Carry On Luggage Crackdown and Other Annoying Things People Do on a Plane

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

What Not to Do on an Airplane

We all know flying the skies today is not fun. You’ll be stuck on a plane for hours on end, with hundreds of other miserable passengers, crammed into a tiny space, and you’re all thrusting your ass/arms/legs into each other’s personal space. There are certain things you should try to avoid doing in an effort to minimize annoying the hell out of your fellow passengers – here’s my list of the top 5 things not to do on a plane:

1. Carry on luggage hogs! DON’T put your 4 bags of airport purchases, your handbag, your books, your coat, your laptop bag, and your HUGE carry-on (sideways) in the overhead compartments. That’s so rude, not to mention inconsiderate and will earn you the hatred of all your close seatmates.

Recently airlines have begun to crack down on carry on luggage hogs and now social media has joined in the fun with a special hashtag #carryonshame for people who flout baggage limits. So don’t do it! Don’t be a carry on hog or you might find yourself and your tons of bags being ridiculed nation-wide.


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2, Your space for storing stuff is under the seat in FRONT of you. I know there’s also space available under your own seat but don’t be tempted – it’s not for you. Yes, honest, you really SHOULDN’T hog both spaces!

3. Please, please keep your seat straight up or if you’re absolutely desperate to rest your back, just recline the seat slightly. Believe it or not, people really don’t enjoy having a seat in their lap throughout the entire flight. When this happens to me, I tend to start jabbing, poking, jiggling the entertainment system on the seatback really, really hard. I know I’m being petty and childish, but it brings me great pleasure.

4. Don’t pick at bodily orifices, or manipulate various body parts in any way. That means: no nose picking, ear picking, scab picking, teeth picking, toe picking, knuckle cracking, in fact don’t do any personal grooming during the flight unless you’re in the washroom and keep even that to the bare minimum.

5. You’ve got kids/babies/sprained foot and you were allowed to get on the plane before the rest of us. This I fully support and understand, you deserve this perk; I’ve been there and totally sympathize with your travel difficulties. Then we land and you decide you’re also allowed to delay the rest of us by gathering your kids/babies/sprained foot and slowly, so very slowly exiting from the plane, with all of us stuck behind you. I have totally lost all of my love for you, your children, your sprained foot.

Comment on this story:

What all the girls are saying:

  1. Funny but true post! The airlines haven’t made it easy for us!

  2. Thu Ha says:

    These are actual comments. We should bring lightweight luggage, only things really needed. And besides respect.

    • Dian Emery says:

      Thanks Thu, I totally agree, we need to remember to bring respect and thoughtfulness with us when we find ourselves in a forced communal travel spaces ( planes, trains, subways).

  3. Eva says:

    Amen! The seat recliners and sideways bags people are the biggest offenders to me. All business flights w/3 people and 3 Rollaboards per row always works

    • Dian Emery says:

      yeah, I really do hate being behind someone who as soon as they arrive they recline fully and keep it that way the entire flight. Also I do think airlines need to assign compartment space as well as seating space.

  4. I see people disobey the two carry-on limit all the time. It would be fine if they were to put the extra bags under their seats and be forced to deal with the consequences, but they always end up in the overhead bins and take up room for other people’s bags.

  5. Tiffany says:

    I completely feel your pain on #3. I spent the entire flight home from Cuba last year with the seat in front of me on my lap. Do these people have any idea how difficult it is to eat a meal off a tray when the seat is attached to is reclined. As for your “petty and childish” actions, I bumped and banged so much, I’m surprised the guy didn’t get whiplash! Made no difference. Even when it was announced over the PA to put your seat in the upright position and after the flight attendant asked him several times. Nope, this guy didn’t move. He didn’t even sit up when he ate!
    I typically fly Sunwing, I have had some fantastic vacations booking with them. But….if you’ve ever flown Sunwing, you know there is probably 2 inches of space between your knee and the seat in front of you.
    So please, to all you fellow travellers out there, please, please think of the poor person behind you that will be stuck with your seat in their face.

  6. Tilly says:

    How about a new posting trend: comment on those who are courteous! Those who respect others! Think the posts would be numerous?