This topic hardly ever surfaces.
First I am not the chattiest person, be it inside an aircraft or outside.
Unless a positive situation evolves I can sit next to a pax for a Trans Atlantic crossing and never exchange a word ...
The only recent occasion I chatted to my seat neighbour for a longer time was on a CRJ flying DTW
(I was on a triangular daytrip ATL
, for which it was cheaper to fly to some third airport first rather than to return directly from DTW
The guy (in his early 50's) sitting next to me was afraid of flying (the smaller the aircraft the less comfortable he felt), but was coming back home from visiting his parents (IIRC) in Las Vegas, NV
-MLI is quite a detour, but he was on that flight ...
When we came to the point to what would bring me (as a foreigner) to the Quadcities, I briefly explained that I was on vacationa and flying for pleasure; I also metioned that I have made it a habit, while being on vacation in the U.S., to fly to some place unknown to me and check it out for potential future travel.
But we then quickly moved on to discussing his profession (he was a tool maker making tools for John Deere) and so I helped him to get some welcomed distraction.
EDIT: Added acronym description to MLI
[Edited 2011-11-27 10:54:06]
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !