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Most irritating person near you on a flight.

Aug 14th, 2003, 02:43 PM
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On a flight to Ireland a couple of years ago, we shared the flight with an Irish-American band on their way to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin. We got a kick out of their green satin jackets and they seemed to be having the time of their lives.

However, at 3:15 a.m., when the clarinetist started to play, they weren't quite so charming, at least to me. I was ready to ask the flight attendant to tell the man to stop but my husband shushed me -- he was enjoying it! Well, we heard it all -- Danny Boy, Wonderland by Night, Irish Eyes. I have to admit, the guy was very good. But as my husband struggled to stay awake the next morning (all day really), I just whistled "Wonderland by Night" and had the last laugh.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 04:41 PM
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What we need today in this troubled world is love and compassion...Not every OBESE person is fat because he or she is a glutton and like to stuff herself or himself with fast food, chips, cakes or sweet in general .
Many obese people are fat because of a slow metabolism or sometimes for medical reason....
I feel deeply sorry for these people and I thank God that my weight is normal, otherwise I will be the most miserable person in the world, and I will not have my Sunny personality..
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Aug 14th, 2003, 05:01 PM
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kismetchimera, what a lovely thought.
Its so good to have a sensitve soul like you on our side.

The little wife and I are admittedly fat-challenged, but only because we are big-boned, have a slow metbolism and are gentically unable to resist fried foods and sugar.

We've tried all sorts of diets, some of which were down right dangerous as they required us to go more than two hours without nourishment.

As long as we can get xxx-large sweatpants and tent-sized tops we will continue to travel, perhaps in a seat right next to you on a future flight.
Aug 14th, 2003, 05:10 PM
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Re: Not every OBESE person is fat because he or she is a glutton...

Very true. Likewise, reminded of the thread about beggars, not every beggar is a scam artist.

Unless we follow someone around (or are omniscient), we don't know why they are the way they are.

That being said, obesity is a serious problem in the U.S. and seems to be getting worse all the time. So, while we can't judge any individual person, we can "judge" -- and the Surgeon General and plenty of other health officials/professionals "judge" -- that this is not a good trend, overall.

The simple, and unfortunate, fact is that many Americans eat poorly and don't exercise enough. But the other fact is that you can't automatically assume the person next to you on a plane does either of those things.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 05:30 PM
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I had the same experience as Maitaitom, but in the end I did have a place to move. I posted about it here on fodors and many people agreed with me, but the thread was banished.

I can certainly see that obese people have rights, but what about the people they squash against the window? Do we no longer have the right to a comfortable flight, that we have paid for?

Anyway, my most annoying flight mate was an old man who would not stop talking, even durng the movie. I was raptly watching the movie, with earphones on and everything, and he kept yakking louder and louder. I guess it was worse for me because I was up against the window, all the way in the back, squashed and unable to escape.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 05:55 PM
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How did this FUN thread disintegrate so fast and turn into fat bashing????

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Aug 14th, 2003, 06:11 PM
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My most annoying flight was on America West last year from Orlando to Las Vegas. We had the unfortunate luck to have seats in front of 3 VERY drunk young people (2 guys and a girl), who actually held up the plane because they were late boarding. Then they had the nerve to laugh and brag about how they love to see how late they can actually board a plane!!!! They had been sitting in a bar in the airport, waiting until the very last minute. It was all a game for them. After takeoff, we tried to let our seats back a little and get some shut-eye before our wee-hour arrival, and realized we couldn't - the drunks behind us were in the emergency exit row! Oh great! Then, the people in front of us reclined their seats all the way back, and we couldn't move, actually felt trapped. Of course, the drunks behind us became irate when the stewardess refused them any more alcohol, and they eventually passed out. To top it off, we were starved, as our plane left around 6 PM and we didn't arrive in Las Vegas until around 2 AM their time, and all we were served on that long flight were tiny pieces of pretzels - I kid you not! Not even WHOLE pretzels. That was our first and last experience with America West.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 06:25 PM
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I am sorry that I my post seemed as though I was bashing fat people. My intent was to bash my former boss who abused her power to have extra seat room. I don't mind sitting next to a large person. I do think that I would mind it if they took away my armrest though. That seems rather rude. But, a better alternative than a crying kid.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 06:33 PM
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I'm embarresed at times when a few posters I thought I liked, make ugly comments about fat, turettes syndrone, or whatever, You need to take stock of your humanity. No one goes out of their house and says "Gee, I think. I'll look ugly. I think I'll be Fat. I think I'll misspell. I think I'll ask a question they will find fault with. Smugness is not loveable. Cruelty a sin, and cheap shots demean you that show that is not intelligence.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 07:13 PM
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Is it really rude to recline your seat all the way back in coach? Even on a 12 hour flight? I never thought so...
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Aug 14th, 2003, 07:17 PM
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This was not intentionally irritating, but a child of nine or so was seating one row back and over from me and he had a serious asthma attack on the airplane. He coughed loudly and continually for 9 hours, so there was no way I could sleep. Finally, during the last hour, the crew put him on an oxegen machine. Poor little kid!
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Aug 14th, 2003, 07:27 PM
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This person was the sweetest person I have ever sat next to on a plane....and thank God for that because she must have weighed about 350-400 pounds and her body was all over both of our seats. She had to use my table to eat, because there was no way she could had been able to open her table. She attempted twice to get up so I could go the restroom, but could not.... and neither could I (transatlantic flight). Did the best I could with an irritating situation.
Aug 14th, 2003, 07:30 PM
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MizzEve: I didn't take your post as bashing fat people - I took it as a reality check.

