Are You an Irritable Traveller?

 

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I once heard a theory that the reason why people get irritated when travelling is that man was not created to sit still in a confined space. You know, roaming around the jungle and climbing up trees. And that kind of thing.

Is it true? Maybe yes, maybe no. But there must be a very basic fundamental why travel can bring out the worst in us. And whatever that may be the fact is that we have all been that irritable traveller on occasions.

Be honest. How many times have you spread out your bags on the seat next to you on the train or bus, praying that nobody will plonk themselves down beside you? We’ve all done it.

What about the coveted armrest in steerage on the plane? No, you’ve never slithered your elbow on to it first in the hope that you can rule supreme? Yes, you have.

IRRITATION STATS

Here are a few from a recent poll that show how we behave when we are in caged animal mode:

Ignore Your Neighbour

16% of us ignore our neighbour on a flight. Oh yes, definitely. What if it’s a mouthey person that doesn’t shut up for the whole flight?

Skip the Boarding Queue

Would you skip the queue to board earlier than you should? Quite a few do (I can’t remember the stat). But what’s the point? Your seat is allocated (mostly). But on the other hand you may be able to commandeer more overhead bin space if you’re the bustling early bird.

Recline Your Seat

55% really go ballistic when the guy in front suddenly reclines his seat right into your lap without asking. Asking? Who the hell is ever going to ask you that?

Surly Cabin Crew

Surely they’re allowed to have an off-day too, don’t you think?

The Feral Child

The most accomplished irritant. And statistically you’re likely to encounter them on any flight. I don’t blame the child. I blame the brainless mums that didn’t teach their little Jonnies behavioural boundaries, that have immuned themselves to the screeching and that don’t appear to give a toss about the inconvenience caused to you.

What do you think?

First posted May 2014, written by Bibi Baskin.

 

R U an Irritable Traveller?

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I once heard a theory that the reason why people get irritated when travelling is that man was not created to sit still in a confined space. You know, roaming around the jungle and climbing up trees. And that kind of thing.

Is it true? Maybe yes, maybe no. But there must be a very basic fundamental why travel can bring out the worst in us. And whatever that may be the fact is that we have all been that irritable traveller on occasions.

Be honest. How many times have you spread out your bags on the seat next to you on the train or bus, praying that nobody will plonk themselves down beside you? We’ve all done it.

What about the coveted armrest in steerage on the plane? No, you’ve never slithered your elbow on to it first in the hope that you can rule supreme? Yes, you have.

IRRITATION STATS

Here are a few from a recent poll that show how we behave when we are in caged animal mode:

Ignore Your Neighbour

16% of us ignore our neighbour on a flight. Oh yes, definitely. What if it’s a mouthey person that doesn’t shut up for the whole flight?

 Skip the Boarding Queue

Would you skip the queue to board earlier than you should? Quite a few do (I can’t remember the stat). But what’s the point? Your seat is allocated (mostly). But on the other hand you may be able to commandeer more overhead bin space if you’re the bustling early bird.

 Recline Your Seat

 55% really go ballistic when the guy in front suddenly reclines his seat right into your lap without asking. Asking? Who the hell is ever going to ask you that?

Surly cabin crew

Surely they’re allowed to have an off-day too, don’t you think?

The Feral Child

The most accomplished irritant. And statistically you’re likely to encounter them on any flight. I don’t blame the child. I blame the brainless mums that didn’t teach their little Jonnies behavioural boundaries, that have immuned themselves to the screeching and that don’t appear to give a toss about the inconvenience caused to you.

What do you think?

 

Crucial Airline Info?

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 Sometimes I think we are all a bit crazier than we think. I speak lightly of course.

But take those in-your-face journey maps on an aeroplane. You know the ones that like to give you the vital information that its -56C outside. Just in case you’d take the notion of sticking your nose outside the door.

Then they want you to know that your ground speed is 758mph which must charm the hearts of all the aeronautical engineers on board but really aside from them who else cares?

And we absolutely need to know that we are flying at 39,000 ft or 11,877metres. Life just wouldn’t be the same without that detail.

Also its crucial to know that we are 2832 miles or 4557kms from our destination. Aagh! The numbers sound too big. I want to have arrived.

But the one that really gets me is Local Time at Destination. I’m already imagining what the friends are doing at the Destination while I sit trapped in a seat like a child in a buggy. And the minutes don’t exactly fly.

So this is where I allow self-deception to creep in. It’s a mental trick I use which sounds nonsensical but it works for me. I deliberately AVOID the Time to Destination figure while I’m still fresh enough to read the odd magazine, make a few notes, eat some food, freshen up, flick through the movies and so on.

If you check that figure when it’s still a whopping seven hours (and this is your second fight of the day) your heart with sink. But sneak a peek when its three hours to go and quickly that figure becomes 2hrs.50mins. Only two hours and a bit. This is the home stretch. Psychologically it’s doable. It’s the last lap in the race.

Let the countdown begin. Whoopee!

P.S. Of course you good sleepers who make me jealous don’t have this problem at all. Lucky you.