Last month I had the opportunity to go and visit my parents in the State of Georgia. It was a very short trip, but it was one that I had to make since I had not seen them in almost three years. I was traveling solo which I was excited about, but at the same time I was not looking forward to some of the normal things I would encounter on trips. So I put together 4 reasons when traveling in an airliner can be uncomfortable.
1. TURBULENCE– Yeah, not a big fan. I realize that turbulence has never been the cause of crash, but I still can’t help and sit there white knuckled grabbing the arm rests like I was in a dentist’s chair. Then, there is always the uncertainty of when the next “drop” will come or how severe it will be. The pilots do a great job of preparing you these days. They flip the “fasten seat belts” sign when they know the aircraft will be approaching air pockets. However, I do find myself sitting there in anticipation and wondering how rough it is going to get.
My worst experience was back in the summer of 2011. I was flying into Tampa on an American Airlines 737 and we hit a thunderstorm. The plane was bouncing all over the place and the Captain must have been a former fighter pilot because he took that flying bus and descended us to a safe landing like he was flying a F-16!
2. GETTING ON AND OFF THE PLANE QUICKLY – This can be annoying. I am always prepared with all my belongings when I’m boarding or disembarking. It amazes me how unorganized others are. Sometimes they just don’t care how long it takes them to put in or take out their luggage from the overhead compartment. Most people tend to over pack their suitcases and they end up being heavy and awkward. Meanwhile a traffic jam starts.
3. MR. OR MRS. LOUD CELL PHONE TALKER – I find this to be rude. It’s kind of like when you’re in a public restroom and there is someone in the stall next to you talking on a phone. EVERYONE can hear you! Recently, I was on a flight to Atlanta and there was a woman 2 rows back talking so loud that I put my headphones on and cranked up my iPod, but not before hearing all about her college years and how her parents were happily retired in Sarasota. 🙂
4. CONNECTING IN HUBS – With Airlines merging there will be more flights to hubs. Hubs are like bases for airlines. Major airports like Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, Newark, Denver, Miami, LAX and JFK are all hubs and large, busy airports.
While flying into a hub is fine for the most part, catching a connecting flight can be challenging and frustrating if you are strapped for time. All these airports have multiple runways which they need for all arrivals and departures. The problem is, taxiways get jammed with numerous aircraft trying to take off and others that have landed and are trying to get to the gate.
If you have to make a connection, pray that it’s close to the gate you arrived at! I’ve flown through both Atlanta and Miami and my connecting flights have been in a different terminals and I wasn’t even using two separate airlines!
What are some of your reasons that traveling with an airline can be uncomfortable for you?
Happy Travels ~ Ruthie
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