Funniest moment overheard on a plane:
December, 1995. AA
I'm flying non-rev and I'm in First Class. I'm doing the second of the non-rev prayers, which is "please close the door...please close the door..." (the first is "please let me get on...please let me get on..."), and a little old Dominican man gets on.
He's about 75 or so, wearing a guyabera, brown slacks, a brown coat, and the seemingly traditional "Dominican Traveling Hat" which looks like a bowler (my 1/2 Dominican grandfather and all his friends wore 'em!).
So on he comes, and heads back the aisle, eyeing his boarding pass. He pauses at the curtain separating First Class and coach, sees an open First Class seat, and sits down.
Now, the purser is doing his headcount and sees this man, realizing he's doesn't have anyone on his list as occupying that seat. Here's where the hilarity ensues.
Purser: "Sir, could I see your boarding pass, please?"
The purser takes the pass, and sees the seat assignment in the main cabin.
Purser: "Sir, you're seated back this way. Why don't you follow me, and I'll help you to your seat?"
Man (in VERY broken English): Joo no wha happen? I tell yoo wha happen. I get on plen, I see seet all da way back.. I just seet here. I no bother noobody.
Purser (attempting not to laugh): "I'll be happy to help you to your seat. Follow me, ok?"
Man (again, in VERY broken English): Eees ok. I just seet here, no problem, ok?
Purser (still being friendly): "No, I really do need you to come with me."
Man (getting up): "Ok, I say I seet here no problem but yoo wan me to come wit you? Eees fine, I no problem to nobody. Ok...
And the amused purser was finally able to convince him that he couldn't just take any open seat.
I could barely contain myself. That little old man was so funny!
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