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10 Most Annoying Things People Do On Flights

Are you guilty of any annoying habits on the plane?

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Take heed passengers from hell, we're on to you! If you have no boundaries and think only of yourself, you've probably been causing discomfort and seething resentment amongst innocent travellers and exasperated cabin crew for years. As a passenger, you can prepare yourself for a long haul flight, you can learn how to sleep on a plane, you can even deal with that fear of flying - but you can't choose who sits next to you. Lovely Holiday Extras customers, we know you aren't ever guilty of the 10 most annoying things people do on flights...

1. Take off their socks.

Such a simple thing. Yet a small act guaranteed to breed disgust and anger in the calmest of people. Feet aren't that nice; even if you have the most pampered tootsies in town, no one else wants to see them. Cover them up! And make sure your socks or slippers aren't stinky while you're at it.

2. Invade your space.

Not only do some travellers insist on revealing their trotters, they also think it's socially acceptable to then plant them on the tray table, the window, even between or on top of the seats in front. Others think nothing of overly reclining their seats, stealing your armrest, spreading their legs inappropriately, and getting up and down like a yoyo throughout the flight. Plain inconsiderate!

3. Talk too much.

Most of us enjoy exchanging a few pleasantries with our neighbours on a flight, but that's where it ends. Sadly, some passengers will persist in sharing their hopes and dreams, even when you have resorted to tapping away on your laptop with headphones on and eyes gripped firmly shut.

4. Make a mess in the loo.

Unfeasibly big or sloppy poos, toilet paper everywhere, discarded dirty nappies, soiled wipes - were these people never toilet-trained?

5. Hog the lockers.

I don't know how this happens, what with baggage limits, but there always seem to be a few passengers who nab far too much space in the overhead lockers. What about everyone else? What about our stuff? They don't care.

6. Drink too much.

Unfortunately some travellers get way too excited in the pub at the airport, or once they're on board, and things get a bit messy. It's just not clever, especially when it causes offence or delays.

7. Sleep like an animal.

If you can snooze like Sleeping Beauty, fine. If you have to snore, snuffle, drool and slump onto the unfortunate person next to you, drink more coffee! You're not fit to sleep on a flight.

8. Clip their nails.

Oh yuk, people really do this. And what's more, they leave the clippings on the floor or in their empty cups. I once watched a man give his fingernails a good trim on the tube. I'm not sure if that was worse.

9. Cry or run around.

Sorry little tots, we love you, but not in such a confined space. I've had a couple so I'm allowed to say this. When you're travelling with your wee ones you spend the whole time trying to keep them happy and relatively quiet, painfully aware that your fellow passengers hate the fact that you're there. And if you're a parent lucky enough to be taking a break without your children, the last thing you want is to have to deal with someone else's brood.

10. Wear adult onesies...

I don't care if Virgin Atlantic launched one for first-class travellers, no self-respecting grown-up should be seen in a onesie in public (or at home if I had my way). Just stop it.


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Written by Maxine Clarke: a writer, mummy, missus and campervan-lover. Used to travel, now enjoys a good holiday! Follow her on Twitter.

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