The Most Annoying Thing You Can Do on a Plane, According to Anthony Bourdain

Updated 09/21/17
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Chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain is not one to mince words when it comes to sharing his opinion, and his thoughts on air travel are no exception. The well-traveled personality recently spoke with Travel+Leisure about the new season of Parts Unknown, which premieres on CNN on October 1, and the conversation inevitably turned to his travel pet peeves, of which Bourdain has many. Topping his list?

"People who are not ready for the x-ray machine," he deadpanned. "They said no liquids and gels, motherf—ker. You know? Come on!" He also complained about those who "have bangles and jewelry and have dressed up even though they're going to have to go through a metal detector."

Once he's boarded the plane, Bourdain is also irritated by "people who insist on bringing maximum stuff onto the plane and jamming it into the overhead, which takes 10 minutes."

While he was more than happy to express his dissatisfaction with the travel magazine, he does admit that he's not one to actually confront this behavior in real life.

"I'm pretty good at just pulling the plug at this point, like a recidivist criminal,” Bourdain said. "They say that when people who have served a lot of jail time are arrested, they generally don't resist. They go limp. I'm like that, too. I don't get angry, I don't tap my feet, I don't huff and puff or glare at people."

Head over to Travel+Leisure for Bourdain's full interview, and read up on the new hidden airport fee that's catching travelers by surprise.

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