10 People You Will Meet At The Airport

10 People You Will Meet At The Airport

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On my first international flight, I was 4 hours early before the departure time.

As I was waiting for the golden gate to open, I tried my best to entertain myself. Trying to search free Wi-Fi connections, read a book, checked 50 times if I were at the right gate and non-stop looking at the board if everything was all right, I’m sorry but I can’t help myself to look around and observe people.

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And here’s my fabulous list of 10 different type of people you meet at the Philippine Airport:

It’s called the spotting game (well at least that’s what I called it), I thought I invented that game, but I found out I did not! It’s just spotting different people around you and guessing what kind of traveler they are. (Read this: Tips on how not get offloaded)

10 People You Will Meet At The Airport

1. The OFW Balikbayans

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How can you detect them: They are the chattiest and happiest (or crying) people you will meet. Wearing jeans and maong jackets. They have the unexpected heavy carry on cabin luggage, trying to sneak it in pretending it isn’t heavy and won’t dare to ask for a hand from a flight attendant.

Do you want to trace where they are going or from? Big boxes covered with packaging tape and huge letters of their name and address will be going to Middle East, while those who own large trolleys will be most probably head to Europe or the United States.

2. The Americanized

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I always wonder if they are born to be runners or they are just always running late, I let you decide.

How can you detect them: Remember those big sunglasses, jackets (despite from the fact that, Pinas will always be too hot). That girl who keep speaking English like they forgot Tagalog because they have been out of the country for three months. They also think that everything will be solved with high voices. The simple question of “Which way is the security line” sounds more like they are looking for some trouble with their “I-am-not-shouting” voice.

3. The Backpackers

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The people who decided to walk on the wild side of the road. Who will do everything to go everywhere, who will go out to their comfort zone and will take the unexpected path.

How can you detect them: With their over sized backpacks you won’t miss spotting them. Wearing very comfortable shorts and shirts, unshaven beards and undone hair and the business groups and fancy people won’t even dare to look at them, they’re like the “homeless” of the airport.

4. The First-timers

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Been there, done that!

How can you detect them: They are the ones who look nervous. I remember myself keeping all my documents ready in case of problems. I was so worried what I should do if I got offload.

The person who has all their liquids in their cabin luggage, and need to throw it because that stuff belongs to your check in baggage. They might be the reason of long ques at the security check, because they are wearing belts and have all kinds of things you can’t bring, or they simply don’t know the process.

5. The Business Executives

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The Mr-talking-so-loud-on-their-telephone are people who think they can also cut the line so they can get on the plane once the gate opens.

How can you detect them: They normally wear formal clothes, owns small black trolleys, sits with their laptops and won’t smile at you, period.

6. The Expert Travellers

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How can you detect them: Everything is easy and smooth in their travel. They know what to do at security ques, what not to put in your cabin luggage, never had the problem with excessive baggage weight and didn’t have a problem sleeping at 10 hours flight (I wish I can ask them the tricks).

7. The Babies/Children

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Sometimes I wonder how people can survive traveling with their kids. They are cute, I get it but they are also loooooud and uncontrollable.

How can you detect them: They shouldn’t be hard to notice, kids running while their mum will scream “Stop running Alex!” Or they can be the one sitting behind you and you can’t stop thinking why they can’t make that baby stop crying while you try to ignore them while they are kicking your seat from the back.

8. The Teenagers

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I must say they are the most excited. They will be away from home, they are flying without their parents who says NO to everything. They loved that!

How can you detect them: The ones who has a bag of Mcdonalds, earphones plugged in and won’t take off their eyes from their gadgets.  They always occupying the seat close to the power plugs. They can be also overdressed and are wearing loads of makeup.

9. The Oldies

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They can be another reason why the security ques are taking so long. They never stop whining why everything is so complicated and high-tech because they cannot figure it out.

How can you detect them: I’ll leave that to you because you know how to!

