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katlady August 30th, 2013 11:40 PM

Worst person to sit next to on an airplane?
 
My hubby asked me this question and I thought: "what an excellent poll that would be." So the question is who would be the worst person to sit next to on an airplane? There won't be an other choice but feel free to share someone worst to sit next to on a plane.

A. Crying baby. Parent can't get them to stop.

B. Person with bad body odor

C. Person with a bad cold.

D. Person with open sores.

E. Person who wants to tell you their whole family problems even if you don't care.

F. Unruly toddler with uncaring parent. Kicking you chair etc.

ship2shore August 31st, 2013 01:03 AM

G- All of the above

aerospace August 31st, 2013 03:45 AM

They are 400 lbs, smell and snore and in the middle seat squishing you against the wall. About 10mins in your wondering what would happen if you pull the emergency latch...

green_rd August 31st, 2013 08:36 AM

How about the loud person that wants to sell you something?

Mike M August 31st, 2013 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by green_rd (Post 1483597)
How about the loud person that wants to sell you something?

You hit that one on the head. One of the very few times in all my years of flying I had to get "nasty" with a seat mate was coming back from Fort Lauderdale. The person was coming back from a "Pampered Chef" convention. At first I was polite and listened to her sales pitch but after a few minutes I took the catalog and said I'll give you a call if there's something I like. A few minutes later she started on again about all the wonderful "stuff" they had. I just said "I'm going to try and nap and I'm not interested." About five minutes later she nudged me in the ribs and started again. I wasn't very nice and basically said: "I'm not buying your crap, so shut the **** up." She never said a word for the next three hours, until we landed at MSP. Then she said: "You didn't have to be so rude." :shock:

Maybe I was the worst person she ever sat next to. ;)

Take care,
Mike

AR August 31st, 2013 10:07 AM

That's easy: the worst person to sit next to is the captain. Ask any first officer who flies with my kid. That's absolutely not true, of course. He's one of the nicest guys I know.

A couple weeks ago I ran into an interesting twist to the crying baby issue. I was in MSP for a Sherlock Holmes meeting, and (truth in advertising) when I fly on passes they bump me up to first class if there's space. So I was sitting in first on the way home, and in front of me was a couple with their baby who screamed for virtually the whole flight. It was pretty clear that they had upgraded with miles to get F seats, and in a way it's understandable because the extra space makes it a lot easier to deal with an infant.

Now, for the reason I mentioned above, I'm in absolutely no position to complain about this, and I didn't. On the other hand I got to thinking about the people who paid what I consider crazy money for a wider seat and more legroom (surely it's not the FOOD!), and what they must have thought about a bellowing kid. As far as I could tell, in this instance nobody complained, but I imagine some were not happy.

I've thought for a long time that when the day comes (and it will) when you can use cell phones during flight, the scene of the next airline murder will be the first class section (typically 16 seats) on a narrow-body aircraft. Half of the paying customers will have bought the seat for peace and quiet, and the other half will be doing business on their phones. There will be blood in the aisle.

Paul Motter August 31st, 2013 10:46 AM

I had a kid behind me last week that was just singing, chirping, chatting gibberish for four hours and the mom did nothing at all. She just sat there and acted like there was nothing wrong.

I will say Mom looked pretty tired so she could have been flying in from Russia or something, but the kids had plenty of energy. SO annoying.

katlady August 31st, 2013 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul Motter (Post 1483606)
I had a kid behind me last week that was just singing, chirping, chatting gibberish for four hours and the mom did nothing at all. She just sat there and acted like there was nothing wrong.

I will say Mom looked pretty tired so she could have been flying in from Russia or something, but the kids had plenty of energy. SO annoying.

Paul we had this coming back from Venice, Italy. The last flight was from Los Angeles to Sacramento it was at 11PM. We had been awake and flying for like 20 hours at this point. All we wanted to do on the last flight was sleep. But the mother was letting the toddler draw on the tray table and the toddler would emit high pitched laughs while pounding his little fists on the tray table. Which of course would shake my husband's seat. He asked politely if the child could not pound his fist on the tray table. The lady got snotty and said a least he isn't crying. Then to the child she said You have to stop drawing the man doesn't want you to do that. Accept she didn't make him and he never stopped. Longest hour and 15 minutes of my life. It's funny the longest flight Frankfurt to Los Angeles was a breeze. Everyone was nice and there was tons of space. Go figure.

Trip August 31st, 2013 03:26 PM

With my flying history, the worst was a kid kicking my seat, with parents that have mush for brains..There is no way I will believe these people don't get it,and try and improve the situation....they are miserable human beings. I adressed this fact with the flight attendant,and they were spoken to...no change. I was moved to business class.

