There’s no question about it: airlines want you to suffer. From waiting in long security lines that move at a snail’s pace to the struggle to find a cab at your destination, every moment of air travel is an exercise in hellish inefficiency. That’s not to mention all the terrible people on planes. Flying really is a nightmare.
They’re Literally Trying To Make Air Travel Worse
This cruel model makes money for airlines, so there’s no incentive for them to stop.
They Intentionally Overbook Flights
Unfortunately, there’s no federal law dictating why airlines boot passengers, meaning the selection process can be all up to the crew of that particular aircraft.
They Shrink Seats To Force More Passengers Onto Planes
Smaller seats and narrower rows mean more paying customers can be squeezed onto each flight.
They Don’t Clean Their Water
Failure happens shockingly often; one in every eight planes fall short of the EPA’s standards on a regular basis. And, the longer your flight is, the dirtier the water.
They Don’t Wash The Blankets Or Pillows
First-class usually gets fresh blankets and pillows by all accounts.
They Charge Huge Fees For Rescheduling A Flight
There are some steps you can take to avoid these fees. The US Department Of Transportation allows you to change or cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking it without legally facing any fees. You can book two one-way tickets instead of a round-trip ticket so that your flight times can be flexible. Or, you could just not show at all; fines for missing a flight can be cheaper than a rescheduling fee.
They Manhandle Your Fragile Luggage
“Don’t expect handlers to handle your baggage with great care. Most employees don’t throw with it. But when in a belly of an airplane where you can’t work with a straight back and try to fit 200 pieces in a compartment. Think what you will do with the last 50 pieces of baggage… So don’t put stuff in like bottles of wine / laptops etc. ‘Cause the handlers don’t know what’s in it and they only act on how heavy a piece of luggage is.”
As one airport employee put it, “Your bags will not be treated with care, if you don’t want something to break then wrap it up really well.”
They Delay Food Service Until More People Fall Asleep
They Slow Down The Boarding Process So You Pay More
They Don’t Update Their Terrible WiFi
The second generation of “air-to-ground” Internet technology is still being rolled out, but not all airlines are opting in immediately. Upgrading the Internet airline-wide costs a lot of money, and airlines aren’t exactly swimming in cash. Grounding a plane to install new tech for half a week would cost the airlines tens of thousands of dollars per plane. If customers are willing to pay ridiculous sums of money for spotty in-flight WiFi, why would airlines waste money trying to improve the system?
They Lie About When You Can Use Your Phone
“As for cell phone use on aircraft, the technology exists, but the hesitance is, again, public demand. More passengers view this as an annoyance rather than a benefit of travel. It is bad enough being a passenger close to people who talk loudly to their neighboring passengers; add cell phone use and the result may be worse than the few seat reclining events of late.”