10 Indisputable Fails That Make Flying the Worst

Let's just take a train instead.

We all know flying is awful. That's not news. But there are certain things about trying to catch a flight that can make it, well, drastically worse than normal. Below are 10 of the biggest fails that can happen when you're simply trying to get from point A to point B. 

1. Taking someone else's luggage

Is your bag the black one? Yea, that goes for every other person who has ever flown on a plane, too. It's not until you get home and find pants that would never plausibly fit you, that you realize Samsonite must have sold more than one black suitcase over the years. You should have put more stickers on your bag. 


2. Not realizing your gate changes and missing your flight

You hail a cab, fight traffic, check your bags, undergo an overly-thorough screening in an underly-private setting and finally make it to your gate with twelve minutes to just sit and catch your breath before realizing your flight is no longer at gate A2, because it's jumped over to D26. You are never making it to your beach vacay and life is stupid. 


3. Forgetting snacks – limiting you to the awfulness that is the airplane menu

You should have grabbed those granola bars. Now you're looking at your airplane menu and trying to decide if you're honestly ready to fork over $11 for a miniature box of Wheat Thins and some suspect-looking cheese cubes. You don't even like Wheat Thins. But you need something to go with your soda!


4. Wearing high-laced boots at the security check point

This is all Mother Nature's fault.  Yet another snow storm has forced you to wear your only pair of snow boots--which was fine, until you get to security and remember you have to take those suckers off. As you bounce along behind your fellow travelers undoing a double knot, while balancing your wallet and ID in one hand and boarding pass in your mouth, it may be time to stop and ask if this trip is even worth it.


5. Buying water pre-security

Rookie mistake. If you don't know by now that all your liquids are getting dumped, we don't pity you for wasting $4 on a bottle of water pre-security. You could try and recoup your loss by chugging it while you stand in line, but that's going to mean one too many trips to the airplane bathroom. (Which would be the real travel fail here.)


6. Bringing liquid .1 oz over the limit

Is that expensive perfume that you JUST splurged on .1 oz over the TSA limit? Sayonara, Tom Ford Black Orchid. But it brings some solace that the TSA agent will likely pocket it once your out of sight, right? Nope, we didn't think so.


7. Seatmates from hell

The likelihood of sitting next to a normal person who plans to sleep the entire flight usually hovers around 0%. It's much more plausible that you end up with Chatty Cathy (or worse, Smelly Steve). Double points if they treat the entire airplane to Panda Express takeout. Enjoy breathing the recycled air fumes of that lo mein for the next three hours!


8. Forgetting to bring headphones

This is particularly a problem after finding yourself seated next to the aforementioned Chatty Cathy. 


9. Luggage not fitting in the overhead bins

The guy in D4 obviously has no idea what "travel size" looks like and has stowed his giant guitar case and heavy down jacket in the overhead. You don't mind checking your bag instead, do you? Cue: "Sir? Sir! That is not going fit."


10. Having an electric toothbrush or razor that goes off inside your luggage

Aaaand, we've got the world's most awkward security exchange of all time. Yikes. Let's never fly again.

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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