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Old 04-04-2012, 08:46 PM
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I fly a good bit, and here are just a few things that I hate. The people behind you that kick your seat and slam their tables, or kids kicking the back of your seat the whole flight and the ass hole parents don't say a thing. The a-holes that when you land think they should get to get off the aircraft first, and push others out of the way like their time is more important than everyone else's. Now no one likes the middle seat, but it always seems that that I get elbows from both sides encroaching into my small middle seat, if you are in the middle, there is no where to go, at least on the window or isle seat you can move over a little bit. People that wait till the very last to board then smash your carry on to make room for theirs. People at the airport waiting for their flight that insist on standing usually in large groups right smack in the middle of the walk ways or at the top or bottom of stairs making the masses try to maneuver around them. And last, people that should have showered days ago. Is it just me that runs into these MORONS every time I fly? I wont even bring up the TSA lines and the people that don't have a clue. Please feel free to add your own rants on the subject.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:25 PM
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Airplane=Flying Trailer Park.

What do you expect? America is no longer the beauty she once was...no class, entitlement idiots, and no real parents to beat their kids.

Btw: your post is dead on.
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After 2 million miles on Delta, I hate flying. A few you missed: People who pay no attention to the boarding order & block the way for first class & zone 1. Gate agents who seem to overlook those carrying more than 2 bags. Passengers who don't understand the seats recline, if you do not like it, book a bulkhead, exit row, or first class seat. Passengers who are too cheap to check a bag. Passengers who have no business sitting in the exit row. We had to abandon ship in Atlanta, and the people sitting in exit row, were worthless. Took flight attendant to open the door. Heavy smokers who smell like an ashtray. People who talk so loud, the Bose headphones and Heavy metal will not drown them out. People in the aisle set who do not get up when we land, and make the poor guy in the middle suffer for another 15 minutes.
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People who won't stop banging on the bathroom door
while I'm in there nailing the stewardess. Very rude.
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Try making a career out of it! Ive been working in a airport for 30 years now and can't take much more. Things and people have changed so much that when I travel, I will drive for two days before I consider buying a ticket and I fly for free....
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Former world traveler for business, now retired. I don't miss airports one bit!

Don't get me started on the early-bird specials at Bob Evans. All those people that pi$$ you off at the airport? Guess where they eat when they retire?
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>100 K miles per year for last 12 years, I have learned to manage expectations.

Don't expect polite, easy, comfortable, cheap, on-time, fun.

Expect only safe, and you usually won't be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by CHardwick View Post
>100 K miles per year for last 12 years, I have learned to manage expectations.

Don't expect polite, easy, comfortable, cheap, on-time, fun.

Expect only safe, and you usually won't be disappointed.
Dead on, well said

My only gripe is listening to people who complain about flying. It sucks for everyone get over it you need to go in with low expectations and you will be fine, or fly private.
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My all time rant - all of you f#$%H#@ds who KNOW that your 'carry on' bag will not fit in the overhead, but you make the attempt anyway. It eventually has to get checked at the gate, which delays the departure, which has a cumulative effect on arrival/departure times. I hate you with an unending passion and would pay any price to physically kick your sorry self serving ass off of the end of the jetway and onto the tarmac. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.


There was time when flying internally in Africa and the Middle East was the worst. Not any more - the U.S. is the unquestionable bottom rung leader.


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I am currently averaging about 20,000 miles a month of flying delta. I am also 6'6" tall and weigh about 280lbs. Airplanes weren't made for anyone over 5'10". Now that they have downsized most planes it's like being in a tin can death trap.
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
I am currently averaging about 20,000 miles a month of flying delta. I am also 6'6" tall and weigh about 280lbs. Airplanes weren't made for anyone over 5'10". Now that they have downsized most planes it's like being in a tin can death trap.
I'm 6'3 280. The only flights I enjoy are in Business/First class, and that does not happen often enough.


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Agreed... I am a 2+ MM on Delta. Other things that get me are the people with that board early (99% of the Medalion members) and even when they sit in the back of the plane they load their luggage in the front bins... Too lazy to drag that bag all the way to the back and now the front luggage bins are full which means people boarding after them have to walk to the back to find a space (god forbid they might gate check it) then walk back to the front. Screws the whole boarding and "de-boarding" process.

My all time biggest pet-peeve is the person pushing to get off the plane at the gate in ATL saying "excuse me, excuse me, I only have 15 minutes before my next flight leaves"..... I lost it last month on some lady pushing me to make it to the closed door and told her that her travel agent should be shot for being such an idiot in scheduling such a close connection at the worlds busiest airport. I am certain she booked the herself through Priceline or something... I feel that ATL is probably the most effecient airport of its size (I will argue that point with anyone) but good luck making connection in 15 minutes when you are still on the plane.
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To me, there isn't a job or trip out there that pays enough for me to even consider flying anymore. I've had my last encounter with the cretins at TSA. If the airlines and the sheeple who put up with this crap don't eliminate the TSA the airline industry is doomed, and rightfully so.

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I hit 1 million miles recently but feel like I hit a brick wall. I can't stand getting on a plane anymore and get in a real bad mood when I even think about it.


