16 Flight Attendants And Pilots Share The Things You Do That Gets On Their Nerves

Flying can be a hectic experience, especially for those who don’t do it often enough to develop some sort of routine. But as rough as it can be on passengers, it’s even worse for the flight attendants and pilots who have to deal with them. It’s like working at a restaurant only you’re all crammed in super closely and you can’t actually kick disruptive customers out.

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But not everyone who annoys the heck out of people working to keep flights running smoothly is doing so on purpose. Some folks mean well and just don’t understand why certain protocols are in place or don’t know how to make everyone’s job easier.

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Either to help passengers and flight crews get on the same page, or to simply dunk on obnoxious passengers for fun, a Reddit user asked flight attendants and pilots in the community to share what sorts of things get on their last nerve during flights. 

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When they change their baby’s dirty nappy on the passenger seat.



When passengers get up as soon as the aircraft stops … y’all could be sitting effortlessly until we make the bridge and disarm the door but nah.



When you start getting aggressive for not getting anymore booze, we know it’s the right call. It is neither fun for us or the people sitting in you vicinity.

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Roll-aboards…that are too heavy to lift into the overhead bin. Seriously people…you packed it, you gotta lift it and not expect some FA to wreck their body hefting it for ya.



Poking or grabbing at me to get my attention!! And it’s usually on my ass as it’s eye level with most people haha. But for real DON’T poke people!

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leaving a ridiculous amount of garbage behind. Last week I had a grown ass couple spit huge globs of gum onto the floor and then step on it to try to rub it in. Like seriously? Why?



As a flight attendant, it’s expecting leeway. We aren’t given leeway by our bosses and the FAA about enforcing rules so if you want to do something against the FAA federal regulations or company procedures, we can’t give leeway either.

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Asking me where a gate/restaurant/etc. is located in the terminal. Most airports have signs overhead that are more than adequate. And unless it’s my home base, I’m probably not as familiar with the airport as you think.



As a former FA- Don’t try to join the mile high club. Just, stop. Don’t have sex in the bathrooms y’all. No, you aren’t being very quiet and yes we will know and depending on the airline policy we’ll also have to politely ask you to knock it off and keep it in your pants.

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We (flight attendant) don’t get annoyed at you for going to the bathroom during descent because you are breaking the rules. We get annoyed because we know how dangerous it is and risky and don’t want to do additional paperwork when you get injured.



Military pilot here. It grinds my gears when higher ranking passengers don’t listen to the flight crew and think they can do whatever they want on our plane. Also people who don’t pick up their trash can go to hell.

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If you are booking a connecting flight and the connection times are 30min or 2 hours. Pick the 2 hour connection. I can’t stand passengers who get all upset when they miss their connecting flight because they booked themselves a 30min connection.



As a passenger don’t say “thanks for finally showing up”. One it’s incredibly rude, two you may only have one flight that day but I probably had four. Chances are I was delayed because of a another flight or maintenance on some other plane.

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My mother is a flight attendant and one thing I always hear her complain about is how people try to stack all the little plastic cups and bowls that come with the meal. Those trays go into the cart as they came out, meaning nothing is stacked, and there is no overhead for it to enter unless she unstacks it, which as you can imagine is not fun. Yes, the intention is nice, but still…



The single most baffling thing about passengers is how many people can’t wrap their brains around packing their shit into the overhead bins. Why is it so hard? If your jacket or hand bag can’t fit…put it under your seat. Why are you standing there like a complete fucking waste of space trying to shove your shitty item into an already crammed bin. You’re a moron. Stop flying.

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After a flight I usually stand by the flight deck and say good bye to the passengers as they exit. I get a lot of people that ask how old I am. That doesn’t really bother me (I’ll probably be sad when it stops), but please don’t touch me as you are saying it. Seriously, strangers trying to pinch cheeks and pat my head. Lady, I’m not your grandchild, I’m your captain.