I once sat next to a guy who was using the nail file part of a nail clipper to dig to China..I wanted to scream.

Another vile habit is when one takes their shoes off..more vile when the foot is bare....grrr

Ok I am never flying again! Maybe this would work?

Another airline rolls out a 'no-kids' zone

Donna August 31st, 2013 04:04 PM

How about when the kid keeps kicking the back or your seat and the parent doesn't stop it?? OY

Manuel August 31st, 2013 04:37 PM

Those are all terrible. :mad: :confused: :x

Thinking about them makes me not want to fly.

TM

Mike M August 31st, 2013 06:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trip (Post 1483624)
With my flying history, the worst was a kid kicking my seat, with parents that have mush for brains..There is no way I will believe these people don't get it,and try and improve the situation....they are miserable human beings. I adressed this fact with the flight attendant,and they were spoken to...no change. I was moved to business class.

I once sat next to a guy who was using the nail file part of a nail clipper to dig to China..I wanted to scream.

Another vile habit is when one takes their shoes off..more vile when the foot is bare....grrr

Ok I am never flying again! Maybe this would work?

Another airline rolls out a 'no-kids' zone

Linda,
You wouldn't want to sit by me. I always take my shoes off while I'm seated. However, I do wear socks and each day I do this thing called "bathing" so I don't have a foot odor problem.

Take care,
Mike

ship2shore August 31st, 2013 07:55 PM

I am allergic to liquids, so I don't bathe.

Trip August 31st, 2013 09:11 PM

oy!
 
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Dave Beers August 31st, 2013 09:47 PM

I'd likely be escorted off the plane in handcuffs if the third photo happened to me and I was sitting next to the person using the armrest for a foot stool. I sure would hate it if some coffee got spilled on the inconsiderate idiot's tootsies.

The other two photos would likely invite retaliation from me in the form of some 'oh, I'm sorry' methods.

katlady August 31st, 2013 11:15 PM

Can I get on this flight instead. I bet these guys won't kick my seat, try to sell me something or given me a cold. The might Drool on me but I can handle that.;)
http://elitechoice.org/wp-content/up...on-a-plane.jpg

katlady August 31st, 2013 11:16 PM

Huh maybe I should dress like these guys.:mrgreen:
http://guyism.com/wp-content/uploads...-passenger.jpg

katlady August 31st, 2013 11:18 PM

That is one interesting carry on I wonder if it fit in the overhead bin.
http://i.imgur.com/QoAlG3s.gif

Dave Beers September 1st, 2013 11:52 AM

There was a little incident several years ago where a worker with low levels of contamination somehow left a nuclear power plant without the monitors alarming. It wasn't the plant I worked at but we studied the incident report in continuing training class.

Anyway, the worker flew across country to another plant for a contract assignment, staying in two hotels in the process, used taxis, a rental car, the whole nine yards. The 2nd plant discovered he was 'crapped up' (as we call it) and notified the 1st plant where the contamination had occurred. The 1st plant had to send a team of technicians to do contamination surveys all along the travel route, including tracking down the airplane and surveying it, the taxis, the hotel rooms, etc. Took them two weeks. They didn't find anything above background levels, and most definitely didn't march around in protective clothing and masks. The contamination was fixed in the person's skin and apparently didn't come loose from what they could tell.

Not to scare anyone, but you never know. The person sitting next to you could be radioactive from medical treatments, such as for certain heart tests. Or they may have Cobalt-60 seeds inserted in their body for prostate cancer treatment.

Luanne Russo September 1st, 2013 05:15 PM

I guess I have been lucky, or just have a high tolerance for rudeness.

I have experienced the seat kicker, and it hurt. I nicely asked the mother, and she stopped it, so all worked out.

I take my shoes off on long flights, the bottom of my foot is never exposed, and I carry a pair of footies in my bag, so you only see a sock.

hez September 1st, 2013 10:07 PM

I want to be on that flight too!!!

aerospace September 2nd, 2013 02:10 AM

At least you get a seat and don't have to hitch on the wing!

http://cdn1.images.videobash.com/pho...5/651/5651.jpg

I saw a video once of 2 ducks walking up and down the aisles in first class, couldn't find a link :(

skymaster September 2nd, 2013 09:18 AM

My last trans Atlantic flight was aboard Lufthansa, and they issued little "footies" for everyone. Quite nice, and I still have mine, which I use here at the house occasionally. ;)

"SKY"

Mike M September 2nd, 2013 10:36 AM

Betty and I were talking about this last night. We finally agreed that the worst person to sit next to on a plane is someone who is afraid to fly or is a nervous/impatient flyer. Any small bump, small delay, peanuts instead of pretzels, whatever meal is served, unable to fit their "carry on" in the overhead bin, etc. causes either a series of "complaining", a the nervous "humph!", endless re positioning in their seat, or endless talking about all that is wrong with flying. Just shut up, read your book. It isn't that bad.

