TrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 878 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3140 times:
Has anyone found it to be very annoying when you sit next to a person that wants to do nothing but talk to you? I remember a flight way back I was on a TWA 727 from STL to MCO when this nun tried to talk to me about jesus the entire flight. Now I have nothing wrong with religious people or anything, but when she started reading books to me I started to get a little annoyed. Especially when all I wanted to do was look out the window and enjoy my flight. I am not the kinda person that would disrespect someone so I chatted with this women as much as I could and ended up with a small collection of religious pamphlets to bring home with me. LOL I am a fairly social person so its not that I dont like talking but it just wasnt my choice of subjects while cruising along at 500 knots. Anyone else have an experience with someone like this?
(now if its a hot chic next to me thats another story
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3092 times:
I ALWAYS bring my CD player/headphones with me for just this reason (and to tune out screaming kids or loud people in general). Headphones on, eyes closed or head turned towards window... people get the idea.
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3067 times:
I understand you and what you have suffered. This person was maybe manipulated by a religious organization and was not really conscious that she was disturbing you. Next time you just tell that you need to listen to some music and put your earphone on, even if it is not true. It would not be a lie, it would be a way out for you to enjoy your flight and looking outside. Your privacy must be respected. Regards. Kilavoud.
Dispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3055 times:
I once had an encounter with an old lady. Saw her first time in Paris. Wheelchair and all... No problem with that, except she pushed everybody aside with that damned thing. On the next flight from JFK to DFW found her again, NEXT TO ME. She was gasping and an FA put her on oxygen. She nearly put her head in my lap (no vomiting smilies found.....)
I got out of my seat, DEMANDED (which I don't do normally) another seat and got it (no smiley found to express my gratitude....)
Aviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3044 times:
We can't forget those smelly people too. I was on FL from RSW-ATL and trying to take my pictures out the window and work on my laptop (luckily it is a shorter flight). This smelly dude was talking about the airlines and how bad they are and this and that. I just wanted to do my work and breathe clean air. It turns out he just worked a 'desk job' and had no ties to the airlines so how would he know what is good and what isn't? Especially FL...they were pretty good last I checked.
Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3015 times:
Sometimes the people next to you are actually worth talking to. I have yet to have an awful experience with someone talking too much or about obnoxious things. The nun giving me the complete teachings of Jesus would be a bit obnoxious however. Another question for the aviation enthusiast, if it was a pilot deadheading somewhere and he talked too much would that be irritating to you as well?
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2994 times:
Never, never, never irritated !!! I would like to sit near a pilot deadheading somewhere, but I would have to respect his desire for privacy, and nevertherless hope that we could talk a while together when he would feel like to. Regards. Kilavoud.
Aviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2978 times:
if it was a pilot deadheading somewhere...
I would love it! As long as he is willing to talk aviation or other interesting stuff (read:planes) I am all for it. Pilots are generally really great guys, and while people are normal and respectful I am happy.
Airways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2956 times:
But it can be fun too...
I once had a passenger next to me on a flight from HKG to ZRH. My neighbor on that flight was a Spanish businessman who came from Macau, heading for MAD.
We talked a bit during the whole flight, but it wasn't that easy. He did only speak Spanish and Portugese, and I'm only speaking English/German/French. So we didn't really understand us... But at the end of the flight, I knew pretty much about him... That was a nice flight!
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1598 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2927 times:
Also among my pet peeves are shrieking babies in the next row or that annoying 7-year-old boy that is by coincidence seated directly behind you and refuses to stop kicking your seatback. Ughhhh!
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2899 times:
The only times I had this problem, it actually turned out to be a good thing! While traveling around South Africa with some friends, we noticed that the ketchup was thinner and sweeter than the Heinz 57 our palates were used to. During the first leg of my trip home, from CPT to JNB, it turns out I was seated next to an executive from a South African ketchup company! Who was able to explain the difference (how convenient, right?) The only other time was the scenario Kilavoud described- a deadheading DL pilot, who, like myself was a part owner of a Cessna 172, so we spent the entire flight talking Cessnas- a great experience as well!
FLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4973 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2883 times:
sometimes its hard to say what you like or dont like but it´s better to clear it fast.
I´ve never had as bad situations as you, but I´ve had the problems like aviatortj with the smelly people. Close your ears with the headset, thats possible, but close your nose?
