Flying brings out the worst in people. But if you’ve ever stopped to think about the most awkward things you could do on a flight, you probably haven’t even considered the worst of it. Frequent travelers and flight attendants alike have seen it all. And as they could tell you, passengers can get themselves into some pretty awkward situations as they fly to their vacation destinations or make their way home from a business trip.
Read on to check out some of the most embarrassing faux pas that you could make (or witness) mid-flight. Just don’t blame us if you can’t stop yourself from cringing!
1. Dropping your luggage onto a seated passenger
In a study provided to The Cheat Sheet, flight comparison site Jetcost surveyed 4,693 Americans about the embarrassing situations they’d experienced or witnessed when flying. A full 53% had witnessed somebody dropping their overhead luggage onto a seated passenger below. (Or they admitted to being guilty of dropping that luggage themselves!) Airline fees make checking a bag an increasingly expensive option. But we’re willing to bet that at least some of those embarrassed travelers vowed to never use the overhead bin again!