On an average day I would say I love everything about traveling, even the to and from. But after a 30 hour stint in far to many major airports, I have a little venting to do.
Here is a list of some of the things us fellow travellers can unite in complaining about;
1. The window seat: a blessing and a curse
The view, the wall to lean on, control of the window shade....sure the window seat is the most appealing. Until you have to pee and your neighbour is in a deep slumber. - Then it's a prison sentence.
2. The mad rush to line up for boarding despite assigned seating.
I get that it sucks when you end up with boarding zone 9 but lining up 40 minutes prior to boarding and creating chaotic congestion in the airport won't change that. Don't worry, your seat's not going anywhere.
3. Lack of electrical outlets
As evident from the long wait as people unpack their electronics at security- we have serious recharging needs. It's 2014. The least we can ask for is one plug each. It still baffles me how some of the busiest airports in the world have so few outlets (which are almost always in hidden places like back hallway past the pay phones and storage closets).
4. Having to carry weird currency for airport layovers
.... Honestly there needs to be a international airport currency. That's all I ask.
5. No matter where you sit on the plane something is always not working
TV won't play anything with sound. Your tray won't come down. Your chair won't recline. Something from the overhead compartment is dripping onto you during take off and the flight attendant is yelling at you to keep your seatbelt on (idk if this has ever happened to anyone else but it just happened to me and I promise if you ever do experience that you would be adding it to the list as well).
6. The agonizingly long taxing to the gate
Are we there YET?
7. Friendly reminders to not "leave your baggage unattended"
Anyone who's spent a considerable amount of time in airports has that announcement memorized verbatim, and wants to forget it.
The plus side to all this negativity is the moment when you get to see a city from above. It's one thing to walk an iconic city, but to look down at a city and see it for all of its landmarks all at once filling the landscape below you, let me say, is bone chilling.