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Old 07-03-2013, 05:20 PM
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I don't usually get annoyed by people or their actions during flight. I used to live in a roommate kind of setup, so noise etc. don't affect my sleep and this helps in airplanes. The most annoying thing for me was during one of the longest flight i've ever taken, SFO to Sydney. There was no entertainment system on the plane. Only one shared screen for a block. I mean even in the domestic flights they have a good entertainment system. I had to try to sleep for 16 hours, was bored to death. Since then, i always spend a bit more and travel with any other airline than United from SFO.


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The only thing that annoys me is how annoyed people get when you push your chair back....I don't want to be rude but the person infront of me has theirs back so I don't have much room and i need sleep. Overall the flight isn't the bad bit....the jet lag is! Coming from Europe night and day are totally reversed and when I don't sleep 7 hours I feel really sick. I have a really strong body clock.

The worst experience I had on a flight was when a person had either somehow managed to smoke or brought a half smoked cigarette on the plane and dropped it by my seat....the air hostess immediently accused me of smoking (I've never smoked in my life) and gave me a filthy look not to mention everyone around me.
I agree with what everyone before has said....there is no need to be rude or cold to the person your sitting next to....your traveling together for a long period of time....if not out of common decency, for your own peace of mind just be friendly.


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You deserve C$#@ over that stupid comment, may you get the middle seat on the way to PH with 2 sumo wrestlers either side. LOL

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The worst experience I ever had was 10 yrs ago sitting in the aisle seat with a man on the window who not only was wearing everything he owned possibly trying to save on baggage costs but smelt like he had been herding camels and goats for the past 6 months without a shower. He then proceeded to talk to himself aloud in a foreign language on a red eye flight and there was no spare seats to run too. in the middle of us was a young woman who was leaning very much my ay obviously trying to escape the smell. Well she fell asleep on my shoulder and proceeded to drool down my shirt in her sleep. I did not have the heart to wake her as I felt sorry that she was the closest to the smell..ps. I was a nurse many years ago and thought I had smelt every bad odour possible but this was unbelievable

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This anger about long haul flights seems to be a big thing in Australia. Every couple of months there will be a story about it on the SMH, and there will be thousands of comments . Someone will always suggest paying by weight, but never by height. It seems being genetically tall is acceptable, but genetically more overweight isn't. Or being overweight because you eat to cope with stress, or whatever... its the last acceptable 'ism.

The comments then suggest charging by BMI... etc etc. And also towards buying things like this to 'defend' your territory. Seriously, people can be so miserable.

Collegegirl, I agree that the people who 'tsk tsk' and make you feel bad are horrible. Regardless of whether it is for weight, or for a crying baby, or snoring - people just need to be a little more tolerant. Making the other person feel bad doesn't help, and just makes the whole thing harder for everyone!
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I think we have to be careful calling it the last acceptable "ism" when racism, sexism, ableism, and classism are still such a huge part of the world... but I agree with the rest of your post. Thanks, kmmr.

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CollegeGirl I just want to say thank you for sharing. You are EXACTLY right. I can't afford 2 seats and the flight over here was absolutely horrible and painful, although I sat by the nicest couple.
Iduno, you're lucky I'm a lady.

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Hi iduno - One of those overweight people here. I'm not going to give you crap for it, but I would like to say a few things about it.

Having been on the other side - trust me, it is much worse for the person next to you, and a little kindness and compassion can go a long way. Imagine you're sitting in a seat, and person after person comes down the aisle looking absolutely terrified that their seat is going to be next to you. No one wants to be anywhere near you. Finally the "unlucky" person draws the short straw and realizes they are your seatmate. They scowl, throw their things above, sit down, sigh, scowl some more, ignore you when you say hello, sigh again, buckle their seatbelt, scowl, then loudly announce to the flight attendant that they want to be moved. Of course, there are no extra seats, so you have to spend a flight sitting next to a person who is visibly disgusted by you, flinches when he accidentally touches you, etc. etc. Can you imagine how humiliating that would be? I'm an extremely confident, friendly person, but things like this DO get to me.

I've actually ended up with bruises all up and down my hip from sitting at a tilted angle the entire flight just to try to avoid my body moving even an inch into the other person's space. It doesn't matter - they still hate me.

On the other hand, I've had kind seatmates who sit down, smile, put the armrest up, jovially comment on how airplane seats get smaller and smaller every year (which is true) and how it just sucks that no one can ever be comfortable. Both of us do our best not to invade each other's space, we chat the whole time, and it's a lovely experience for both of us.

Nowadays I always buy a second seat for myself -- but I can afford to now. When I was a college student, it wasn't an option. My only other choice would have been to not fly home, to not spend Christmas or Thanksgiving or any other holiday with my family, ever, because I could only afford one seat.

And the airlines make this as difficult as possible. The majority do not discount or reduce the cost of that second seat. A child can have that whole seat to themselves and pay much less - but I can't get a second seat so I can have three inches more room without paying full price for it. Also, airlines have different booking policies for the second seat - it's always a hassle to purchase a ticket, because they all have different ways you have to do it.

And very few airlines double your baggage allowance if you buy a second seat. So I buy two seats, but get one baggage allowance, one meal, etc. Oh, and if you're lucky enough to have a spouse who doesn't mind sharing his seat with you, like I soon will? For most airlines, it doesn't matter. My fiance and I will have to purchase three tickets every time we fly somewhere together, even though we'll only need two seats.

In Canada, though, they require overweight passengers to be given a second seat at no charge for everyone's comfort. I really wish there were a similar solution to this problem in the US right now, but unfortunately, there just isn't.

There are people of all sizes in this world, and the population gets bigger by the year. It serves no purpose to get annoyed with or be hateful toward overweight people. They're suffering just as much as you are (and very probably more, as they aren't just uncomfortable but humiliated and embarrassed, too).

Direct your annoyance at the airlines, where it belongs, as they continue to ignore everyone's comfort, make seats smaller year after year, and not come up with workable solutions to accommodate overweight passengers.
CG, sorry I didn't mean to upset you or anyone else, it was a bit of a "get your mind off the visa problems"
I travel lots and always talk to the people sitting next to me,no matter were they come from, what they look like, young and old.

Anyhow, I'm 6'2-1/2" tall. try a middle seat with 6' + people either side for 12 hours..and then try and stand up, both legs go to sleep after 2 hours, need to go to the toilet after 3 hours, start crawling down the aisle dragging myself from seat to seat.
Thanks aussieboy, 2 sumo wrestlers ha ha can't wait for that trip.

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CG, sorry I didn't mean to upset you or anyone else, it was a bit of a "get your mind off the visa problems"
I travel lots and always talk to the people sitting next to me,no matter were they come from, what they look like, young and old.

Anyhow, I'm 6'2-1/2" tall. try a middle seat with 6' + people either side for 12 hours..and then try and stand up, both legs go to sleep after 2 hours, need to go to the toilet after 3 hours, start crawling down the aisle dragging myself from seat to seat.
Thanks aussieboy, 2 sumo wrestlers ha ha can't wait for that trip.
You should take up yoga! When my legs need a stretch on the aircraft I just twist them around my body until I hit the muscle that needs relief. haha I know I've got an advantage over 6'+ travellers though - I'm travel sized.

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You should take up yoga! When my legs need a stretch on the aircraft I just twist them around my body until I hit the muscle that needs relief. haha I know I've got an advantage over 6'+ travellers though - I'm travel sized.
Cant move my legs, the person in front has put there seat all the way back, i'm trapped.

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