Which are the worst passengers?

Airport staff have seen it all. From drunken dropkicks driving other passengers mad, to overly twee tourists getting under the skin of their fellow travellers. But which ones are worse?


Well, according to this former gate agent who reported for Conde Nast Traveler, you should really try to stay off this list, or you’ll quickly fall out of favour with flight attendants and the like.


The hoverer
Someone who stands at the front of the line way before you’re called to board.


The instigator
A person who, for example, when a plane is delayed, stirs up the people around him so that he doesn’t feel bad about being the only oneupset at said delay.


The procrastinator
As the name suggests, someone who leaves everything to the last minute, such as organising seat placements or special dietary requirements just as passengers are about to board.

The musical meditator
The traveller who never takes off their headphones, even during boarding, or when gate agents say hello. Bit rude, actually.

The hygienically negligent
They arrive at the airport sick and sniffily, smelling like boiled lettuce, holding dirty tissues and sneezing every which way.

The conversationalist
Chatting to their travel buddy about their all-important life story – the fact that their dog has a ganglion cyst and their predilection for oyster-stuffed monkey brains – and they cannot be interrupted, even while boarding.


This is just a brief rundown. For the full explainers, which are quite humorous, check out Conde Nast Traveler.


Have you checked any of these boxes?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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