Flight attendants see just about every type of rude passenger behavior, but a few things really drive them nuts. Here are their pet peeves, courtesy of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel: 

  • The first flight attendant annoyance: Passengers who take their pet out of the pet carrier. No matter how well-behaved they are, pets aren’t allowed on your lap, loose in the aisle, or tucked in a seatback pocket. FAA regulations require that a pet stay in its carrier on the plane – even if you paid a “pet-in-cabin” fee.  
  • Next irritation: Shoving your carry-on into the first overhead bin you see, and walking to your seat at the back of the plane. It may be easier to grab your bag as you exit – but you’re taking space from someone who’s actually sitting at the front of the plane. When the bins up front get full, flight attendants often ask passengers to identify their bags. If you’re not there to speak up, your bag may end up in the cargo hold.  
  • What else annoys flight attendants? Parents who travel unprepared. In other words, don’t expect flight attendants to have spare diapers, formula, toys, medicine, playing cards, or batteries for DVD players. Take your kid to the restroom before you board. When the fasten seatbelt sign is on, nobody’s allowed to get up.
  • Pet peeve #4: Passengers who pack carry-ons that are too heavy for them to lift. Don’t expect flight attendants or fellow passengers to risk injury by lifting your bag. Instead, before you leave home, see if you can put your packed bag on top of your refrigerator. If you can’t, pack lighter – or check your bag through.
  • One final flight attendant annoyance: Pretending you don’t understand what “under the seat in front of you” means. Frommer says that doesn’t mean in your lap, behind your calves, or under your feet like a footstool. Anything not properly stowed can come loose during takeoff, or trip somebody. Never wrap your purse or umbrella strap around your ankle so you won’t forget it. If there’s an emergency where every second counts, you don’t want to be tethered to your bag while everyone’s trying to evacuate the plane.