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Over the past month I’ve been traveling more frequently than normal due to a family situation. My time at airports and hotels reminded me of some travel pet peeves I have. I know things are different due to the pandemic, but these pet peeves of mine have been happening long before that.
Cutting the Line Deboarding the Plane
This is by far my biggest pet peeve. Unless someone has an urgent connection, passengers should deboard the plane by row. But it never fails that there are some people who jump up and push their way to the exit door first. This even happens when it’s the last flight of the evening and there are no more connections. So rude.
Crowding at the Gate
When it gets close to boarding time, some people stand up and crowd around the gate. Nevermind that there are 9 boarding groups that have to get through. Because I have the Barclaycard Aviator AAdvantage business card, I am assigned to Group 5. It never fails that I have to make my way through a crowd of people hovering right in front of the jetway blocking the entrance.
I can understand wanting to be near the gate so that you can board as soon as your group is called. But back up a little, please, so people can get through!
It bothers me when people try to get on an elevator before people have had a chance to get off. I realize if you’re not used to using elevators, this may not be intuitive.
My kids still have a hard time waiting to jump on, and I frequently have to remind them to step back. But grown adults should know better.
Thankfully, travel is mostly great, so I just try to roll with the annoyances.
Do you share any of these pet peeves? What other travel pet peeves do you have?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.