I´ve done a flight in Eco with a French Basketball-Player behind me, I´m not a small guy but he!,his hands over my head,his legs in front of my seat,his kness in my
seatback, that was really hard, Thank god at arrival and thank god that this was a short flight CDG/STR 50 minutes.
But anyway I like to fly as much as its possible,until nothing else harder happens.
Next: On the ski-routes as long as it´s possible!.
TrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 878 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2866 times:
One other thing that REALLY gets on my nerves is when someone is talking about the airlines or airplanes and are making completely false statements and think they know everything. (Im a pilot myself so I know slightly more than the average passenger)
I was on another TWA flight a while back and one of there policies was to ensure all window shades were open for takeoff and landing. I overheard the guy behind me say to the person next to him "I wonder why they require you to keep the shades open for takeoff and landing?" the gentlemen answers "that's so the F16's can see in the airplane if there are terrorists"
I sat there and laughed, then thought to myself, where do people come up with some of this stuff? (besides there a$$
The real reason TWA had this policy was in case of an emergency passengers can see outside of the aircraft and escape to the safest possible location. AA does not require this policy.
Dinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1057 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
Last time I went to Australia, from SFO-SYD I had a lady sitting next to me that reminded me of my old english teacher in school. We striked up a common chat as we boarded. She then started telling me about her life and how she liked reading. She said she read like 2 books from NYC-SFO and she whipped out all of these books asking me if I had read them. I told her that I had hardly read any of them and she started trying to give me one to read on the flight. Luckily I was dead tired after a full day of work and was able to pass out right after takeoff. Woke up in Sydney and she started asking me stuff about the book she gave me.
That was a horrible flight. Hope it never happens again.
Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
BN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5476 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
I ALWAYS bring my CD player/headphones with me for just this reason (and to tune out screaming kids or loud people in general). Headphones on, eyes closed or head turned towards window... people get the idea."
TWFirst has it right...always come armed with your gear..you'll never know when it's needed. Wait til you get the lady with a screaming infant next to, or near you. Or that plus a rambucious buzzsaw of a 5 year old jumping up and down in a seat or running up and down the aisles...talk about a nightmare!
But I would have told the Nun....I work for the IRS and I'm an auditor....so Sister Sally...have you always had that name ..or is that an alias? That'll shut her up faster than a clam shell.
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7894 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
I will not talk to people on planes. I mean, come on, I work hard for a living and I would really like some peace and quiet so I can read my book and look out the window. Some guy from Helsinki / Milwaukee / Slough talking about their ex / sports team / The Lord is just not acceptable. Babes and pilots are the exceptions but on thousands of flights I've never sat next to either.
To be honest I don't mind letting them know, and it's not just on planes. I mean, if someone on a train started talking to you about Jesus you'd move or look them right in the eye and tell them to pipe the fuck down. Why tolerate it on a plane?
[Edited 2003-09-30 23:20:23]
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
EmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2121 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
HA! You people think you had it bad?
Sure, people talking to you about crap you don't know or care about can be annoying.
Two years ago on my return from from PRG-YYZ on CSA Czech Airlines A310, a man sitting one row behind and one seat to the left, was coughing up flem the entire flight.
I kid you not. It was absolutely disgusting. From the moment he sat in his chair, he busted out a container that looked like a hollowed out log with a bottom and a lid. He then proceeded to cough up some bodily fluid and spit it into the container.
The couple in the seats in front of me stood up and gave him a dirty look. I was hoping it would end it, but it didn't even make him think twice.
You have NO IDEA how disgusting it is to eat or even just sit there, while this guy was doing this. Myself and the rest of the passengers were so incredibly happy when he fell asleep, unfortunately not for long.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8861 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
I normally don't have conversations with whoever I'm flying next to. If it is someone that I know personally (read: first name basis), then I might make small take about appropriate stuff, but not random stuff. When it is someone that I don't know, I just sit there and do work or read the paper or do something. I don't care who it is...I've flown with celebrities, dead-heading crew, etc...everyone wants some personal time, and a plane is a pretty good place to find time to just relax yourself.
As for annoying, having a 2 year old behind you kick your seat and shriek the entire flight is pretty bad. Especially when you and the culprit are both flying first class...not that pleasant of a flight.