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Things that annoys me just a bit.. May 22

I travel a bit both for pleasure and business and there are a couple of things that annoys me just a bit. It is not like I loose any sleep over these issues but they do puzzle me. First up…picture that you are landing with a plane somewhere. After the wheels touch the ground the flight attendant normally starts announcing “Welcome to [the city you are landing in], please remain seated with your seatbelt fastened…etc etc” You know the drill if you have been on a few flights. In Norway they also announce that cell phones should be remained switched off (as e.g. SAS does not allow flight mode during take off and landing) until the fasten seatbelt sign has been switched off. So what is the first sound you hear while the announcement is in progress? Of course it is the start up tune from various Nokia, SonyEricsson and other cell phones. I’m not sure it would kill people to just respect the rules and keep the phone switched off for another 60 second (it doesn’t take long to park at the gate at e.g. Stavanger airport) – is it really that important to switch on the phone to check your messages? Most of the time the passengers have to wait a bit inside the plane after it has been parked as it takes a bit of time for passengers to disembark. This means that you actually have a chance then to switch on the phone.

The next thing that puzzles me is the situation around the baggage belt. For some reason people rush to the baggage belt and most of the time they get there before their luggage. So where is the natural place to park your trolley? For most people this seems to be right next to the belt…as close as possible so that no one else can squeeze between the trolley and the belt. I’m not sure why people do this…it is not like the baggage will come any faster due to this. This wall of people and trolleys makes it almost impossible to see when the suitcases comes onto the baggage belt and when it does, you have to break through the wall of people to get it. And even if the people are about to get a 25 kg heavy and huge Samsonite suitcase right into their legs, they still don’t want to move as they want to make sure that they occupy the little space next to the belt. This has been mentioned on various travel sites and this normally sparks a debate. In the debates almost everyone agrees that this is annoying – so how can it be that 99% of the passengers coming out of the plane is squeezed into the baggage belt? I guess we will never know Winking smile

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  1. And what about the fact that people don’t respect the “remain seated with your seatbelt fastened” announcement…?? I just hate it when I hear all the “clicking” going on when people unfasten their seatbelts in the exact same moment as the crew starts this announcement… And also that everybody get up from their seat even before the plane has reached the gate. No one can get out before the plane has stopped anyway…. This is just some of the things that annoy me – the list is waaaay longer ;-)

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    Yeah, that is also a bit strange. I can understand that people want to get out of their seats after a 12 hour flight but it also happens on a short 25 minute flight from Bergen to Stavanger ;-)

  3. @Foreigner in Italy

    I agree. Especially when everyone is so excited to go out the plane they are already standing and lining up even before the door is open.

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    India Alpha 

    Hi, there is a difference between spending a casual day in the air (which I like) and travel in work (which I also like but do for 100+ days/yr). The total amount offline changes dramatically and therefor I prefer to switch on my phone as early as possible. It is not an excuse but an explanation. there is always 2 sides on a coin…

    regarding luggage, never ever travel with it, but I do share your point.

  5. 5

    Yeah, I travel a lot for business too but the few seconds that we are talking about is not going to make much of a difference. It happened once again when I came home from a business trip last week – the guy in front of me switched on his phone and got up before the “fasten safety belt” sign was removed….and the FA seemed to actually be a bit fed up so she walked over to him and asked him (or rather…told him) to switch of the phone and to fasten the seat belt. It seemed to throw him off quite a bit ;-)

    Gard – trip reports and pictures

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