travel thoughts annoyances?

After returning home from my trip to Roma I was once again annoyed whilst at the airport. It happens every single time I am at any airport regardless of where I am in the world and it never fails to piss me off.

Why the hell do people have to crowd the baggage carousels? It is completely and totally unnecessary for entire families to stand right next to the carousel. Seriously. Grandma is not going to be able to pull off the 50lb suitcase without ripping her arm out of socket and the 2 year old is probably going to get the thing in his face if that happens and then the entire place will go into chaos and I will never get my bags.

Dear People,

When you go to the airport and you are picking up your bags, please do not take a cart and your kids and your cousins and stand in front of the carousel thereby blocking everyone else’s view and making it near impossible to get your bags without shoving your entire family to the side and tripping over your cart.

Stand back. Relax. Look for your bag coming down the line. When you see it, step forward and claim it. How hard is it?

Thank you,



OK, now onto other greener pastures.

I get confused everytime I go through customs as to which lane I am supposed to take.

Let me explain.

In Europe there are 3 lanes.

  • Arrivals from the European Union (blue sign)
  • Nothing to claim (green sign)
  • Stuff to claim (red sign)

    As I see it, I fall into 2 of these cateogories most times I travel. I am arriving from the EU and I don’t have anything to claim. So each time I get to the little gate, I get confused as to which is the correct choice. It simply does not make sense to me. Damn them and their bad usability.

    And now, my final complaint…

    At Heathrow they have introduced a really cool new iris scanning technology that allows you to be fast-tracked through immigration. In theory this sounds completely awesome to me. No more stupid landing cards, no more huge UK stamps filling up my passport, no queues. Great! So what’s the catch?

    I can never sign up for the stupid ass scheme because everytime I go to the airport the office is closed. That is correct. You can only sign up AFTER you go through customs and are in departures during a certain time period. If you take evening flights you are screwed. WTF? Why can’t I go to an office and sign up? I find this process extremely frustrating. I want to use the damned system!!!