I know I’m no rocket scientist, but really does anyone but me and the woman who was sitting next to me think perhaps there might be a better way of boarding people onto planes?
Do you think like she and I that perhaps if the people sitting further back were to board first it might make more sense? Alright, I know you have to let the 1st Class passengers on first, they need their drinks and their sense of importance to be fulfilled, but after that, wouldn’t it make more sense to board back to front, avoiding some of the hubbub of bumping and wrangling of luggage that people insist carrying on with them? I don’t know about you, but there is no need to be on that damn plane any longer than necessary. I think the logic is all ass-backwards presently. I can’t imagine anyone flying enjoying it these days, what with the TSA shenanigans so why not try to make whatever other protocol there is easier?
Having just returned from a very stressful visit to sick family, which I see no reason to go into, I must expound on all the fun the trip itself included. I can’t stand suffering alone so I thought I’d share in minute detail the other travails.
Have you ever sat next to someone who has decided to wear a bottle of perfume that is only magnified by their rushing and sweating to get to their seat that is next to you and unfortunately exacerbates your already splitting headache? People might want to think when they get ready in the morning, taking into account that they are about to run and perspire, thus their scent now envelopes everyone in a ten-foot sphere, so when seated in an enclosed capsule with no fresh air that perhaps it’s not a great idea? I was panting and breathing into my scarf trying not to pass out…it was disgusting and my head was pounding to beat the band, I guess I actually should have barfed on the offender and maybe they would have learned their lesson?
How about the seatmate who insists on talking, loudly about their life and trip as if they are your best friend to all in their hearing for the entire trip? Perhaps you’d like to read or sleep? Also, if you can hear them in the seat behind or in front, Gaaaa, you are too loud. Please, we don’t care about your life!
I do understand as a parent you may need to fly, but really, there must be a better way of flying with children than we have right now. Unfortunately, to feel captive to unruly children for a 6 hour flight is awful. Screaming children, sitting on mother’s laps, so they can save money is unacceptable. I flew once with my children when they were toddlers and it was such a horror, I never did it again! From then on out we drove or did not travel. I was so uncomfortable with the whole situation I refused to put myself in that setting again, and my children were actually well behaved. The flight attendants are no help for the most part, so you are on your own and obviously there is no place to go, I’m sorry they’re busy giving out drinks and picking up “trash” and never the twain shall meet!
How about the snoring drooling neighbor? What do you do about them when they lean on you or get really loud?
What fun have you had flying?
(C) Written by Evelyn Garone 1/26/12
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The last time I was on a 6 hr flight (India to Qatar), my neighbor sat down and pulled some chips out of his bookbag. Luckily for me this neighbor was a classmate and we had somewhat of a relationship. Unluckily the chips were Pringles, sour cream and onion. Before he opened them he offered me some. I said no thank you and I wish you wouldn’t eat them either. He asked why not. I told him that it was a 6 hour flight and we had no mouthwash or windows! He said, “Good point” and put them back in his bag.
Since the airlines have adjusted their prices dropping meals and people have decided they cannot live without food, it’s always alarming when people decide to bring their own and their choices are quite questionable…fishy,smelly, garlicky, etc. Your handling of said situation was quite well done! Kudos! Thanks for reading! Evie
There was a time when a couple of airlines I flew tried to board from the back and it didn’t work because the first people boarding — even if they’re seats are in the back — start loading up the overhead bins in the front. Classless.
I find that positioning my book and/or putting in earphones (whether I’m actually listening to anything or not) create a quality “don’t talk to me” experience. All I want from my seatmates is civility and respect for that teeny-tiny space I paid for.
People are unbelievable…why would you put your bags in the front if your seats are in the back…as you said, quite classless! Perhaps the civility you spoke of is dead!
I, too do try to put up my barriers, ie. book, or close my eyes, I again just want my own “space” and don’t appreciate people who happen to overhang my seat with their “stuff” or their bulk (weight) and don’t even get me started on the little power play for the armrest….