10. The Lovebirds

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The couples who are excited to do everything together! Their first flight, they are sitting together and if it’s possible they want to go through the security ques together!

How can you detect them: That’s easy, they can be wearing couple shirts or something that looks the same, unending taking of photos together, and they will not stop making out to the point that you just want to yell at them that “walang forever” because you are single and travelling alone.

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Comments 30

  1. Such a great and humorous post. I’ve seen them all and been but a few. The worst are the business execs in my opinion.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. Hahahah this was hilarious! I’ve thought about doing a post like this every single time I’m stuck at an airport and I’m watching the stereotypes around me!

  3. Cute post! I have spent many hours in the airports these past few weeks and you are spot on. You forgot the group that sees the babies and is thinking ” Oh Lord please make sure those babies sit far, far from me!” LOL That is my group!

  4. Homeless of the airport? How dare you! Haha! I prefer to think of it as the airport BEING our home! ;D And those business class travellers WISH they could be as comfortable as we are! Haha

    1. I get your point Michael 😉 I learned that term from a long term backpacker I met. And you’re right, class travelers are definitely missing something fun 😉

  5. Funny…I definitely met them all…
    I still remember one flight when I was surrounded by kids… it was awful .. at the end even the moms started to argue because one kid wanted to sleep and the other was crying… and the 3rd was kicking in my seat….%)
    And what about the category wearing too much perfume? or maybe my nose is too sensitive…but on my last flight I would have opened a window if that was possible

  6. Ha ha, love this! Good use of your time spent it the airport, hate being so early! Despite taking so many flight a year I hate flying and usually look like a nervous wreck as though it’s my first time!! Then I arrive and im all confident and act like an expert!! lol

  7. Definitely have seen all of these, but I have another to add……the what should we call it “hot mess hungover partier”. It’s the traveler that has only had a few hours of sleep because they were out partying all night one last time with their new found travel friends only to get way too drunk, sleep through their alarm, and almost miss their flight. Get too close and you can probably smell the booze still on their breath or clothes since they more than likely are still wearing the same outfit from the night before, and their bags are more than likely a jumbled mess because of the mad dash to throw everything in and book it to the airport.
    I’m not going to lie. I have been this traveler before….in my younger days of course 😉

    1. Right Sadie! I have a friend like that, and we were partying the nightbefore . It was a chaotic situation for her the next morning! 😀

  8. I enjoy reading this post! I agree that I can see these different types of people at the airport since I love to people watch. I am definitely one of those who struggle to sleep for 10 hours! Although my travel buddy has no problem with that lol since she can sleep just anywhere due to her flexibility

  9. I am one of those who can sleep 10 hours in a plane! I can fall asleep even before the plane takes off 🙂 I love how you were able to summarize this and very very true, these are the people I see when I go people watching to pass the time in the airport 🙂

    1. How can you do that Carla?! Share me the tricks! I’m lucky if I can sleep for 5 hours with my 24 hours flight! Thanks for reading!! <3

  10. You forgot to mention my category: the way too tired. I am always so tired before boarding a flight that I either can’t be bothered to get on the plane (or get caught in other things till I eventually get called to board the plane that is leaving) or try to get in first so that as soon as I sit down I can fall asleep.

  11. I love it Mary – I think we’ve all come across each one of these people.

    Especially the dam children and crying babies – grrrrr!!

      1. Ugh, I got stuck to four kids on a 11 hour flight to Dubai before. And the parents didnt care how loud they were – I fell your pain :/

        1. Aww! I can imagine! That must be annoying, I flew with crying toddler for 2 hours. I don’t know how I survived that! 😀

  12. Yes, you can see quite a range of people at airports, which makes for fun people-watching. I hope to consider myself an “Expert Traveler”, mainly because that’s the only above label that fits.

    1. Hi Vicki! Thanks for reading. Do you think I missed some types of travelers you’ll bump into the airport in this list? <3

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