After many a flight delay I’ve had a lot of time to people watch. Airports are the best for that. So here is another Top12! In no particular order, a list of some of the people you’ll find at the airport.
1) Amateurs of the security line: These people are the epitome of the absolute WORST. Exaggeration? I think not. We all wait in line at security. WHY ARE YOU NOT READY WHEN YOU GET UP THERE? I cannot tell you how infuriating it is to stand behind people who take off their belts and shoes and take out their laptops and anything else they have to do right before they have to put everything on the conveyor belt. You’ve had all this time to prepare- GET WITH IT. These are the same people who then put their bins facing the wrong direction. Not only are there signs telling you how to do it correctly- but logic should kick in and you should think- hey, I can save space (and therefore time) by putting these bad boys on horizontally instead of vertically. These are ALSO the same people who stand at the end of the x-ray (not the conveyor belt, the X-RAY) waiting for their things to come out and then put back EVERYTHING they took hours taking out/off whilst the rest of us wait until they’re done. Just take your stuff to a bench- or at least the end of the conveyor belt. This is an airport and people have places to be. GTFO.
2) Angry Chinese people: This isn’t really a thing. But when you’re scheduled to leave for Beijing and your flight gets delayed 19 hours, there are a lot of angry Chinese people around you. Sometimes they rant to you in Mandarin. Except you still don’t speak mandarin.
3) Families with small children: Bless your heart for travelling with small children. I’m compulsive about keeping track of my passport- but my passport doesn’t have legs or a brain like small children do. They also come with accessories and emotions. Tears fall when they’re tired, hungry, bored, or- really anything. I saw a little guy from my flight the other night crying because all he wanted was to go on vacation and they wouldn’t let us leave. I’m with ya little man.
4) Flight attendants and pilots: Badass. Also I enjoy eavesdropping on them talking shit about passengers from previous flights.
5) Women who wear heels while traveling: What are you doing…? Unless you’re on a hot date or a business meeting DURING your flight (which you’re not), just stop it.
6) Friendly strangers who aren’t overly chatty: I like you. Neither of us want to become lifelong friends, but sometimes it’s nice to have a quick chat about something you’re both going through at the moment. When the moment passes you wish each other safe passage and you carry on. A little human interaction is good for everyone.
7) People who are rude to the lovely people working to make our traveling experience as flawless as possible: We get it. You’re tired and frustrated and you’ve had a long day. But these people are doing their best. Do you think they WANTED the flight to be delayed or to find something sketchy in your bag and make you wait? Why would they choose to put themselves in a situation where they’re probably going to get yelled at? They’re making it safe for everyone else and they’re doing their job. So be nice and let them!
8) People who hum: This probably means you’re in a good mood and I’m happy for you. But do you realize people can HEAR you…?
9) Attractive people: Thanks for being you. You make people watching easy. This is especially true for traveling sports teams.
10) Airport Employees: Where do you come from? How long is your commute? Does working at an airport make you want to travel more? Or less? Would you get to go through security before anyone else? Where do you park? What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen happen while on the job? Sometimes I just wonder.
11) Fighting families or couples: People watching gold.
12) Travelers: Besides the employees, everyone on the other side of security is a traveler! I love airports because despite the frustrations of traveling, it’s exciting! There are so many people ready and excited to go on vacation or so many people who can’t wait to get home to loved ones. There are business meetings and sad reasons for travel, but everyone is going somewhere. Somewhere different. Somewhere new or somewhere familiar. You will see every range of emotion for every reason in the book and more; and you realize everyone has a story.