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People Imagine What Annoying, Mundane Things Will Happen When Space Travel Becomes Common

One day space tourism will be a thing, and it will likely face some of the similar problems we see on Earth... like people trying to have sex, or lost luggage, or delays because of space weather. Still sounds worth it to me, though.

a_sexy_secretary asked: When space travel becomes a normal daily thing, what do you think will be the annoying stuff that will happen at spaceports or on the spaceflight?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


Unoriginal tourists.

Every time you land on the Moon all the annoying tourists saying "that's one small step for man..." Yes we know it's exciting and you've never been here before but you're blocking the escalator and I'd like to get to baggage claim because it's really hard to get an Uber here after 9 P.M.

codyish

Or some idiot brings a fishing rod and thinks he can reenact the Dreamworks logo.

Dr-Figgleton

Food floating around.

That idiot who opens a bag of Skittles/M&M's/trail mix in zero gravity and it floats through the whole cabin.

frnoss

I fail to see the problem with free trail mix.

Drain0Dranker

It is all fun and games with free floating trail mix until you eat something random mixed in that isn't.

VRegg

Insane security.

ISA (intergalactic security administration) will confiscate your bottle of water that could be used in flight for nuclear fusion.

mordecai98

When space TSA make you take your space shoes off to space walk through the space metal detector.

VoteRonaldRayGun

Flat spacers?

Some assh*le saying Mars isn't real and that you are just orbiting Earth then landing in New Mexico.

elSenorMaquina

Tries to prove his point by sowing something in untreated soil, then when it doesn't work just says "I just have a black thumb, this doesn't prove anything."

Niar666

Tries to prove it by taking off his helmet...

Hey, what do you know, the problem sorted itself out.

dftba-ftw

That episode of Magic Schoolbus f*cked me up when I was a kid.

Alexisokay

Sex in space.

Couples trying to join the Zero G Club.

Gogo726

Oh christ it's going to float about and get in everything.

Semen in the airvents, again.

Newfaceofrev

People getting into the Zero G Club while I here still not in the 9.81 m/s^2 club. Doesn't have the same ring to it but its a goal.

monkey-neil

1 G Club.

BananApocalypse

Didnt think of that. Better name than what I said. This is why I'll die alone.

monkey-neil

People having gravity crises.

Waiting for docking, then waiting for pressurization. The artificial gravity not working and sh*t floating away in zero gravity that you didn't notice floated away.

Tangboy50000

The velcro industry will flourish.

ZB43

Yeah. You don't get seats, you just wear a velcro suit and they fasten you to the walls.

SisterofGandalf

Look at Mr. mooney bags over here getting velcro'd to the walls the rest of us getting velcro'd to each other in bins!

1101base2

"Where are my glasses AGAIN?"

"They flew away, bitch. This is 2040."

storgrust

Good luck keeping hold of your airpods!

MaineJune

Flight delays.

That big old CLUNK when your ship isn't quite matching the habitat's spin. Lazy pilot.

On older spacecraft, being forced inside the storm shelter for solar storms.

On nuclear craft, having freaking delays because the ship needs to stop thrusting and face it's reactor (and shielding) towards the sun during storms. Or prematurely decelerating because there might be a solar storm that would later prevent us from doing our orbital insertion burn. It's 2119, why can't we have this sh*t worked out in advance?

Angdrambor


older spacecraft

I love it

TheRoyalUmi

RyanSpace still using BFRs for Moon-Mars day trips.

Supersamtheredditman

Using seats from actual 737s because it's way cheaper.

WaywardScythe

Onboard plumbing mishaps.

Flying poop like what happened on Apollo 10. Here is the full document, the poop incident is on page 416 if anyone wants to read more.

-eDgAR-

The "gimme a napkin quick" line always gets me.

madamsquirrelly

"Mine was stickier than that."

Sk8rToon

Lost bags.

Your luggage being sent to another planet.

toast_tess

What do you mean you sent my luggage to Europa? I can't afford Europa.

karmagod13000

And your ID was in that luggage, so it takes hours before security even lets you out of the airlock.

So there you are, wandering around the station, stuck in the same flight suit you came up in, watching the hourly sunrises and sunsets while your bags wait for a suitable launch window to begin their rendezvous.

"Never transferring again," you say. "Next time I'm staying on the surface until I can book something direct," you say.

But billboards keep telling you how great offworld is, and the available seats fill up so fast.

ceribus_peribus

Messy connecting flights.

Solar flare will delay your flight from Earth to Moon, so you will miss your connecting flight from Moon to Mars and will have to wait 2 months for next flight. That will cause you to fail your mining contract because of late arrival, esentially making you homeless and without any money, stuck on some remote spaceport.

blackwe11_ninja

That's why you leave early.

What's more likely is that anyone with space mining skills would be in such high demand that you'd get a job on the moon no problem, and the opening on Mars will still be there in two months. Where else are they going to get someone, if no flights are going there for that two months?

oberon

There is no early. You're waiting for the planets orbits to line up right so you don't waste a sh*tload of fuel. I mean, or you're looking for a gravity assist.

A missed flight window could be exceptionally costly.

dreamki11er

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Laws are amiable. We know this. They often change with the times, with enough revolution that is. Laws are there to protect and serve, however they can be too complex and just downright odd and often absurd.

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