I have been fortunate enough never to have had to share a row of airline seats with an obese person, but I've suffered enough other indignities on airlines to know that if I were placed in a seat next to a person whose "flab" intruded on my personal space - which I paid for - I'd be indignant and want some recourse.

If someone is large enough to encroach on someone else's seat, for whatever reason, that person ought to pay for two seats. Period. There is no denying that there are people who are large due to circumstances beyond their control, but if you read the medical literature you will find out that the vast majority of hugely obese people are the size they are because of lifestyle decisions they have made.

As I've said, I've never been inconvenienced by such a person while traveling by air yet, but should I be I think I would complain, because I have spent a good part of my life making sure I stay fit and healthy by not eating fast food, exercising, and generally keeping myself normal size by dint of hard work. Why I should have to spend the night standing up on a flight to Europe because some huge person who has been a MacDonald's dévotée for 40 years beats me.

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Aug 14th, 2003, 08:06 PM
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1.Drunk All Male French Crew from Barclona to Paris on New Years Day at 6:00am. I wasn't in a good mood to begin with becuase of the lack of sleep but these guys kept blowing party horns at 6:30 in the Morning. I wanted to kill them.
2.The recent flight from New York to Dallas with a 8-9 year old kid singing in Spanish and kicking the back of my chair the entire 3 hours. I could stand a baby crying becuase its not a baby's fault but an 8-9 year old should be able to keep quiet.
3.And the worst Flight ever, Me sandwiched between two 6'4" guys that were the size of linebackers on another flight from New York to Dallas. It wouldn't have been so bad not being able to move my arms for 3 hours if one of them hadn't had the flu and continued to cough and sneeze all over me and then decided to get drunk on Jack Daniels and read a porn magazine for the last hour.

Public Transportation, got to love it. How much are private jets again?
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Aug 14th, 2003, 08:09 PM
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My husband and I booked a Caribbean cruise and our travel agency also had another couple as clients who took the same cruise as us. Therefore, we had the same itinerary and we just said "hi" and went our way.
However, after the cruise ended by coincidence we had seats next to them and I sat next to the wife. For the duration of the flight from Florida to San Francisco this woman kept talking to me and would not stop. She never quit. Maybe I should have said something to her and I wanted to-but I didn't really know how to say it without sounding rude.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 08:14 PM
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Always bring a book, and say. "Sorry, I'm now at the exciting part."
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Aug 14th, 2003, 08:24 PM
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I didn't realize that there were so many perfect people that participate on the European board. I'm wondering if any of you might have a bad habit or done something to annoy another passenger on a flight. All of you tattletales are flawless - maybe you should look at yourselves in a mirror. I really don't know what the purpose of this thread is but to vent about strangers and to see if you can each one up each other on the most irritating person that you've encountered on a flight. It sounds like some of you could be on the verge of having airplane rage.

All the airlines are doing, hopefully, is to guarantee you a seat. Hopefully, you'll arrive at your destination on time, safely and with your luggage.

Honestly, don't we all have better things to do other than complain about strangers that you most likely will not encounter ever again? How about changing the tone of this thread and telling us about the most pleasant person or most interesting person you've met on a flight.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 08:48 PM
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i guess i've been luck with the flights i've taken and not been too annoyed. although on the AVE (train) from sevilla to madrid these teenage girls kept laughing hysterically at "about a boy" i had my cd player as loud as it would go and could still hear them. i don't remember it being THAT funny!
however i had the misfortune of once being the bad neighbor. on my way to madrid i sat next to a really nice guy from madrid who had been in san fransisco studying english and toward the end of the flight i was foggy/groggy and spilled my tea on his lap. thank god it was no longer hot but i felt soo horrible and he was very gracious about it. if it had happened to me i'd be peeved.
-actually it has by kids i've traveled with which is why i wear nylon track pants when i fly with kids
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Aug 14th, 2003, 08:57 PM
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Leslie - Thanks for the reality check.

My flying flaws - I'm terrified to fly. So, I am that irritating person that some people don't like. I also dropped a can on someone's foot while trying to stuff my huge shopping bag into the overhead rack. That was probably very irritating for that guy. I also was in conversation with a guy across the aisle for most of a flight from AZ to MSP recently. I know that it annoyed a passenger in front of us because she kept making rude comments, very loudly. For some reason the flight attendents kept apologizing to the guy and me for that lady's complaining.

I've told the story in another thread about my sky angel Ruth. Ruth was a very very nice woman who talked to me during a 2 hour flight when she realized how scared I was.

Then there was the time that I fly to England while suffering from a head cold. I thought that my head was going to explode, it was so painful. I was in the center row and there was an older woman seated there as well. She told me to lay down and put my head in her lap. She massaged my head on and off for the entire flight.

I used to be a very large person. Although it never ocurred to me that I could raise the armrest for more room during that time in my life.

I'm sorry that my earlier post was unkind. Please accept my sincere apologies for my behavior.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 09:12 PM
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Just curious, Leslie, but what were you expecting to read when you chose to open this thread entitled "Most irritating person near you on a flight"???
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