There are certain places where you can see the full range of the human experience, warts and all: the subway, the DMV, and, of course, the airport. We have all had memorable experiences waiting in the security line, sitting at the gate, or being stuck on the tarmac for hours on end. Those memories are seared into our brains forever and inform every insecurity we’ll have the next time we travel. Most of the time, however, what we experience at airports is completely outside of our control. Because that’s the ugly beauty of these environments: you’re stuck shoulder-to-shoulder with total strangers. Personally speaking, it has been a full week since my last trip and I still can’t get over the entitled woman who took off her shoes and socks and then subsequently placed her feet on someone else’s armrest. Literally, where do these types of people come from??
Keep scrolling below to see what these folks said were the strangest experiences they had at the airport, which were compiled from this r/AskReddit thread. When you’re finished, check out this compilation of bizarre fun facts.