The 10 Worst Types of Passenger Seatmates

by Adam

Depressed about the no notification American AAdvantage devaluation? While we ridiculously continue to wait for details on which partners are impacted by the newly imposed international fuel surcharges, here’s another Wednesday countdown. Today’s countdown comes from the Courier Mail and lists the 10 Worst Types of Passengers:

  • People with uncontrollable kids (Parentus Slapdashii)
  • Seat recliners (Reclinus Maximus)
  • Smelly people (Smellus Incredibilus)
  • Arm rest hogs (Armrest Grabbis)
  • Chatty passengers (Chatticus Majorus)
  • People who always need the bathroom (Bladder Incredibilus)
  • People with too much carry-on luggage (Carry-on Greedicus)
  • Reading-light enthusiasts (High-and-Mighticus)
  • People who pace the cabin or stretch too often (DVT-Avoidus)
  • Window seat hogs who close the window shade before take off (Window Hoggus)

Smelly Seatmate Survival Tips
Proper Etiquette for Middle Seat Armrests…and other economy survival tips
Unruly Passenger on KEF-JFK Flight Restrained & Gagged with Duct Tape…picture and all
…and I thought some of my seatmates were gross

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bubba August 28, 2013 - 9:48 am

seat recliners? is it a faux pas to recline your seat? I never knew that.

Angelina August 28, 2013 - 9:55 am

I guess everyone hates me then – I pee, recline, and sometimes do yoga in the back on long flights 😛 Don’t worry, I definitely don’t smell 🙂

Miami Flyer August 28, 2013 - 10:03 am


People who read instead of staring at ancient sitcoms?
People who stand up instead of snacking?
People who recline instead of suffering?

I’ve got a new category:

Passengers who are better than everyone else. (Grandiloquent Bitcherus)

Shannon August 28, 2013 - 10:34 am

(Raises hand) Window hoggus here … I kind of wish there weren’t windows on airplanes at all.

I’d like to add Germy Yukus to the list. I go straight to the drug store after flights on which I sat next to someone sneezing and coughing the whole time. Thanks for sharing the love sickies.

Kyle August 28, 2013 - 10:37 am

Seriously? I recline my seat every time. Is that bad? I assumed everyone did this?

ala August 28, 2013 - 11:05 am

sigh. On my last flight to chicago (45 minute flight), there was just one person on the plane that reclined, a guy across the aisle, one row up.
I did get a chuckle though when we were deboarding. The guy seated behind him caught up to him in the skybirdge. He accidentally kind of bumped into him and apologized, then went scurrying ahead. Then I saw the large black mark on the recliner guys back. Ahhh. Sure. He was entitled to recline; And I guess the other guy was entitled to hold his pen out a bit too far. Karma. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Bob August 28, 2013 - 12:35 pm

American said the charge happened erroneously last night and any surcharges for awards on partner airlines, excluding BA and IB (which have been charging), will be refunded.

mikey August 28, 2013 - 1:47 pm

add seat grabbers to the list, the ones that need to hoist themselves out of their seat by grabbing the seat in front of them
( and not just a few times)

Reese August 28, 2013 - 3:51 pm

I had to sit next to 400 greasy, sweaty pounds of smelly, hairy passenger on a flight from Miami to Atlanta recently. I had just come off of a flight from London and was very tired. Mr. Greasy/Sweaty/Smelly/Huge talked the entire flight and did lots of moving around in his seat so he crashed into me countless times. Annoying, but nothing compared with a very loud whistler/noisy video game player who also crashed into me countless times on a 22 hour flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta. Both flights were in coach, so there was little room to escape them.

Elliot August 28, 2013 - 7:13 pm

i’m 8 of 10 you dont like stay out coach, switch your seat or shut the f*ck up! If seats werent meant to recline then people wouldnt, they are meant to recline so i do. I also bring the smelliest food i can find to eat and pass as much gas as i can to push people out and get the all 3 seats to myself. There is is always alterntive travel means i choose flight.

Just one person opinion…………….. Hope to be your seatmate someday!!

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