Baggage Claims Chaos
A Domestic in departures
Becoming preoccupied with things you have no intention of buying.
Like the time I stood fascinated by a display of drones. Some of them looked like creepy sci fi space alien robot type things!! 🤖
Plus the time I kept eyeing up some really cool looking ski goggles….whilst waiting for a flight to the tropics. 🏝 🐠
Why are we waiting 🎶
Just when you thought nothing could ruin the mood….
Immigration/customs forms. Any kind of form.
Cabin crew come down the aisle handing them out – and everyone starts rumaging around for pens and passport numbers, turning trays into desks 😌
Talk about killing the mood.
You were relaxed, cruising above the clouds, day/dreaming about something nice, then you have to start filling out application forms like you’re applying for a job, not to mention reading the ridiculously tiny print and wondering which might be trick questions, and whether you’ll end up being detained for not declaring a packet of chewing gum or something… 🔍📊
Guilty of Nail Polish Remover
Musical Departure Gates
The Challenge of Airport Loos
Is it too much to ask, to have toilet cubicles that accommodate luggage as well as a person – as standard (make it a global standard, somebody please) and at least one hook on the door for bags/jackets and other random paraphanailia, please.
Daylight Robbery 👮🏼♂️
Money that refuses to be spent: nobody??
I’m Not Eating That – Airport Food
Who’s bag is this?
When you forgot you left a liquid item in your hand luggage “who’s is this bag?” and then they look at you like you’re a terrorist before you do the the walk of shame so they can inspect the bag personally. You cringe at the thought of having to re-pack it all nicely – AGAIN. People have no idea how long it takes to manouver everything into perfect position. 😩
Why don”t boarding calls go in order of the back of the plane first – wouldn’t this be more helpful in reducing the mayhem of trying to squeeze past everyone at the front if you’re trying to get to the middle or back. 🤔
Some Entertainment Please
Air Travel – Things I read somewhere…😮
- People change their babies nappies on the same seat trays you put your food on, the trays don’t always get wiped ‘according to so called insiders’ and microbiologists have confirmed this horrifying reality (article in the Independent )
- Apparently many planes fail water saftey tests – riddled with harmful bacteria
- Some cabin crew staff on a Korean airline are permitted to use tasers on passengers
Things that help make it better
Flying off somewhere always feels better when the weather is miserable and gloomy, rainy and cold at take off. This makes the whole departure experience all the more satisfying. 😌
A nice big breakfast before an outbound take off (if it’s a morning flight).
A new perfume for a new trip.
And of course – getting an unexpected upgrade would also make everything much much better.
Staying on a positive note.
That flutter of excitement when your departure gate finally comes up on the screen ✈️ and the relief when the walk to your gate isn’t as far as you thought 😉 not to mention the satisfaction when the e-passport machine in immigration recognises you straight away when you get home. 🥇
The Joys of air travel!
On the grand scheme of things I suppose none of the above really matter! Being able to travel overseas is always a privilege that many around the world might never experience……stiil, it’s amusing to think about it all.
It’s starting to feel like an endless rant now so I’ll stop 🙊 😊 but please share your own airport and air travel antics, amusements and smirk worthy observations below….
Rants are also very much welcome💫😉 get it off your chest!
23 thoughts on “Air Travel Antics, and Smirk Worthy Observations”
Ah it’s been a long while since I experienced the fun and games of air travel. I’m guessing some things haven’t altered in spite of a global health crisis 🙂
Probably not lol 😊✈️
“A new perfume for a new trip.” I had a brand new tub of heavenly (and expensive) “body butter” my sister had given me for my birthday and realized AFTER checking my bags that I wouldn’t be permitted to take it on board. I ended up giving it to a sweet looking little old lady in the airport. (She seemed delighted. – I REALLY hope the middle-aged couple sitting with her didn’t make her throw it away.)
I love traveling alone. I have met so many interesting people on the plane, heard some amazing life stories, and made new friends after two or three hours of non-stop conversation.
And sometimes the experience has been rough and taught me not to judge the one who’s being “THAT passenger.”
Sounds like you have quite a few fond memories there – lovely, and it’s great to be able to laugh about some of them, and not take yourself too seriously!
So funny 🙂
For the love of traveling
Very fun post and everything is so true
Thanks Angela ✨
So funny thinking about this. I really don’t miss having to faff about finding my boarding pass every time I buy a bottle of water or something in departures, small thing but really annoying, my boarding pass ends up looking dog eared by the time I board the plane.
PS. I hope you got your shots and are planning a trip somewhere?
Very true. (Air travel is becoming some sort of an ordeal for me…) let me add one experience: the little girl with a major cold coughing for 12 hours on the Air France flight back to mexico. I caught a flu a week later. Lingering cough that wouldn’t stop. Then my daughters got it. Then my MD son-in-law tested his MD wife. Whooping cough. Immediate treatment for her, me and all other suspected victims. Overall, I probably infected close to 50 people, thanks to moron parents traveling with a non-vaccinated little girl. (And the airlines claim the air is constantly filtered and recycled? 🤣
Oh no!!! That’s awful. 🤒 Definitely not the kind of souvenir you want to be bringing home and sharing so widely – very unlucky….hopefully the child survived it too (since it’s particularly deadly for children). Coughers aside, when you think about the amount of germs on planes, it’s pretty cringy. Each flight probably gives our immune systems a good boost lol. 😬
Wishing you healthier trips ahead – as and when you go. No plans for me for now.
Very bad experience indeed, and you’re right, I hope the little girl was treated correctly. Fortunately my grandson who was only a baby then, had just been vaccinated.
(Speaking of which did you get your shots?)
Thank you for your good wishes, fingers crossed.
Hope you make some plans for the summer.
Just like you I wish healthier trips to people who want them in future whether vaccinated or not and beware of people asking for unnecessary personal information about you on blogs like this my dear I’ve noticed a lot of it!!
I took a two week training with a company that cleans airlines at Orlando International Airport. On my first night on the job we cleaned a plane from a flight from Brazil. It was disgusting! I had to clean in between the seats where people stuffed tissues, wrappers, cookies, and whatever else. I cleaned the trays, headrests, armrests, change the magazine and airline guide. Thank goodness I didn’t have the job of cleaning the restrooms. The plane looked like there was a fight on the flight, just a big gigantic mess! And it smelled (not good!) We had twenty minutes to clean the plane, replace the blankets, pillows, head sets, etc. What I learned was I don’t want to clean planes, I quit the next day. Now when I fly I know it makes no sense rushing to gate when they announce my flight. The passengers have to disembark, security goes on the plane to check it and then the crew has twenty minutes to clean it and fuel it up and take garbage off and put the food/beverages on. So I just sit and relax myself and besides I’ve got a seat all the way in the back on the plane.
20 minutes doesn’t seem long enough to clean properly, sounds like a very rushed job, but interesting for you to have seen behind the scenes.✈️ I don’t think I’d want to hear about cleaning the restrooms 😬 (probably a bit scary).
Working in business class lounge we had a couple plus a nanny/friend/relative with triplet babies. Everyone thought they were so cute until everything started disintegrating and all the babies were crying. Then the passengers were going up to the desk to check if they were going to be sitting near the babies and asking to be moved.
Triplets, that must have been pretty loud!!😩 Hopefully the plane wasn’t full.
Getting stuck in traffic and missing my flight! 🙂
Oh no!!!!! That’s got to be the worst thing 😩
Expensive, and embarrassing, and well disaster.
You just never know with traffic on the day – always a gamble. Yikes…hope you still managed to make your trip in the end ✈️
I did, fortunately it was a quieter week and only interstate, but it was a close call.