I was happy to be coming home, claro, but I was a little fed up of the improper traveling etiquette I saw all around me.
(Yes, I'm talking to you, people from flight 741 that made my day a little bit longer...)
1. At security, your shoes come off. And your belt. Is it necessary to step through the scanner three times before you realize you are wearing a metal belt with bottle caps all over it?
2. Coats and jackets go on top of luggage. It's like Tetris, people. Only so much space for so many things. Make it happen.
3. Incessant talking is not something anyone can handle for 9 hours straight. I love talking about Spain, and I'm sure your night in Salamanca was very crazy, but enough is enough. This isn't a tea party.
4. Arm rest space is 50/50. Can't you take the hint with the gentle nudge I'm giving you with my forearm?
5. Don't even get me started on raising the armrest. Don't you know it is there to set boundaries? I just met you, I'm not that kind of girl.
6. I think you're great. But, also, I don't want to straddle you while going to the bathroom. This isn't a movie theater. You're not blocking anyones view. Stand up and let me out. The leg swing is just, not cool.
7. Hey David Guetta, turn down your Ipod, DJ. I can hear you from 2 rows back OVER my in-flight movie.
8. I can't lie, rubbernecking me and looking out my window gives me a little bit of a creepy vibe.
9. Window shade: open or close. Choose one and stick to it.
10. And finally, an apology, because I'm sorry person behind me, but I feel entitled to the right to recline. There is only so much space.
Am I a cynical traveler? Not at all. Do I love flying? Yes.
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, and all of the bad etiquette aside, I love the experience of traveling no matter how long the flight.
For those who don't know proper airline etiquette...if nothing else, you make things interesting! Now that you've read my blog, hopefully you know what not to do.