I’m not certain what I find most annoying—the fact that certain things annoy me, or that they annoy me every time they occur. I’m also not certain what happens to you when you are annoyed; when I am annoyed what happens is an inner rant.
Annoyance: I dislike airline travel. The tight fit, the uncomfortable seats, the teeny packets of peanuts, being herded like cattle, the seedy, worn appearance of most passenger jets, and most of all—here is the annoyance—passengers who will not check their luggage. The cover of the April 16, 2012 issue of The New Yorker—a brilliant depiction of a scene that, no matter how small you believe government should be, should be outlawed. Out. Lawed. (The rant has begun.)
Inner rant: I’ve heard people say they will not check luggage because the airlines now charge for each bag. That is annoying, I agree, but if you can afford to fly at all you can afford the added luggage fee. It’s part of the cost. Budget for it. If you really can’t afford it, stay home. I’ve heard other people claim they will not check luggage because luggage is sometimes lost. True enough, and more than annoying, but that is merely part of the inconvenience of travel, which is, you should remember, a choice. If you are going to travel, you will need to take your chances like the rest of us. Besides, it doesn’t happen all that often. The reason I’ve heard most often, however, are people saying they will not check their luggage because it saves them time. Of all the excuses I’ve heard, this is the one that is the most annoying. I have no doubt that you save time by not checking luggage. What you must realize is that you steal time from the rest of us while we wait for you to store it all and then wrestle it back out of the overhead bins. Some of us would like to get out of this crowded space, stretch our legs, and stop breathing germ-laden reused air. Some of us desperately need to find a bathroom. Some of us are just annoyed watching you work up a sweat heaving the equivalent of a home closet in and out of a little bin that was designed to hold briefcases and little bags. And some of us don’t like having strangers waste our time and then consider it a smart move.
OK, rant over.
Am I the only one?
I’d love to hear what annoys you, and your rants, even if it is about the unhappy looks you receive from fellow passengers while retrieving 55-gallon oil drums from overhead bins.