Top 4 most annoying passengers on an airplane

Published: February 14, 2012

The angelic baby suddenly transforms into a demon spawn with a terribly loud siren for a larynx.

Travelling by air means running into some very interesting people. Here are some regulars I have come across:

1.The little angel

Every economy class plane is bound to have its adorable cherub. This little angel is wrapped in plush blankets, has the pinkest cheeks and starts the journey peacefully. That is until he/she lets out a banshee shriek that has every passenger’s ears ringing. The angel suddenly transforms into a demon spawn with a terribly loud siren for a larynx. As mama tries to calm lil’ sweetie, baby remains resolutely stubborn to give headaches to one and all.

2.The seat-stealer

When you checked-in online, you carefully selected the best available window seat. Happy that you’ll get to have an aerial view of the world, you’re looking forward to this 10 hour flight. You board the plane, all set for the journey. But when you get there, you discover that ‘your’ seat isn’t really yours. The passenger there is blissfully oblivious to the fact that they stole it. This aunty/uncle is usually already sitting comfortably there, settled in properly. They’re usually elderly and asking them to move would be petty and plain rude. So you suck it up in the aisle seat and get up every time they ask you to for bathroom breaks.

3.The rude recliner

The air hostess on the plane has finally brought out your food. You have your table stretched out and are just about to take the first bite when… seat-quake! Uncle sahib in the front decides he wants to take a nap. Without a warning, he pushes his seat back to the maximum. You’re squashed, spilled tea and all. You pull your seat back a little, and so start the seat dominoes.

4.The chatty aunty

You’re at a cliffhanger in the book you’ve been meaning to finish. Excited that you finally have some reading time in this 14 hour plane ride, you carefully take your book out. Then suddenly “baita, where are you from?” you hear a shrill excited voice. You respond with a monosyllabic, polite response. Insert name of place. This doesn’t work. The conversation is never-ending from there on.

“Ohhh, there? My aunt’s daughter’s husband’s brother lives there too! What a small world! Do you know?”

“No aunty, I haven’t had the good fortune to meet them yet.”

“Oh, what a travesty! I MUST add you on the Facebook and introduce you”.

At this point, you are thinking: “Aunty, why on earth do you have Facebook. Farewell, oh book I’ll never finish now.”

Snarkiness aside, sometimes you might even make good friends on the plane, so spin the Wheel of Fortune and see who comes your way.

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Maha Kamal

Maha Kamal

A junior at Boston University majoring in International Relations and Journalism. She blogs at You can follow her on twitter @emeskay

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