300 Writing Prompts # 9: How Would You Improve Airplane Travel?

Oh I am SOOOO glad this question has come up, because I travel by air frequently and one of my biggest pet peeves in life takes place at airports, and it’s not the size of the pretzel/peanut bags they give us either. Let’s dive into this topic, shall we.

All people in the terminal will be strapped in to their seats once they arrive to their gate. When, and ONLY when their boarding group is called, will the seat belts be unlocked, and passengers will be allowed to stand in a single file line to have their ticket scanned to board the plane.


I don’t know if it’s the inability for 200 adults to follow simple directions or the traffic jam that is caused when everyone surrounds the boarding line like a football huddle, but I become filled with rage every time I fly. I mean, how hard is it? Look at your ticket, find your boarding group number, sit and relax and until the number on your ticket matches the number the gate agent has called out. They aren’t going to leave you behind if you’re at the right gate, and it’s not like your seat is going anywhere. (Double check first if you are flying United..) We all have tickets for the same flight and each of us has our own seat as well.

Also, I’m sure every major airline has conducted studies and focus groups on the best ways to load its passengers and have trained their flight crew to follow the best practice. Trust the process, they know what they are doing (most of the time).

Annoying traveler: “But Jennifer, I need to make sure I get on the plane before the overhead bin is full I only have carry-on luggage…”

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Well annoying air traveler, I understand your concern, and this is a risk we all take when not checking luggage. If this is a recurring issue for you, try investing in a suitcase that fits underneath the seat in front of you, they make them now for this specific purpose and they are great. Also, worst case scenario, if the bins are full they will courtesy check your bag and it will go to your final destination or will be waiting on you when you get off the plane.


There you have it folks, my suggestion to all the airlines. I think they would also agree how frustrating it is when people don’t listen to directions and crowd the boarding area. Someone just needs to take matters into their own hands and “tighten the buckle”

What is something you would change to improve air travel, let me know below!




Published by Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

8 thoughts on “300 Writing Prompts # 9: How Would You Improve Airplane Travel?

  1. Oh my gosh! Loves this!! So South Korea actually has a great solution for this! They call ALL numbers to line up at the same time. They have flight attendants with number cards and you stand in your line and they go and pre-check your ticket. If you’re not in the right line they move you! Haha!

  2. I would remove the overhead bins. I have seen people carry small circus trunks on as their carry on and act surprised when they strugggle to get it in that little bin. Why do you think they gave you measurements at check in?
    Remove the bins. Maybe put some overhead cots! Surely those would be more comfortable to sleep in than the upright chair that reclines 1.72 inches!

    “But Rob, are you saying no carry on?” Au contraire mon frere! If it doesn’t fit under the seat in front of you or under your feet then our eager flight attendants will remove it for you. They will throw it out the back foot of the plane onto the tarmac. You can look for the pieces in lost and found on your return trip! Check the sizes for carry ons!
    And thank you for flying Ranting Warrior Airlines!

  3. I concur. Also… Not really a pet peeve of air travel, but more of a curiosity… Why do people insist on standing up in the aisle when there’s still probably a good 10-15 minutes before they can actually deplane? Like, really? Where are you going?

    1. Yes!!!!! Maybe it’s like a yawn reflex…all it takes is one person to stand to stretch their legs and everyone else is “I need to stand too before I’m not able to stand at all..”

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