What Does Your Flying Personality Say About You?

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They say the best way to get to know somebody is to travel with them, and nowhere is this more obvious than when confined with someone thousands of feet above ground. What does your flying personality say about you? Read on to find out.

Pilot’s Pet
You’re a nervous flyer. You’re afraid of something going wrong and in light of that you follow every instruction provided by the cabin crew. In fact, you actually listen when they give the safety demonstrations, and when that fasten seatbelt goes on, you are in your seat, and throwing anxious and disapproving glares at all those passengers who flagrantly disobey the pilot’s warnings and continue to move about the cabin or–worse–open up the overhead cabin during turbulence. Don’t they know it’s dangerous? Geez. Personality-wise, it’s likely that you have a hard time letting go. You like to micromanage and letting go of the controls makes you just a tad nervous.

Man, you don’t even remember flying. You got yourself onto the plane, collapsed into a seat, took a few sleeping pills, and the next thing you know you’re wiping drool off your face in preparation for a landing in Sydney. You don’t enjoy flying and you’d rather knock yourself out instead of face your fears. That’s cool. Just try not to encroach on anyone else’s seat space in your drugged stupor.

Cool Cucumber
You? Nervous? Never. The plane could be doing loops through the sky and you’d still be diligently reading your newspaper. You’re a good travel partner for the pilot’s pet as your calm demeanor reassures them it’s all going to be okay. You are the model of self-control and even if you were afraid, you’d never show it. It’s possible you’re British.

High Maintenance
You want just a smidge of ice in your half cranberry/half orange juice concoction and would it be possible to get two packages of peanuts and also maybe an extra blanket? You enjoy having the cabin crew running up and down the aisle as they wait on you hand and foot. You’re actually kind of obnoxious. Maybe tone it down a bit. You may be the sweetest person on the planet, but your attention-seeking habits are a little overbearing. Try to find the fine line between asking for what you want and being considerate of others.

Carry-On Luggage Hog
While the rest of us tuck our carry-on ready Ultimatesafe 32L‘s or anti theft shoulder bags neatly under the seat in front of us, you’re persistently trying to cram a bag that clearly won’t fit into the overhead compartment. Your desire to be prepared for anything life may throw your way isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it results in having to schlep a lot of unnecessary stuff along the way. Let go a little and trust that you’re resourceful enough to figure things out as they come up with whatever you have at hand.

Ever Irritable
First your bag won’t fit in the overhead bins, then your seat won’t go back, and now the inflight wifi isn’t working. Grumbling the whole flight, you’re liable to get lost in the details and forget that flying thousands of feet above the ground is actually a pretty incredible experience. Try to take a deep breath and lighten up a little. We know you’re a sensitive softie at heart and your irritableness likely stems from anxiety and disappointment, but smiling and shrugging it off won’t kill you. Go ahead, watch that romantic comedy and indulge in conversation with your fellow passengers.

The Lush
Bust out the tiny bottles of vodka because it’s time to paaaartyyyy! You’re not always a lush, but you view the experience of flying as the perfect opportunity to knock back a few Bloody Mary’s. Have at it, but try not to make a nuisance of yourself. Not everyone thinks drunk you is as hilarious as you do. And while you’re normally a pretty well-balanced person, when you let it hang out…you let it all hang out. Just remember that what’s supposed to stay in Vegas, doesn’t always.

By Nikki Hodgson