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Old 07-03-2013, 10:05 AM
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Passenger in front going to toilet disturbing everybody till they reach stress relieving destination -Loo. Repeating this chore uncountable times... It seems they have target to achieve... LOL. Most annoying as per me.!!!!
I flew back to Australia when I was 28 weeks pregnant. Sorry, but toilet stops were a must

I also want to say the best things I have experienced on a long haul flight. On my way home between BKK-MEL, I had a severe migrane and I tried my luck with the staff to see if I could move somewhere that I could at least partially lay down as my head needed to be down and rested. A kind kind man overheard and offered to swap as he had 2 spare seats next to him. I accepted and gave him my free meal as he obviously was on the cheap ticket and didn't get one. Such a kind thing to do!! I got to rest my head and after managing to sleep it off I landed in MEL migrane free! It would have been a hell of a flight for me if I hadn't have been able to do that.

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:10 AM
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Even your partner wont break the mens covenant, he may deny that he knows anything about it, but he does.
oh wow he wont tell me what men do in the toilet lol he said its a secret amongst the men of this world WTF do you guys do in there. Please dont tell me its something naughty guys nooooo i dont want to know lol

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Old 07-03-2013, 10:13 AM
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oh wow what a nice story that was kmarees1986 you were lucky my dear because some times people are just down right selfish.

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I was very lucky indeed!! I will always remember my good plane Karma and will endeavour to return the favour somehow the next time I fly long haul!

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oh wow he wont tell me what men do in the toilet lol he said its a secret amongst the men of this world WTF do you guys do in there. Please dont tell me its something naughty guys nooooo i dont want to know lol
Ha Ha Ha, told you he wouldn't tell you, us men stick together over some things

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I think I most dislike unsympathetic people. Needing to go to the loo, or being overweight, or being tall, or children crying is a fact of life.

It's a 24 painful hours, and then you get to be on the other side of the world. I have flown the long flights about 30 times, and seen everything, but it's not a lot of time in reality. Even 24 hours without being able to sleep due to aircraft and 'people' problems a few years ago was a bit painful, but a day or so later it was just an anecdote.
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What annoys you on a long or short flight?
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Screaming kids, put them all down the back of the aircraft.That way they only keep other kids and there parents awake.
People that put there seats back while meals are being served, i'm 6'2" haha
Overweight people in the seat next to you.Put them down the back of the aircraft with the noisy kids.Bet I get lots of sh?t over this one.
A few more I can think of but I don't want to upset any more people.
Hi iduno - One of those overweight people here. I'm not going to give you crap for it, but I would like to say a few things about it.

Having been on the other side - trust me, it is much worse for the person next to you, and a little kindness and compassion can go a long way. Imagine you're sitting in a seat, and person after person comes down the aisle looking absolutely terrified that their seat is going to be next to you. No one wants to be anywhere near you. Finally the "unlucky" person draws the short straw and realizes they are your seatmate. They scowl, throw their things above, sit down, sigh, scowl some more, ignore you when you say hello, sigh again, buckle their seatbelt, scowl, then loudly announce to the flight attendant that they want to be moved. Of course, there are no extra seats, so you have to spend a flight sitting next to a person who is visibly disgusted by you, flinches when he accidentally touches you, etc. etc. Can you imagine how humiliating that would be? I'm an extremely confident, friendly person, but things like this DO get to me.

I've actually ended up with bruises all up and down my hip from sitting at a tilted angle the entire flight just to try to avoid my body moving even an inch into the other person's space. It doesn't matter - they still hate me.

On the other hand, I've had kind seatmates who sit down, smile, put the armrest up, jovially comment on how airplane seats get smaller and smaller every year (which is true) and how it just sucks that no one can ever be comfortable. Both of us do our best not to invade each other's space, we chat the whole time, and it's a lovely experience for both of us.

Nowadays I always buy a second seat for myself -- but I can afford to now. When I was a college student, it wasn't an option. My only other choice would have been to not fly home, to not spend Christmas or Thanksgiving or any other holiday with my family, ever, because I could only afford one seat.

And the airlines make this as difficult as possible. The majority do not discount or reduce the cost of that second seat. A child can have that whole seat to themselves and pay much less - but I can't get a second seat so I can have three inches more room without paying full price for it. Also, airlines have different booking policies for the second seat - it's always a hassle to purchase a ticket, because they all have different ways you have to do it.

And very few airlines double your baggage allowance if you buy a second seat. So I buy two seats, but get one baggage allowance, one meal, etc. Oh, and if you're lucky enough to have a spouse who doesn't mind sharing his seat with you, like I soon will? For most airlines, it doesn't matter. My fiance and I will have to purchase three tickets every time we fly somewhere together, even though we'll only need two seats.

In Canada, though, they require overweight passengers to be given a second seat at no charge for everyone's comfort. I really wish there were a similar solution to this problem in the US right now, but unfortunately, there just isn't.

There are people of all sizes in this world, and the population gets bigger by the year. It serves no purpose to get annoyed with or be hateful toward overweight people. They're suffering just as much as you are (and very probably more, as they aren't just uncomfortable but humiliated and embarrassed, too).

Direct your annoyance at the airlines, where it belongs, as they continue to ignore everyone's comfort, make seats smaller year after year, and not come up with workable solutions to accommodate overweight passengers.
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The only majorly upsetting thing I have experienced on an aircraft was waking up in my window seat on an overnight flight from Vancouver to Auckland to find the woman sitting in the seat behind me had wedged her foot in the space between the wall and my seat. On my arm rest, just inches from my face was some middle aged woman's foot! Her beautiful manicure did not make it less gross.

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Thank you CollegeGirl for sharing your experiences and it really disappoints me that people think they are better than others...disgraceful!
I am with kmmr - unsympathetic people are the pits!! We will be flying to Australia from Upstate NY and its a loooong haul... we have a 2 yr. old boy and he likes to run around and be the toddler he deserves to be.
We all have the right to be on these flights... do you think we like our children crying, do you think we like a tantrum out in public?? We become even more unsettled and embarrassed when those people stare at us and give a dirty eye.
I was waiting for my last small flight from JFK to my local airport and my son at the time was three months old. We waited and waited for this plane...my son needed to be fed not long before they decided to board everyone. Needless to say I had a very unhappy hungry boy and trying to line up and board with our belongings!!
Out of all the people on that flight... just one kind man offered to carry my bags... just one!! To this day I am forever grateful for his generosity to help us.
So maybe we should all try to be a little more generous and lend a hand or offer help... cause we all deserve the right to travel, no matter what! And no... we shouldn't be pushed down the end of plane like some have mentioned... smh!

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The only thing that really frustrates me in airplanes, regardless of flight lengths, is how far the seats go back because of how close the rows of seats are to one another. For me, it's infuriating when someone forgets (or ignores) this and puts their seat all the way back because then I feel like they practically have their head in my lap. It makes it difficult to get up and even harder to put your tray down. Blah!

Anyway, thank-you for writing so eloquently CG and for expressing a different POV on airplane etiquette. I am so glad that member diversity here allows us to hear so many sides to each story. There's definitely a difference between causing discomfort because you are either oblivious or rude (putting your seat back too far, kicking someone else's chair, stepping on people in the aisle, or taking up more space than you need for reasonable comfort, etc.) and causing discomfort for reasons out of your control (having children who are upset from a long day's travel, having a bladder problem, being overweight, feeling sick, etc.). I think people need to be more aware, more tolerant, and ultimately, more willing to help.

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