Oh boy. Yesterday was an insane travel day. Even though day trips are always long, I should have known how rough it would be when my alarm was set for 430am, but my baby woke up at 4am. “Please, Mini Warrior!” I said. “Please can I have my extra 30 minutes!” He declined. At DFW, the Skylink was only working in one direction so I wasn’t able to get on an earlier flight to Nashville; it would have taken me like five minutes to get to the gate going the right way, but going all the way around took almost 25. Sigh. While driving back to the airport to go home the traffic was so bad that I was afraid I would miss my flight. But no worries! Because the minute I got to the gate the hour-long delay was announced. Eventually, I made it back home and was in my bed at 2am. Ouch.
In the middle of all of that, I noticed two etiquette scenarios that I wanted to talk about. On my first leg, I was sitting in the aisle, people watching. Boarding was about halfway complete, and so far there hadn’t been any drama or excitement. But that ended when I saw a passenger put his two smaller bags in the overhead bin near row 8, then proceed back to row 24 to sit down. I turned around to check, and there were still plenty of open bins towards the middle and rear of the plane. This is one of my major pet peeves—especially because he put the smaller bags in the DEF side where the rollaboards are supposed to go! What made this even worse was that he was a captain with the airline. Seriously, shouldn’t he know better??
Then on the way home, I was at the Nashville airport going through security. I counted myself lucky because I was running behind (I thought) and the lane for Elite travelers was much shorter than the rest. But after going through the machines I had to wait for several minutes for my stuff. Instead of picking up his bins and moving out of the way, the man in front of me painstakingly picked up each coin, piece of paper, and key and placed them slooooowly in his pocket. One at a time. OMG.
Two of my pet peeves, happening right in front of me, in one day! What I would have recommended to the captain from the first flight is to have placed his bags in an overhead bin nearer to his seat (and to have at least tried to fit them in the AB side). To the second gentleman, and everyone else who goes through airport security, I would recommend to PLEASE pick up your bins and other belongings and take them to the bench just a few feet away!! If you need to pause to put your (hopefully slip-on) shoes on, that’s one thing. But all of the little stuff can wait until you’re at the bench.
Whew! What a day. Readers, have you seen any etiquette breaches you’d like to call out?