As I am writing this, I’m currently on the plane on the way to Benidorm. Just from arriving at the airport, checking the bags in, going through passport control and boarding the plane, I’ve come across some obnoxious behaviour that I thought I’d blog about. I’m usually not bothered by people’s petty behaviour but for some reason, this morning was full of rude people that I couldn’t forget. With that in mind, this blog will take you through some of the really great, things I’ve witnessed today. Help me answer this, why are people so annoying at airports?
Disclaimer: Not everyone is annoying at the airport and this post is not meant to offend anyone in anyway. I’m simply stating my experience and thoughts – if you don’t like it, you don’t have to carry on reading the post.
1. Queue Jumping
First things first, I know everyone has probably queue jumped in their lives, intentionally or not. However, when there are around 20 people stood in a nice, calm queue, there’s hardly a need to cause a fuss over having to wait your turn. But of course, there had to be that one loud family of around 6 people, that felt they needed to be served then and there.
One of the airport staff began by highlighting where the back of the line was but they weren’t listening. I guess they weren’t into waiting 5 minutes to be served, though they’d have to wait a good hour or so at the airport anyway so what’s the rush? Anyway, they decided to skip the queue by pretending they didn’t know where the back of the line was.
It wouldn’t have been as bad but the loud dad had to continuously voice his opinions how “I knew I was right. I knew we were where we needed to be” regardless of the fact the airport staff told him he was in the wrong queue and needed to return to the back of the line of other holidayers.
Moral of the story: a) don’t queue jump and b) if you do, don’t make it so obvious by shouting at the top of your voice, how unfair it is that you don’t want to wait your turn like everyone else.
2. Racing To Be Served And Not Being Ready
Ok, I’ve probably done this once or twice myself though when other people do it, it’s annoying as hell. (Yes, I’m aware that makes me a hypocrite.) So, when I say racing, I mean racing. A whole family of 5, begun running for their lives to reach the gate first though there was already a queue of 40+ people stood in front of them. In the process, I was well and truly bulldozed out of the way by a small 6-year-old who clearly had been going to bodybuilder sessions. In the end, they only stood one space ahead of me anyway whilst I was suffering from what felt like a broken arm.
However, despite the massive rush they were in, when it was time for them to show their passports and boarding cards, they couldn’t have created more of a delay. They stood arguing and bashing one another with suitcases throughout the whole time they were in the queue until finally, it was their time to shine.
Of course, their passports were locked away “at the top of their bag” though they had to fully open it up and route around for what felt like a good half an hour before they could find it. The air hostess was just about to ask them to go to the side of the now pissed off queue of people, yet the dad – I swear it’s always the dads – loudly interrupted her to explain how unfair it was that they were getting asked to move to the side, God forbid anyone went in front of them.
Moral of the story: Have your boarding pass and passports ready when you are checking in.
3. Not Listening To The Hostess During Safety Talks
Yes ok “Mick” from the stag clan sitting to the left of me, the whole plane now knows that you have been on an aeroplane 10+ times and you’ve seen the safety talk before. We get that it’s the “same old-same old”, but we don’t want to hear you loudly “talking” to “Dave” about the top chef’s in the world being made to make Prawn soups and what not.
Not just that, but “Chris” neither do we want you shouting back to Dave and Mick telling them to “shut your marvs, they doing it for your benefit, not their’s int it.” Though, thanks for the input. The thing is when you have basic manners I think you just assume that everyone else will too. It’s not asking much to be quiet for 3 minutes whilst someone does their job which could save your life, or is it? The answer is no.
Moral of the story: Be quiet when the air hostess is talking, especially when it is for your benefit. In fact, just be quiet when someone is talking in general.
4. Inappropriate Conversation Near The Elderly
Freedom of speech and all that but when you’re surrounded by elderly people wanting a nice, spring break to Benidorm, talking about the last time you “banged your wife” as a 35+ year old, is not only inappropriate but kind of embarrassing too. I actually wanted the ground to swallow me when I first heard him ask “Steve-o” husband-to-be if the reason he stinks of fish was that he shagged his wife this morning. The old couple sitting directly next to them had the same awkward look on their faces as they tried to finish their sudoku in peace. (Their faces wore the look of utter disgust rather than awkwardness but still.)
“…And then she p*ssed on him. Dirty b*tch.”
Though that wasn’t the worst part. Chris then went on to ask “Steve-o” if he was balls deep in her which “Steve-o” obviously replied “they’re too big mate”, due to the lack of sex he was getting. I thought this kind of talk only really occurred when you were in your late teens to early twenty’s. I was clearly wrong.
Moral of the story: Never get married because men are pigs and will continue to act like childish teens for the rest of their lives. (Hahaha, I’m only joking!)
5. Clicking Your Fingers to the Staff is NOT ok
I don’t get why people think this is alright to do so. It baffles me. Sadly waiters in restaurants are often subjected to this kind of rude behaviour but I’ve never before seen it on an aeroplane. There’s a first time for everything I suppose. Of course, it had to be from one of the stag clan, though I wasn’t able to catch this guy’s name. He decided that waiting 2 minutes for his ham toastie – it’s 8:30 in the morning – was too long. He clearly expected the service on a low fare flight company like Ryanair to be a lot better. After all, he’s only paying £50 return flights for it? (That’s what Tyler and I paid.)
Moral of the story: There are other ways to get somone’s attention that don’t involve clicking your fingers as the person brushes past you.
You can come across extremely rude and annoying people at airports. They often use the excuse that “I’m on holiday” to make their shitty behaviour overseen yet it’s not. I understand not everyone behaves like this and in some ways, it’s kind of funny, though really not necessary at 8 am in the morning.