Do these bad passenger behaviors on Hawaii flights bother you?


We’ve flown a lot to and from Hawaii recently, and there will be more soon. Stay tuned for more eye-opening Hawaii flight reviews. One thing we noticed on our recent flights that we reviewed on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines was that flight attendants were busy either on the intercom or in the aisle trying to correct errant passenger behavior.

What can you expect when you’re stuck for long hours in tiny spaces with barely enough room to move? The days of glamorous trips to Hawaii aren’t completely over, but they’re certainly harder to find and come at high prices.

1. Bad cell phone behavior.

Who hasn’t complained about inappropriate use of phones on flights to Hawaii? This was a problem on both Jeff’s flight from Alaska to the mainland and his flight from the southwest to Hawaii. The way the airlines handled the situation was somewhat different, but it was a real problem.

The guy next to Jeff was blasting all the entertainment he was listening to. It was frankly deafening. The stewardess came more than once to ask politely, then more directly, that the passenger plug in a headset or turn it off. The passenger initially said he didn’t even know he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Oh good? Part of the problem may have been the number of alcoholic drinks he consumed.

On Southwest, it was handled differently. In several intercom announcements, flight attendants asked passengers to use headsets if they wanted to listen to entertainment.

2. Exit the seatback entertainment; step into loud mobile phone entertainment.

Hawaiian airlines

Airlines had a part to play in all of this, as did advances in mobile technology and even, for example, the lack of headphone jacks currently on most new devices.

While it’s still relatively difficult to talk on the phone en route to Hawaii (luckily or not), using cell phones for entertainment is now the norm. Especially now that airlines are moving away from providing in-seat entertainment (think Hawaiian Airlines (narrowbody shown), Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines).

One big distinction is this: while your phone can blast sound through its tiny speaker, the airplane seat entertainment system can’t.

An AT&T study said we’re not the only ones frustrated with phones on airplanes, and the headphone issue in particular.

  • 83% were irritated when others played movies, music or games without helmet. Many airlines gave out headphones that fit your phone for free. Now, however, they just complain about using headphones to turn it off.
  • 64% found it disconcerting to use a bright mobile phone screen in a dark cubicle. Remember to lower your brightness as a courtesy.
  • 63% were annoyed by others talking on the phone while they were still on the ground. I don’t know what to do with this problem. It’s something we did ourselves.

When asked what to do about these issues, 30% said the devices should be confiscated, while some suggested a fine or removal from theft. Most, however, did not suggest any consequences for these inconveniences. We’re not sure what to make of the consequences here. Thoughts?

“One minute you’re enjoying your flight, the next you’re daydreaming about throwing the guy next to you out the window (over the Pacific). And you wouldn’t feel so bad either.

2. Blocking the front of the boarding area, blocking other passengers.

Who doesn’t want to get in first, be able to stow their carry-on bags, and get into position before the onslaught of humanity strikes?

This was noticeable on our recent flights to Alaska and Hawaii. This was not the case with the unique boarding system used by Southwest.

3. Getting hit by the carry-on baggage of passengers on board.

It’s Jeff’s pet peeve. You are sitting in the aisle, and the passing person has too many things, and they turn around for such and such a reason with their bulky and heavy hand luggage thrashing around in the cabin and hitting the passengers sitting in the aisle . Totally rude.

4. Your stuff in my space problem.

What more can be said? It just doesn’t work. We’re still trying to think more of the poor sap from the middle seat and give them the armrest as a war payday.

5. Feet and shoes.

We’ve seen passengers on our recent flights put it everywhere, including the armrest of the person in front of them and the bulkhead. Not only that, but feet without shoes on an airplane is for the most part considered simply bad behavior. Others can and have disagreed.

6. Dirty toilets.

As mentioned in our review, the south west toilets suffered from litter making its way to the floor. Who doesn’t want to step into a nice, clean sink on an airplane? Isn’t it all of our duty to make sure for the next person? Apparently not.

7. Reclining seats.

Luckily, we haven’t noticed it much lately. That can be a problem, and if we’re not feeling claustrophobic enough already, it’ll put some of us over the top. For some reason, we noticed fewer people bowing as much as possible, regardless of the impact on those behind them.

8. Keiki (kids) running on the plane.

This comes from our review of the southwest. Someone behind Jeff decided it was okay to let his child run free on the plane. That was until the stewardess honked her horn to say, please don’t allow this. But seriously, who would have thought it was good in the first place?

Which of these offenses do you hate the most?

How do you handle your cell phone in terms of theft behavior in Hawaii?

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