I have had a run of more then normal travel.. based on what I have seen I have complied the following list!
You might be a rude traveler if…..
(Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy)
…. You think that the carryon plus personal item also means you can take on a purse, shopping bag, gym shoe bag, etc.. There’s no exception for “parents”, “frequent fliers”,etc.. you really aren’t that special.
…. You think that the “place the smaller item” under the seat in front of you request applies to EVERYONE ELSE, but you have an “exemption” and both of your items can go overhead.
…. You can’t possibly lift the carryon into the overhead, but assume others will gladly risk injury for you.
…. You stop at the top of the escalator in the airport and then GLARE at the people behind you when they run into you. (Hint, the escalator does not stop because YOU did, those people are still coming MOVE!)
…. You get on the plane and want to put YOUR carryon in the front of the plane even though you are in row 50 because “I have a tight connection and various injuries that make it hard for me to carry my luggage long distances” (that’s what baggage check was for)
…..You think the Flight Attendant’s main job is to be your personal servant and demonstrate this by “snapping your fingers” and making lots of “special requests” (Uh.. no, they can’t really heat up the food you brought on board, put your French cheese in the refrigerator, make the person in front of you quit reclining, babysit your child etc…)
… At ANY time during your trip you loudly announce (a) how much you spent on this ticket, (b) how many miles you fly on said airline, (c) how much money you spend annually on the airline or (d) that you know someone in management for the airline. (No one cares!)
…. At ANY time during your trip, your behavior resembles that of a 2 year old. (Stomping feet, screaming and otherwise acting out to get what you want)
…. If you didn’t pay for seat assignments and now expect others who did to move because “I can’t be separated from my child/spouse etc”. (If it’s that important fork over the cash) And if you try this stunt on a flight to someplace like Orlando where EVERYONE has kids… WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
…. If you are a member of an airline club and you walk up to the TV that people are watching and change the channel because “I wanted to watch a different game”
….If you put “junior” in the “empty seat” next to you because “my travel agent told me I could put him in an empty seat” and then WHINE when the Flight Attendant points out there are NO empty seat and Junior has to go on your LAP!
And while not rude… you might be clueless.
… If you honestly think that you can fly across the Atlantic with a 20 month old on your lap, just because the airlines will let you! And then you complain to everyone around you how uncomfortable you and child are…..
… You put valuable jewelry and electronics in your checked luggage.
(And all but the last item have happened to me in the past few months!)