Stop reclining your airplane seat.
You. Yes, you.
Two domestic airlines already limit your ability to lean back in economy class. Even if the airline doesn’t make the decision for you, it’s the polite thing to do. And, most important, it’s the right thing to do.
“Seat reclining is one of the most irritating, inconvenient, self-indulgent habits,” says Simon Sapper, an organizational consultant and frequent traveler based in London. “Period.”
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What are the worst travel annoyances? And is there any way to fix the them, besides staying home?
For Brett Manders, the answer to “what drives you crazy?” is simple. “The carousel cozy-uppers,” he says. You know, the folks who crowd around the baggage carousel after a flight lands.
“I’m 100% certain that your bags will not come out any quicker the closer you are to the baggage carousel,” says Manders, an international airline pilot who wrote the book “Behind the Flight Deck Door.”
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Ever seen pictures online of airline passengers misbehaving? It’s called passenger shaming.
It’s hard to unsee the images of barefoot passengers propping their feet on their TV screens or seat in front of them. Or of the gross items people put in the seatback pockets. Or of the babies getting a diaper change on an open tray table.
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Yelena Shuster’s case looked hopeless. She had a one-way, nonrefundable airline ticket from New York to Los Angeles on United Airlines – and she wanted a refund.
“I got sick, which turned into a terrible sinus infection,” says Shuster, a college counselor who lives in New York. “My doctor advised me to cancel the trip.”
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They’re inconsiderate. They irritate you. And sometimes, they infect you. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could stop these difficult passengers from flying?
Two “no-fly” lists already exist. The government has one, which is a subset of the Terrorist Screening Database, or terrorist watchlist. Generally, you land on that list because you might blow up a plane. Airlines also maintain smaller lists of passengers whose business is unwelcome. You can get on it by threatening a crew member or misbehaving on a flight.
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