takes on to Mumbay from Amsterdam (maybe 330s now as well, but not then).Screaming kids are indeed pretty bad. I've had a similar experience on a NWA DC-10 AMS-BOS once. Must have been a dozen or more toddlers on board, once one of them gets going they all start and this will continue until after landing.#### unless you have noise cancelling headphones (which I didn't have), and especially at night.

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I prefer aisle seats because you can actually get up and walk around without having to squeeze past people (who will often be irrate about the intrusion...).On a short hop I don't mind, but if it's over 2 hours or so I just have to walk around or my knees (bad knees...) start to hurt and lock up. Not enough to prevent me walking, but why go through the agony?And as I spend most time in the air reading or sleeping anyway, I don't miss the window.

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------------------------------------------------------------------------I must have a window seat, otherwise my flight is ruined. On most occasions I will have a widow seat reserved at least by departure day. There are those times, though, when it is not possible to obtain the window. I then become very sad and hope for a window on the way back.------------------------------------------------------------------------Hahahaha! You are just like me! I get *really* depressed when Im in an aisle seat!

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It amuses me. Most passengers want to be near to the frontof the plane as possible.This suits me because on the 747-400 the real back seats arethe best! Nobody wants them. They are twos, so you can swap with your partner to get the window or the aisle, there is more room, you can get out real easy, on the 12 hour flight and best of all, you get the best effects from turbulence!!!! Way to go!!!!Peter Sydney Australia

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HmmmAs I only travel for work purposes and when I do I fly business class as the flights are all greater than 4 hours both Domestic and International.I guess the result of this is that I find it difficult to find anything to complain about.Suffer!!Andy b

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back seats are safer - when was the last time an aircraft reversed into a mountain.Andy b

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Hi all,Well, I have a few :(Of course, the first one is the seat-in-your-face type in front of you. Even if a meal is being served, they just recline the seat as far as it will go - FAST. This I consider VERY rude, and I have from time to time had to let the other pax know. The most disturbing part is, they don't seem to think about it.Second, there are some people that just can't sit still! They're constantly twisting and turning. They are a nuisance whether beside, behind (knees in your back), or in front of you (throwing their arms over their head to grab their headrest). Somehow they seem to always get the seat near my wife...LAX-IAD can be very long, and that guy even put his bare(!) feet on the armrest. Maybe he hoped that the stewardess would hit his ugly feet with the cart (which she did), so that he could sue...OK, just one more: Long trip NBO-LGW. FULL plane! I had the middle seat, and this HUGE lady gets the aile seat (in front of me and the missus, we had a seat-in-your-face couple). Of course, there goes the armrest, but much worse: The speaker controls were on the upper side of the armrest and she kept TURNING UP THE MUSIC with her elbow...Finally, after the meal, she placed her tray sticking halfway out in the aile, the steward didn't see it, hit it with the cart, turning it so it knocked over my (excellent!) red wine...all over me...Now, there's a flight, I wont forget!BRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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