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For Fellow Impatient Travelers: Tips So You'll Never Be "That Guy!" When You Fly

Stellajack

Lady Tremaine's School of Refinement drop-out
Premium Member
Weather_Lady; YES! The dude in the TSA line who hasn't done a single thing to get ready to pass through security! It makes me wonder if these guys aren't "plants" for real-time training purposes, especially now that they have reps at the beginning of security lines to tell you even before you put items in the bins, "sir, you'll need to untie those boots, take off your chains, etc."

The guy who stows his carryon and then rises to go through it for retrieval of some item that he can't live without for the trip duration is the absolute worst. He brings the entire boarding process to a halt. The best response to him is to squeeze between him and the arm rest behind you. At least he will think about it the next time, especially when travelers boarding behind you follow suit and his thighs take a beating from the pressure of the arm rest in his own row.

All these annoyances are going on while the airline crew are announcing, "ladies and gentlemen please board, stow your carryons and take your seat quickly so we can get underway". I believe the airlines are the primary reason boarding is chaotic. Years ago when they boarded from back to front, the entire process was smoother. Anyway that's my two cents on this process. All the observations have been right on.
 

ninjaprincesst

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One more thing I have with Southwest boarding when you have lets say A25 boarding don't run up to the sign that says A1-25 and try to be the first in line, you are A25 not A1 get back so A 1-24 can actually get in line in the correct order. I know counting is hard, but I'm sure your 5 year old would be more than happy to help.
 

awoogala

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The problem with the tsa at orlando is that they change their mind constantly. In September, they were yelling in our faces NOT to take anything out, NOT to remove shoes. screaming, honestly. (I was in the process of removing everything...).
February trip, same side of airport, no one saying anything, I started to remove everything, they started yelling at everyone to remove everything.. they need to stay consistent.
 

ninjaprincesst

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The problem with the tsa at orlando is that they change their mind constantly. In September, they were yelling in our faces NOT to take anything out, NOT to remove shoes. screaming, honestly. (I was in the process of removing everything...).
February trip, same side of airport, no one saying anything, I started to remove everything, they started yelling at everyone to remove everything.. they need to stay consistent.
Yea time we flew out of Orlando they were yelling telling everyone not to remove anything including watches and jewelry and screamed at my daughter over leaving her mouse ears on and pulled my husband to the side for screening because of his watch, and they just yelled us to leave everything on.
 
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Phonedave

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Yea time we flew out of Orlando they were yelling telling everyone not to remove anything including watches and jewelry and screamed at my daughter over leaving her mouse ears on and pulled my husband to the side for screening because of his watch, and they just yelled us to leave everything on.
I'm PreCheck, so I don't know if this pertains to all TSA lanes, The last three times I have flown (since March), in 5 of 6 airports (only Kerflavik in Iceland did not do this) I start to remove my watch and they stop me and say "You don't need to remove that". I say "It sets off your detectors". They say "please just go through". Then I set off the detectors, they wand me, and hand examine my watch.

Newark, Atlanta, Dallas-Forth Worth, JFK, Grand Cayman - Same thing in each airport.

-dave
 

Phonedave

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Here's one of my pet peeves: please don't be that guy (in tight, coach seating) who reclines his seat back so far, that it's practically in the face of the passenger in the row behind hm! 😠

I'm 6'4" and while I don't particularly like it, I tolerate people reclining their seat - if they are going to sleep / recline. It's when they immediately recline the seat back as soon as they are allowed to, then put down their tray table, set up their tablet, and watch a movie while leaning forward so they can see the screen. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO RECLINE THE SEAT BACK?

Oh, and if you are going to recline, let the person behind you know before you do, or at least recline slowly. The person behind may have stuff on the tray table, and when you recline the seat at Mach 5, everything goes flying into their lap. It never happened to me, but I have also seen people have tablets / laptops get wedged between the tray table and the recessed area of the seat during a violent recline.
 

ninjaprincesst

Well-Known Member
I'm PreCheck, so I don't know if this pertains to all TSA lanes, The last three times I have flown (since March), in 5 of 6 airports (only Kerflavik in Iceland did not do this) I start to remove my watch and they stop me and say "You don't need to remove that". I say "It sets off your detectors". They say "please just go through". Then I set off the detectors, they wand me, and hand examine my watch.

Newark, Atlanta, Dallas-Forth Worth, JFK, Grand Cayman - Same thing in each airport.

-dave
I know , it's like they just want to slow things down.
 

ninjaprincesst

Well-Known Member
I'm 6'4" and while I don't particularly like it, I tolerate people reclining their seat - if they are going to sleep / recline. It's when they immediately recline the seat back as soon as they are allowed to, then put down their tray table, set up their tablet, and watch a movie while leaning forward so they can see the screen. WHY DID THEY HAVE TO RECLINE THE SEAT BACK?

Oh, and if you are going to recline, let the person behind you know before you do, or at least recline slowly. The person behind may have stuff on the tray table, and when you recline the seat at Mach 5, everything goes flying into their lap. It never happened to me, but I have also seen people have tablets / laptops get wedged between the tray table and the recessed area of the seat during a violent recline.
I saw a laptop go flying into the isle, drinks spilt in people lap, but my favorite was when the mach 5 recline into my knees caused me to violently twist my knee trying to escape it and I got a torn meniscus on my way to Disney world, the land of walking, I think people should have a little common courtesy when you see someone tall or long legged behind you don't recline, it's not that much more comfortable for you and much more comfortable for the person behind you.
 

ninjaprincesst

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Sorry, but the whole allergens thing... no. If I want peanuts on an airplane then I’m not going to ponder the 4% of people who have an allergy and perhaps the sub 1% who are allergic without touch. I’m not cracking shells and leaving everything on the floor.
I understand but I sure would not want to be that person who caused that 1% to die. When I was in high school a girl died because someone threw away a snickers wrapper in the trash can in the classroom.
 
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