By USA Today
Frequent fliers, attendants share stories of rude travelers
Top 10 pet peeves of frequent business travelers
USA TODAY’s Road Warriors, frequent travelers who fly many miles each year, have their gripes. Ten of them:
•Loud cellphone conversations.
•People who disobey the rules and try to carry on too many bags or carry too much liquid through security.
•People who play music so loudly, even with earplugs or headphones, that others can hear it.
•Disrespect that passengers show to flight attendants and gate personnel.
•Parents who don’t try to control their children.
•People who think the “turn-off-all-electronics” message is not for them.
•Passengers who carry on and eat messy or smelly food.
•People who board with multiple or oversize bags and fill the bins in the front of the cabin when they’re seated in the rear.
•Reclining a seat in a tight coach cabin.
•Leaving a window shade open when everyone else has closed theirs and is trying to sleep.
Flight attendants’ Top 10 pet peeves
Travelers can irk flight crews, too. Here — from members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants union, which represents nearly 18,000 American Airlines flight attendants — are 10 ways:
•Walking around the aircraft without shoes, especially in the lavatory.
•Changing a diaper in the seat or on the tray table.
•Clipping fingernails and toenails on the aircraft.
•Keeping headphones on when you start talking to attendants.
•Speaking in a condescending and angry tone when it’s not appropriate.
•Hanging arms or legs out in the aisle when the food and beverage cart is coming.
•Standing in the galley and restroom areas to stretch and do exercises.
•Keeping electronic devices on after the announcement has been made to turn them off.
•Bringing stinky food on the plane.
•Carrying on a bag you can’t lift into the overhead bin.