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If Murphy had written 5 Laws of Plane Travel…


I’m sure these would be them !

1. The trip to the train station always takes a shorter time than usual.
As an unorganised person who often always runs late , when traveling to the airport I make sure I’m on time. This means carefully planning of road travel times, and train timetables. Invariably I overcompensate and end up on the earlier train than I expected to. The train I expected to catch is always the one before I need to be on ‘just in case’. Consequently I spend a lot of extra time in the airport. This time I excelled even my better best, we arrived half an hour before the 2 hour check in time ( which in domestic travel is a very long time ).


2. The plane is always held up by those who don’t understand the concept that carry on luggage is ‘carry on’ not ‘need a forklift’.
I’ve luckily had a good track record for flights departing on time despite the efforts of these people. A rarely enforced rule always takes these people by surprise. One today had a knapsack, large Christmas style gift bag, and a guitar! I’m guessing they thought they might be doing a Flying High type sing song , or a plane choir rendition of Kumbaya ๐Ÿ™‚ And, so the motionless boarding line begins as these passengers attempt to squeeze all this into the little unforgiving metal guide . My suggestion is carry on luggage should be in regulated disposable carry on bags provided at check in by the airline. Besides you can always get creative by wearing the extra bits as accessories an extra coat or two. Ok, I’ve not yet got my creative brain working out the guitar smuggle but maybe a reader has an idea on that for me.


3. The one seat kicker child will be behind you and the one that needs to recline their chair on the 2 hr 30 min flight will be in front of you.
The recline usually happens just as you put your tray down and place the water cup on the tray. The kicking starts from the boarding moment . Some would add the screaming child to this list but let’s face it, kids scream cause they don’t understand and can’t express themselves. I’m a parent , I get that it’s not always easy to stop that but if a child is old enough to have feet that reach the next chair they are old enough to be taught the rules of sociable plane travel.


4. If you get a window seat you invariable need to go to the bathroom and if you are on the aisle seat you don’t but the window seated one definitely will.
As a window sitter I got a great chance to use my well known phrase ” Sorty, excuse me” . Oh and this leads do to law number 5.



5. When you get up from your seat and settle back into the middle seat after having told your spouse to take the window seat, the number 3 law people also change to the middle seat.

Karma for me interrupting the aisle sitter perhaps ?? Ha Ha

I’m sure you all have some other laws I have overlooked, to add to my list…or a creative way to get that guitar on as carry on luggage with an extra 2 bags. Leave me some of your best here ๐Ÿ™‚


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

15 thoughts on “If Murphy had written 5 Laws of Plane Travel…

  1. I love the idea of disposable bags for carry on luggage, and for the kicker behind…aaaarrrrgggggg…..a word to the parent I suspect:)
    If the seat recliner is reclining when food comes around I ask the host/hostess to request them to out their seat up….usually works!

    • Spoke nicely to the parents with the kicker, they weren’t too impressed. I like the idea of asking the hostess at meal times ๐Ÿ™‚ you would have a lot of experience with your travels. ๐Ÿ™‚ happy 2014

  2. Number 6 The last person on the plane will be sitting next to you when you have an aisle seat and you have your seatbelt on and the staff have closed all overhead lockers. And quite possibly they are either 6 foot tall and or are older than you are and suggest you “move over”.

  3. Tell the person with the guitar to bend over….
    Did I just say that???? ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. I love the window seat, luckily when I fly its usually with the kids so I only have to share with them. I am always late too, I work on being organised but more often than not it just doesn’t come together!
    Thanks for joining #BOTW ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This was very funny. I don’t get why parents let their kids kick the seats in front – I’m always so conscious of my kids upsetting other passengers, I virtually velcro them to their seats! BTW, I found your blog via RedDolls #BOTW which, being a stupid fashion blogger, I though stood for “Buy of the Week” – haha, I’m so shallow…..off to do some shopping.x

    • Love the “buy of the week’ btw :). I’m with you when travelling with on my kids when on public transport – glued to the seat …it’s not so popular with them now they are adults tho I must add lol

  6. The moment your water/coffee/soft drink/wine hits the table, the plane will have unexpected turbulence.

  7. Oh you’ve got some guts to catch a train to the airport. I have never caught the train to the airport because our railway system is not reliable and I have a fear that I just wouldn’t make it. Luckily we’ve found a great and very reasonable car parking place that will shuttle us to the airport, makes me feel better if I’m driving. Oh, and I always seem to get the person who reclines in front of me too. Annoying.

    • We live an hour and a half away from the airport by road. The train is easier as there is another Murphy law that says the freeway will always have a breakdown or accident causing long delays or closures on important trip days lol.Actually though the train to the city then airport (usually) runs smoothly Thanks for dropping by to visit my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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