This happened about a month ago, but just wanted to share what happened on a certain flight (Rant, if you will).
It was a United flight from RNO
aboard a mainline A319. I was seated in 2C (First). F class was 100% full, Y class was nearly empty at about 15-20%.
This is ALL
about the woman seated in seat 2B directly across from me.
When the FA
came to ask if we wanted a pre departure drink, I accepted and asked for an OJ. When this woman was asked (we'll call her Jane), she asked the FA
if they had water. The FA
said, "yes, of course." Jane then asked if it was bottled, and the FA
said yes once more. Jane THEN asked if they had more than one kind. Now the FA
starts to get kinda like, "What the hell??", and actually says, "No". Jane asked her to bring her a water.
brings her the water, Jane looks at it, SMELLS it, and then says, "I don't want this," and hands it back to the FA
(This is just the start, it gets better).
Later, Janes seatmate arrives and while he is putting his bag in the overhead, Jane leans as FAR
as she could towards the window as if this guy has some disease. When the gentleman, gets in his seat (walking in front of Jane), she scrunches up her face, covers her nose and mouth, and holds her breath. When the man gets to his seat, she says outloud, "Jesus Christ."
Next (there is a young couple and there toddler behind her), the baby is crying but is by no means being disruptive. Just the occasional "wah", no big deal at all. While pushing, Jane turns around and says, "Shut-up." I was shocked. Not very many people heard.
Later during the taxi, she turns around once more, and loudly yells, "Your baby is starting to give US a headache up here." Everyone forward of row 15 heard that including the FA
(who was sitting in a positon that I could see her, but Jane could not). Me and the FA
"talked" using only facial expressions.
We have not even left the ground yet. During the climbout, we hit the usual RNO
bumps, and she starts having some sort of panic attack grabbing the armrests, and moaning. Me and the 6 other F pax got a big kick outa that.
Once we hit cruise, Jane whips out her cell phone, and opens it up, and dials what I assume to be her voicemail. When she was unsucessful, she extends the antenna, and tries again just to fail. She drops a loud and clear F-bomb, and throws her phone back in her purse, gets up and uses the lav.
During this crutial time, the entire F cabin are saying to eachother, "who the hell does this bitch think she is?" And that was the sad reality.
On approach into SFO
, the baby wakes up, and Jane rolls her eyes, and says, "Here we go again."
About 100 feet from touchdown, you will never guess what she does now. She gets in the brace position. We land, full reverse, and she starts rocking back and forth covering her ears.
Once exiting the runway, she gets out of her seat, and stands next to the door...while taxiing. The FA
almost laughing told her she needed to return to her seat. She did, and the minute that plane stopped, she was up, cut in fron of everyone, almost shoved the FA
to the ground and was at the door.
By her actions, would she ever be in danger of being removed from her flight if this is the way she always acts? If I was the Captain, THESE are the people that I would not want on my flight. If the father of that baby had been somebody else (i.e. me), there might have been some problems at 30,000 feet, that Jane brought on. Good thing the father took the high road, I don't think I would be able to contain myself if she had said what she said to me let alone my child. All hell would have broken loose.
Thanks for reading (if you got this far).
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