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Dec 30 2011

The Worst Types of People to Sit By While Traveling

Published by at 9:00 am under Editorial

If you’re anything like us, you were busy traveling all over the place these past couple weeks. That’s what you get when the holidays come calling.

No matter if you were driving or flying, it’s never a good scene. You’re either stuck in an overstuffed car/bus, or packed like sardines onto an overbooked flight. Which one’s worse? That’s like asking if we like our hair being pulled less than a tooth being yanked.

Regardless of the travel arrangements, we can all agree it completely sucks being stuck next to someone that’s… well, unpleasant. For that, we hope you avoided these types of people on your last trip home.

1. The Fat Guy


Yep, it’s completely obvious, but guess what? So is that stench coming from him. Thanks to your girlfriend over-sleeping and not getting you that A seating number, you’re now absolutely stuck next to him. Chances are he passes out within five minutes of boarding, leaving you the chance to smell exactly what he had about ten minutes prior to boarding.

2. The All-Too-Loving Parents

It’s great to see a family taking a vacation together. With the advances in tech, and the demands of work, it gets lost all too often. But seeing that Hallmark card family at a beach diner and sitting next to them on a four-hour flight is completely different. If the headache from the littlest one crying doesn’t make you want to jump out of the plane, the never-ending questions about the trip to be will.

3. The Businessman

Typically on your morning flights, this guy’s got the hair greased back, suit prim and proper, and laptop at full strength to always make a deal. God help you for trying to respect his work habits by toning him out with the Black Keys from your iPod – but that’s of course a no-go because it’s too loud and distracting him. Oh, and don’t even try to start a conversation with him, he’s not taking his eyes off that screen… this includes the question, ‘Excuse me. I need to use the restroom.” Hold it, bud.

4. The Mega Hot Chick

In most cases this would be a good thing. But trust us, we’ve had it “ironically” happen too many times to know it sucks. She’s great to look at while waiting at the Gate, but if you sit next to her, you’re instantly stepping into first date territory. Whether a 45-minute flight, or a cross-country one, you’ll have more than enough time to realize why she’s traveling solo. It’s either she’s single and annoying as all hell, or because she’s coming back from a 3-day weekend of banging her man. Either way, she just cost you solid time to catch-up on your sleep from a nonstop binger.

5. The Old Folks

We love our Grandma, but that doesn’t mean that we’d want to spend an entire flight sitting next to her – or anyone else old enough to have graduated high school with Bob Barker. It’s engrained in our brains to respect our elders, so naturally we answer every single question they fire our way. That includes work-related, family, and of course, relationship ones. Yes, they’re always at inopportune times. Yes, they can never understand what the hell you’re talking about anyway.





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5 responses so far

  • Sum Guyh

    #1 worst: Anyone that spends time listing people they don”t want to sit next to while flying. Why? Has to be so full of themsleves that they are a Grand o’ Asshole.

  • Freqfly

    You should probably just take a flight by yourself..preferably off a cliff since no one seems to meet your standards on planet earth. Perhaps you are the one no one wants to sit next to in an airplane.

  • Jimmy

    The snarkiness and total apathy of blogs like this truly mark the end of civilization. Let’s point the powerful finger of truth at absolutely everything and mock it!

    There is a huge difference between speaking truth to power and making fun of the retarded kid on the playground.

  • Ant

    Fingo, ignore these idiots. Everyone has people they HATE to sit next/near to on flights. I find it makes the journey a lot more pleasant if you become a hated one though. Spread out, listen to your music too loud, and just don’t care.

  • http://www.turcolegal.com Damian Turco

    Okay, I admit that several years ago, before I started traveling on a weekly basis, I would have related better to these. . . . but after a while you become a bit numb to the craziness around you at the airport and on planes. All walks of life engage in air travel and many of them are scared about falling out of the sky when doing so. I recommend sitting back and enjoying the comedy.

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