{Travel Tuesday} How to deal with an obnoxious passenger

{Travel Tuesday} How to deal with an obnoxious passenger  

We’ve all set next to an obnoxious passenger and to this day, have not forgotten them. It’s the chatty traveler, the screaming baby or the creepy guy. But the ratio of obnoxious passengers is on the raise.

Air travel these days is not what it use to be. The social norms and common etiquette  is not what it use to be. People, especially tweens and teenagers have a lack of concept for personal space and common courtesy.

On my flight Southwest flight from Salt Lake to LA I sat next to a girl about 10. There were plenty of open sets, but to my joy she choose to sit next to me.

Her list of offenses:

She was loud


Sang to her self

Ate twizzlers with her mouth open

Loudly flipped through her magazine

Took her shoes off and then proceeded to fold her legs up criss-cross apple sauce style under her

Read my  leptop screen (not just a glance but an open mouthed gawk)

Hacking raspy cough (never actually into her elbow where she was aiming, but rather on my face)

Not only was she utterly clueless, but I found  her guardian, a hip short-haird grandmother, feeding her obnoxiousness. Gah!

What would you do in this situation?

By nature, I don’t like to make a big deal about things, and figured I’d just endure the flight.

But after an hour of this, I moved seats. Luckily there was an open seat. If you don’t see a free seat, contact your flight attendant.


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Kathy Dalton

Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.

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