By Amanda O.
Here at RA Travel we don’t just help others arrange their trips. We are a group of people equally passionate about travel ourselves. As frequent travelers, and even more frequent flyers we feel qualified to inform you, and warn you of the 5 types of people you’ll see while flying.
- The Nervous One
This is a classic plane traveler. It’s no surprise the fears of heights and flying run rampant among people who still use flight as a travel option. This person is obviously very nervous about the trip, but is trying very very hard not to be.
Classic Warning Signals: Chatty Kathy Syndrome, Drink in Hand & Nervous High Pitched Laughter
How to travel with this person: Take a deep breath, find your seat and stick in those earbuds. Headphone serve as the universal antidote to Chatty Kathy syndrome. If this gem of a travel buddy ignores your signal, order yourself a drink and listen to their story- it might be a long flight.
2. The Ones with Tiny Humans
Also known as the Inconvenient Youth, these are people who have attempted for some reason or another to bring a very small child on the plane. The child on rare and magical occasions will sleep. Usually however they cry - loudly - and you're stuck wondering whether to feel worse for those parents or your own eardrums.
Classic warning signs: A stroller, adorable giggling that slowy turns sour, & the distinct smell of animal crackers and spit.
How to travel with this person: While admittedly, there have got to be better ways to travel with children, there’s nothing that poor baby or its parents can do. We take medicine and chew gum to avoid the pains of flying but poor inexperienced babies have no idea why their head is suddenly exploding. They communicate the only way they know how - crying. you’ll need some sound canceling headphones for this one.
3. The One with only “one” carry on
This person thinks they are quite the rebel. After many airlines began charging extra for checked bag, this person evolved from the like of couponers and bargain shoppers. They have “one” carry on item that's really two, plus a personal item (a full backpack), plus their purse and a laptop. Trying to sit next to this person in standard sized airplane seats is a challenge not meant for the weak. Their excessive baggage tends to lean far outside their seat border, and they do not believe in sharing the arm rest.
Classic warning signs: large coats for hiding extra items, skipping over the carry-on measuring port, shoving oversized bags into undersized overhead compartments
How to travel with this person: The classic aisle or window move. Purchase a seat near the window so you can lean against the wall, or a seat on the aisle for the extra room - that way this traveler's boundary problems won’t leave you with an even smaller amount of space.
4. The One who packed their own lunch
This traveler is the person who prefers their own cooking to in flight meals. Out of their personal item comes tupperwares, sandwiches, silverware, and you’re genuinely surprised when they don’t top it all off with a tablecloth and romantic candle light. The problem here can be the *potent* scents that will waft into your living space and stay there the entire flight.
Classic warning signs: The sounds of chips crunching when they put their bag down, the turndown of in flight refreshments & most of all the aforementioned scent.
How to travel with this person: This one is mildly difficult, because short of Febreezing them, it doesn’t seem like there’s much you can do. But! If you come prepared with a small car air freshener or drawer potpourri placing it subtly between the seats might help you avoid the scent, and hey you might get lucky, maybe the food will smell delicious.
5. Board or Death
This is the traveller who thinks boarding zones and seat classifications do not apply to them. They challenge everything, and as soon as the door is open they charge the gate like its the last plane out or a war zone.
Classic warning signs: At security they tried to get the TSA to make an exception for their bottle of water, sitting on the edge of their seat 20 minutes before boarding time & no use of phones or games while waiting
How to travel with this person: Truthfully patience is the only solution here. These people are on every flight every day around the entire world, but at least once everyone is sitting - the pain will be over.
A more simple solution to all of these problem is to book with RA travel. We provide a luxury standard of service unparalleled by others. We also have extensive experience working with and booking personal planes.Our network of experienced business partners can help make every flight you take simple, comfortable and quiet. We promise we will provide you with the most lavish form of travel, and you’ll never have to worry about any of these plane companions.