Hogs on ships, planes and coaches

If you have been on a cruise before you will have come across this situation.  Walking around and around the deck looking for a lounger.  They all seem to be occupied – not by people but by books, towels, magazines – whatever.  Carnival Cruise Lines is out to stop this chair hogging by having attendants placing stickers on empty chairs so they can monitor how long the chair has been vacated.  This has freed up a huge number of chairs for serious deck lovers – but seriously – doesn’t this make you think twice about human behaviour.  We have to be monitored because we are all basically selfish and out for ourselves.

Other areas of hoggy behaviour…. best seats on the coach.  Big tour companies like Trafalgar and Insight have had to resort to rotation of seats on the bus to deal with those who bag the best seats day after day.  Once you do get off the coach there is always going to be some know-it-all who wants to hog the tour guide.  We have all seen them.  They hang out with the tour guide like he’s their new BFF and pepper them with questions totally irrelevant to the tour in question.  They will regale all and sundry with their extensive travel experience and totally monopolise the tour.

Let’s not forget about flights.  Hoggy behaviour here will include reclining seats right after take-off even during meal service and doing a full clothing change, make up and hairdo in the bathroom while a long line-up gathers in the aisle.  Other mortal sins include inappropriate attire.

All in our Sunday best

A flight attendant friend had to deal with a “lady” flying back from the Caribbean to Calgary who thought it was quite in order for her to fly in her bikini with just a t-shirt.  She obviously had no regard for the person in the seat next her who would be subjected to her sweaty thighs all the way home.  And let’s not even talk about the arm rests.  If I start I won’t be able to stop.



By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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