My Pet Peeves While Flying – Am I Justified or Just Being a Jerk?
I thought I knew all of my pet peeves while flying. The main one I have is people bringing stinky food on the plane. On my recent flight home from Las Vegas I realized there are two more pet peeves while flying that I can add to my list.
I was on a red-eye flight home which played a huge role in both of these annoyances. Red-eye flights are not my favorite but I was able to snag a first class seat for 22,500 Virgin Atlantic miles. That is essentially 17,300 Membership Rewards points with their current promo.
The flight was supposed to take off at 12:00 AM PDT or 3 AM my local time but there was a big storm rolling through. That caused some flight delays and my departure was changed to 1:30 AM PDT or 4:30 AM my time. Even though Delta handled it better than anything I have experienced before I was still irritable and tired. The delay and my exhaustion played a role in me getting aggravated but I still think I am justified.
The first pet peeve came from the people two rows behind me. They talked the entire flight! For most flights this wouldn’t be an issue but this was an overnight flight so I thought it was kind of rude. And it wasn’t hushed talking either. It was more like restaurant conversation loud. I had on headphones most of the time so it wasn’t horrible but I couldn’t believe they didn’t shut up at some point.
The second one was the person in front of me put their window shade up. This isn’t a problem for the first half of the flight, when it is dark. As soon as the sun rose it was shockingly bright. Nothing wakes you up quicker than sun on your face.
There is no reason to leave the blind up on an overnight flight. I also think it is something the flight attendants should have intervened with. I think it shows a complete lack of respect to other customers. If you want to read etc. then turn on your overhead light. Nope, he was just watching TV so there was no reason to even have it open.
These two pet peeves led to a less than great flight experience and mainly revolve around it being a red-eye flight. I think different rules should apply on overnight flights. Let me know if you agree or if you think I am just being a jerk in the comments section.