Who are the most obnoxious people? Buckeye fans? Soccer Moms in the the Wal-Mart toy aisle on Black Friday morning? The 1%? Tea Partiers? Real Housewives? None of the above. The most obnoxious people are rude travelers. Something about airports and airplanes brings out the worst in people.
MOST RUDE TRAVELERS
Seat Hoggers: It’s standing room only in the boarding area and you’ve got the gall to use the seat next to you for your carry-on bag. Born in a barn?
Boarding Gate Blockers: You’re Boarding Group 9? Then get out of my way.
Space Invaders: I don’t care if you *are* 7′ 10″ and weigh 315 pounds: it’s not my problem, remove your elbow from my gallbladder. Oh, and that puffy winter jacket that you’re wearing? It goes overhead. I’ll concede the armrest to you, but my charity ends there.
Space Pouters: Your space begins at the point where my tilted-back seat ends, and ends at the point where your tilted-back seat ends, and it’s the same for everyone on the plane — including me — except for the people in the front row and the poor schmucks in the back row. I know this can be a challenging concept because you can’t see the space behind you. Regardless, spare me your indignation when I exercise my right to recline. FULL RECLINATION IS MY RIGHT.
Aisle Rushers: I learned back in kindergarten to exit the bus row by row, from front to back. We all grasped the concept before first grade, even Eddie Hibner. But if disembarking four seconds sooner than the rest of us is more important to you than your dignity, go for it.
Carousel Crowders: Do you and your entire, nuclear, extended family — plus your luggage cart — really need to loom over the baggage carousel like you’re in a football huddle? Here’s a crazy idea: step BACK so everyone can see and step UP to grab your luggage when it comes around.
Rude travelers: Repent!