Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Are airline travellers selfish or stupid?

Two domestic flights today and several examples of travel idiocy.

First a flight from Hobart to Melbourne was delayed; putting several passengers with a connection to Perth in danger of missing their next flight. 

The crew did the right thing; asking all passengers to remain seated until the Perth-bound folk had exited the plane. 

The announcement was clear and easily understood - and was completely ignored by the vast majority of passengers, including two middle-aged women who did their best to block the aisle. 

Flight two: a jam-packed one from Melbourne to Sydney. 

Despite clear regulations (and test units) that travellers were restricted to one hand baggage unit of a maximum of 7kg and defined dimensions, at least half the passengers carried either full-size suitcases or two or three bags. 


The result, of course, was that there was not enough space for all the baggage. Qantas, of course, should have refused access to those with bags so heavy they could barely lift them - but whatever happened to common decency? 

My third gripe of the day is those passengers with lamentably weak bladders. 

No soon has the seat belt sign been turned off than these creatures rise in unison to head for the toilets. 

No matter there were copious toilets in the waiting lounge. No matter the crew are trying to do a food and beverage run on a 50-minute flight, these travellers need to block the aisle. 

Just what is going on. Are Australian travellers selfish or just stupid? Your thoughts? 




3 comments:

  1. You summed up most domestic flights i have been on. Lets not forget the airlines that have daily maintenance issues that cause cancelled flights. Virgin are the worst followed closely by Jetstar. There is also that little gem where they put their seat back because they cant sit up for longer than 1 hour. What is up with those passengers that must use the toilet as soon as the light is off. Knowing you are in a confined flying tube for at least an hour should prompt a preboarding toilet visit. I know frst world problems but there is little respect these days between our fellow travellers.

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  2. You summed up most domestic flights i have been on. Lets not forget the airlines that have daily maintenance issues that cause cancelled flights. Virgin are the worst followed closely by Jetstar. There is also that little gem where they put their seat back because they cant sit up for longer than 1 hour. What is up with those passengers that must use the toilet as soon as the light is off. Knowing you are in a confined flying tube for at least an hour should prompt a preboarding toilet visit. I know frst world problems but there is little respect these days between our fellow travellers.

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