I know I'll probably be hated for saying this but it's true.

Take care,
Mike

Dave Beers September 2nd, 2013 11:12 AM

I once sat next to a woman who was afraid to fly and we had what might be considered the ultimate 'bad scenario' for her.

It was a commuter jet from Atlanta to Huntsville, there had been numerous weather delays for severe thunderstorms and the weather was still iffy with foreboding skies. I get to my seat and the lady is already there saying 'oh my God' over and over. She is freaked about the small plane and weather and then it gets better.

The flight attendant walks by and we both notice she has a prosthetic left arm - one with the hook type 'hand'. This was new to me too, but she obviously met the qualifications and physical requirements, so be it.
The seatmate almost passed out while still chanting 'OMG' over and over. The flight attendant then pulls a case of bottled water out and rips off the plastic covering by puncturing it with the hook hand and ripping it off. By this time I was barely able to contain my laughter as the lady says, "I can't do this" and starts to unbuckle and leave. Before she can get up they announce the cabin door is closed and we push back. So, she is stuck. She spent the flight with her head in her hands as we bounced around a good bit in the rough air.

Luanne Russo September 2nd, 2013 11:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike M (Post 1483758)
Betty and I were talking about this last night. We finally agreed that the worst person to sit next to on a plane is someone who is afraid to fly or is a nervous/impatient flyer. Any small bump, small delay, peanuts instead of pretzels, whatever meal is served, unable to fit their "carry on" in the overhead bin, etc. causes either a series of "complaining", a the nervous "humph!", endless re positioning in their seat, or endless talking about all that is wrong with flying. Just shut up, read your book. It isn't that bad.

I know I'll probably be hated for saying this but it's true.

Take care,
Mike

Mike, I like your description of the nervous passenger. I am a quiet nervous passenger. I can't think of the fact we are without wheels on the ground. I have things I do to make it feel better. One is a prayer that says if it is my time to go, then I am ready. Not to long ago, a man sitting next to me said, "If you go, could you not take me with you?" I didn't realize I was speaking out loud.:)

One of the reasons I wanted my new computer was to avoid the overhead bin. It will be small enough to go under the seat. I hate the way people act about the overheads. It's embarrassing too me.

One thing I make a point of doing is thanking the pilots for a safe flight. It makes them smile, but I figure what's wrong with a little bit of extra good Karma.:)

Akali September 2nd, 2013 11:17 PM

My worst flight companion...on a flight from London to New York (so quite long). Saw the man prior to boarding, he kept staring at me which made me feel a bit uneasy, so I found a new place to sit. He had with him a bit of a dodgey briefcase too, wires hanging out and such, but that didn't bother me too much since we went through double security bc it was right after the kid who tried to sneak in stuff in his shoes. Board the flight only to find out man is booked next to me and makes it a point that he saw me previously. So, already to not give out many details about my life...so chatting to me bores him. He puts on his headphones which somehow manage to leak into my line...doesnt matter anyway since he listens to Johnny Cash's Burning Ring of Fire over and over until we land...plus he kept ordering drink after drink. Great flight, being stuck on it an hour longer only made it even more memorable.

psumustang September 3rd, 2013 02:04 AM

I had a Pomeranian next to me on my last flight and it was worse then a baby. Stupid thing would bark every second someone went to the bathroom.

venice September 3rd, 2013 04:09 AM

That's easy...any famous celebrity...I flew Seattle to JFK first class sitting next to Charlie's Angels J. Smith during the peak of her popularity on the show. My friend the gate agent ask me to keep an eye out for her. It was onboard a 767 (when it was new aircraft)..We briefly spoke and then settled in. At first the other First class passengers ( all males btw) did not recognize her, but once they did they went crazy trying to get the flight attendant to switch seats with me or ask for her autograph and send over drinks or to take a pic with her...I did my job and "protected" her and was awarded with a hug from her when we landed..what I remember to this day is the smell of her perfume
I flew next to the first Black Miss America Vanessa Williams the day she was stripped of her crown due to the nude pics of her in Penthouse....I recognize her (of course) but no one else did (there were alot of Penthouse magazines onboard that flight)...we had a great conversation because we shared alot in common...the press met our plane at JFK and snapped pics of us as we walked off the plane..if this happen today in the age of TMZ, I would be identified as her BF rofl
As to the various comments about kids, be mindful that the child may be autistic.

ship2shore September 3rd, 2013 06:51 AM

How soon we forget...:shock:

we were all children once.


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