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Sitting Next To People That Talk To Much!  
User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 954 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3283 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 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineBoingGoingGone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

I had this happen in First one time. Damn guy drove me nuts.

User currently offlinePanaman From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 439 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

Just ask them to kindly use the door at the rear of the plane this generally shuts people up


Sorry I moved from SXM, looking for a new house on Anguilla now!
User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1626 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

This is where PTV comes into its own - headphones on and ignore!

Failing that, a few swift Jack Daniels and you may enjoy their conversation and perhaps even out-talk them  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3235 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.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineUPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

Yeah, either that or you have some business man next to you trying to show you his "portfolio" and bragging to you how he saved his company so much money by making the deal with the Nestle people.

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3210 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.

User currently offlineDispatch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3198 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....)

Peter


User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3187 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.

~TJ


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3158 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?

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3137 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.

User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3121 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.

~TJ


User currently offlineAirways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3099 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!  Big grin

Michael
http://airsider.net


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16335 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

I once had an encounter with an old lady.

That's really gross man!  Big grin

I was on a TWA 727 from STL to MCO when this nun tried to talk to me about jesus the entire flight.

Just tell her you're a Protestant with a wife, 12 kids & a gay lover. That'll shut her up.

Seriously, I've never had a problem with unnecessary chat. Have something to read in your lap at all times or close your eyes pretending to sleep. Of course being 6-2 with a scowl helps also!  Big thumbs up




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1639 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3070 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!
-N243NW Big grin

[Edited 2003-09-30 22:25:34]


B-52s don't take off. They scare the ground away.
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3042 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!


Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

Hi,
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.
Regards,Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 954 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3009 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$$ Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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.


User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1067 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3002 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.

Dinker



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.
User currently offlineBN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5618 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

TWFirst wrote:
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.

BN747



"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8171 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2941 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
User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2911 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.

EmiratesA345 Yeah sure



You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2883 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.

Jeff


User currently offlineAviatortj From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1838 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

Dont forget the person that falls asleep and starts leaning over to your seat... That is why you should always fly with a friend that can sit next to you.

~TJ


User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

I find a pillow and blanket works wonders... Even if you're not really sleepy.

a.w.


25 Ted747 : Most memorable occasion was on a flight CDG - SIN - SYD which is about 20+ hours. Has this very good looking woman sitting next to me who on boarding
26 Post contains images Superfly : Mutual conversations between two people that are LOUD get on my nerves. I can recall coming home from New York (JFK-SFO) on a UA 767, these two LOUD M
27 ElectraBob : If you are on a flight going to Las Vegas, and the lady sitting next to you tells you that this is her first visit to Vegas, do not - I repeat do not
28 Post contains images IFLYMCO : On my way from LHR-IAD on a United 777 we were seated in the middle section directly in front of 3 small Dutch children and their parents.(I remember
29 Meechy36 : I am a flight attendant and whenever I am scheduled to deadhead I wear street clothes, whenever I do it in uniform the person next to me feels that th
30 Che : Yeah once on an American Eagle ATR. This guy would not shut up about the cost of living in different cities and stuff like that. I was also 13 at time
31 Jafa : Some people keep talking despite the headphones on your head and the book in your hand. If those don't work, its time for the heavy artillery. Grab yo
32 CanadianNorth : I once was going YLW-YVR on the Dash-8, in the window seat there and this guy in a nice suit there sat next to me and started talking about why he was
33 TxAgKuwait : Gee, if airlines didn't assign seats, and you didn't like your seat companion talking all the time, you could just move. But on a more somber note I h
34 Jetjack74 : I have this problem with people hanging around the galley's. And now sinnce the our curtans have been taken from us, they feel the need to talk my ear
35 Type-rated : A long time ago on a RC flight I had a teenage boy sit next to me who had an intense interest in aviation. He started out by telling me everything th
36 Wgw2707 : I do enjoy a good conversation on board an aircraft-I have had several. I can understand however that there could be some circumstances where the pass
37 Jhooper : What really annoys me are when people are talking LOUD, but not to me. Sometimes if they're sitting right behind me, I'll give them a evil glare to cl
38 PER744 : It's worth noting there is one flaw in the 'headphones' plan, which is the time when the use of electronic devices are prohibited. One of my flights l
39 TNboy : Sometimes - quite often - people talk because they are nervous. It doesnt hurt to indulge them for a while - and they are usually not hard to pick. Th
40 Kilavoud : TNboy Very pleasant to read your understanding of human needs, and your logical way to approach people being in distress. It is nice, especially when
41 UPSfueler : Also on a NW flight back in May, we were flying JAX-DTW,then we were to connect in DTW and continue on to MKE. Well we were on a DC-9-51 and we were s
42 Post contains images SRD737NG : The worst is when you are in a middle seat, god for bid, and the people on either side of you are having a stupid, uneducated conversation across your
43 Post contains links Kilavoud : Why not sing ? http://www.georgethorogood.com/discs/lyrics/print_talk.html
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