As much as I love travelling – and I love travelling very much - I hate flying. Well actually not flying, but flying as it’s done in modern passenger airplanes nowadays. From annoying security procedures that take an eternity to complete to plane sickness and ear popping, air travel can seem more daunting than spending time in a maximum security prison. Here’s a list of a few things that make our flights horrible.
1. Lengthy security procedures: This is the most annoying part of the whole trip. You have to take off your shoes, your jacket (and maybe more), wait in a queue for hours on end, and if the security guys have a doubt, then literally unpack your cabin luggage that you so carefully organized for your trip, only to repack it in public.
2. Plane Sickness: Although this is not a problem that everyone faces, it’s terrible for those who do. And no matter what you do to alleviate the nausea – swallowing something during takeoff and landing, avoiding reading, acupressure, homoeopathy et al – it’s always there for the entire duration you’re on the plane. And there’s very little you can do about it.
3. Ear popping: This is a problem that everyone faces. It’s painful, weird, and not something that makes your flight very pleasant.
4. Bad food that you have to pay for: Nowadays, as airlines are trying to cut their costs, we have to deal with this new headache – the headache of paying for in-flight meals. And unless you’re a business class traveller (or even if you are a business class traveller) you’re going to have to pay for really bad food, which you will have to eat anyway because there isn’t any other thing to be had since it’s not allowed.
5. Reclining seats: Behind all that “Have a pleasant flight sir/ma’am” hypocrisy are cramped seats and tiny leg-rooms. And if your misfortune happens to put you behind a seat of a passenger as inconsiderate as the airline staff, you’re doomed for the next few hours you’ll spend in that airplane. If the passenger in front reclines his seat all the way to the back and into your face, then the only option left for you is to take your cue from him and pass the misery to the person behind you.
6. Poor entertainment: From paying for crummy earphones that don’t work after a day’s use to boring magazines and movies that nobody’s heard of, in-flight entertainment is worse than the food.