I agree Big Al, flying in the US is the worse. I did have a pleasent experience on Egypt Air last week. I was flying from Casablanca to Cairo and was dreading the long flight on Egypt Air - Egypts Islamic airline. The guy sitting next to me from Sudan, pulled out a bottle of scotch and we finished it off on the way and had a good time. I was a little worried about the Inshallah types because I am sure the bearded ones could smell it.
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Frequent flyers consider yourselves lucky you understand the game and how it works.
I do not fly frequently but when i do I feel played by the game getting hustled and poked by the system all the while realizing if I lose my temper I go to jail...
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Delta MM, +25 years traveling. When and if I have to check my bag I can't stand the vacation flyer who feels they must stand in front of the baggage belt so no one can get their bags until theirs come out. I compare it to tying your boat to the ramp dock so that no can load/unload until they load their boat! Dam it, stand out of the way until you see your bag, then step up and grab it and quickly back out of the way. So simple, but the vacation crowd never understands it.
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I hit 1 million miles recently but feel like I hit a brick wall. I can't stand getting on a plane anymore and get in a real bad mood when I even think about it.


I agree Big Al, flying in the US is the worse. I did have a pleasent experience on Egypt Air last week. I was flying from Casablanca to Cairo and was dreading the long flight on Egypt Air - Egypts Islamic airline. The guy sitting next to me from Sudan, pulled out a bottle of scotch and we finished it off on the way and had a good time. I was a little worried about the Inshallah types because I am sure the bearded ones could smell it.
Good ol' Egypt Air.

First time I flew them, the pilots were out on the tarmac in Cairo with their prayer carpets, being obedient. I thought, what happens when prayer time comes and we are at 35000 feet?

In my travels I have come to understand that Muslims drink about as much as Southern Baptists. That means you stand a better than average chance of having a few cocktails with one.


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Don't know about the rest of you....but as the years go by I'm getting more & more claustrophobic...starting to really dread flying..couple of years ago after the plane landed...taxied to the gate and they couldn't get the walkway gizmo extended to get us off the plane ...screwed around for 45 min before we could get off....just about lost it.
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Sheep/cattle. Seems like SWA will soon employ cattle prods to get you moving faster, to improve their bottom line. You demanded the lowest fare, you got it along with crappy schedules, tiny/dangerous seating and rude ill tempered fellow passengers. New Hampshire to Florida, I'll take a our 1967 Cessna 206. Cost for three is about the same as airfare (nothing fair about it), four fly cheaper than the airlines, we leave and arrive on time on my schedule, and our bags are with us. Yes, I may have to adjust my schedule if the weather goes south, but at least I adjust my schedule instead of the hammering the airlines give you when an ACT of GOD (ie weather) causes their pilots to possibly exceed duty/trip regulations and allow them to put it all on the passenger, ie you. Go to a small local airport and learn to fly. 160 miles per hour, one stop for fuel. With no wind, 7 hours plus 45 minutes NH to Florida. Includes a 30 minute fuel/head stop. Our local airport is 7 minutes from our house, my wife's uncle lives next to a small airport in Florida. SWA Manchester,NH to Tampa/StPete, their best time(highest fare) 3hours 25 minutes. Add an hour prior at least (for your own personal indignity) travel time to their airport nearest you (MHT in our case) 1 hr 10 minutes, deplaning and waiting for your bags or worse, (now where have we sent your baggage) rent a car hassle and expense (reservation?, what reservation) and their best is my average. Their worst is inexcusable. At most fixed base operators (FBO) the people are extremely friendly, most will loan a car with services that approach the old days when gas stations checked your oil and washed the windshield. Some of the FBO's actually roll out a Red Carpet for when you step out of the plane, literally. I brought our Cessna 206 home from Park Rapids Aviation in Park Rapids MN a couple years ago. We bought this plane on amphibious floats for use giving Scenic Seaplane Flights in Laconia, NH. www.SeaplaneTours.net At a self serve fuel stop in Penn Yan, NY at 9pm one of the nose wheels went flat. We called for after hours help and 5 minutes later a gentleman showed up, opened up, jacked the bow of the right float, removed and replaced the tire, made the required log entries and then refused any money. We hid a 100 dollar bill on the counter, thanked him profusely and headed home. I love to fly, nothing is as relaxing as watching the scenery pass by. I have flown for a number of different airlines, the last was American Trans Air, later known as ATA Airlines. I flew with a great group of guys and gals, if an airport anywhere in the world was long enough/adequate, ATA most likely has been there many times. ATA folded April 03, 2008. A number of entities had a hand in it. SWA got most of the gates that they wanted. Those same management type people are still out there pulling the strings on both employees and customers. If you can not fly yourself, take an extra day and drive. I was fortunate enough to spend 5 years in the right front seat of the old Lockheed L1011. Best airliner ever built, bar none. We flew as a flight crew of three; Captain, First Officer and Flight Engineer, and no matter what the bean counters say, three brains, sets of eyes, and ears is safer than two controlling a large turbine powered aircraft. 911 probably would not have occurred if we had stuck with flight engineers. You get what you pay for. Sorry about the rant. Good luck in your travels. Dave
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