8 People You Hate to Fly With

Melinda Crow
Nov 11, 2019 · 4 min read

The smaller the seats get, the worse these people seem to behave

Flying puts us in way too much close contact with people. That can be usually be managed with a little spatial respect (like the middle seats gets BOTH armrests; it’s a law) and a few polite nods and smiles. But there are people that nobody wants to fly with next to, across from, or even on the same plane with.

Whether we are talking about strangers or travel companions who make you think twice about going solo next time, here are the eight annoying people that make you start looking for the exits.

The Needy One

The Smarter One

Details about every conceivable topic pour from them like beer from a college kegger. It will go on and on throughout the flight, making you wish you had forked over the $400 for that set of noise-canceling headphones after all.

The Over Dresser

Oh, and then, once they get settled on the plane, the poor people seated next to them must suffer through the removal and replacement of layers with every temperature change, meal service, and bathroom break.

The Announcer

The Important One

The Freaker

The Late Arriver

The Boozer

Get stuck with a boozer and you may find yourself taking a good long look around the plane. You’d have been better off next to any of those other needy, overdressed, loud, freaked-out, self-important fliers.

Melinda Crow has been writing about travel for 30+ years, long before there were “digital nomads” and “influencers.” And while at any given moment, she would rather be on a cruise ship anywhere in the world, she lives in Central Texas (yes, near Waco, and no, she does not know Chip and Joanna Gaines) with her award-winning photographer husband, Gary, 12 peacocks, two horses and one lazy cat. She is the author of Camping Colorado and Camping New Mexico by FalconGuides and blogs at FirstRead.Me and here on Medium.

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8x NATJA prize winner; #TBINchat host; pericarditis patient. Found on: Newsweek, Cruise Critic, MSN Travel. Writer’s Toolkit https://melindacrow.substack.com/

#TravelTruth

Encouraging you to get the heck off of social media and go experience the world.

Melinda Crow

Written by

8x NATJA prize winner; #TBINchat host; pericarditis patient. Found on: Newsweek, Cruise Critic, MSN Travel. Writer’s Toolkit https://melindacrow.substack.com/

#TravelTruth

Encouraging you to get the heck off of social media and go experience the world.

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