Best: In November, 1999, I managed to get an upgrade to business class on a Canadian Airlines 732 with complimentary upgrade coupons. This was on YEG
, and I came across an older man in his 60s stting by the window seat. I asked him if it mettered to him whether he preferred window or aisle seats. He said it didn't matter and decided to move so I could have the window seat, which, like probably most a.net forumers here, is what I prefer. Upon talking to him, I learned that he was a retired pilot who flew mostly 732s for PWA
(Pacific Western Airlines) and later Canadian. We had an interesting conversation most of the way. The lunch was a turkey prsociutto sandwich and I also had a wine and a can of Molson Canadian beer. Despite the flight flying at an unusually low level at FL220, literally right in the clouds and turbulence closer to Vancouver, it was a pleasant flight.
Worst: On an Air Canada 732 also from YEG
on May, 2000, I ended up with a big guy (at least 300 lbs) who sat in the middle seat right next to me. The guy looked well dressed enough with shirt and a sweater, but he had a lot of BO
. I had never smelled anybody who had that much BO
since in the locker rooms during my junior high school years in the mid-1980s. There was no way I could have moved to another seat - the flight was totally full. In fact, it was oversold. The flight ended up being seriously delayed for at least 90 minutes because of ATC problems in Vancouver and that there were a lot of pax with wheelchairs on that flight, including a paraplegic who had a motorized chair. Then redemption came when the FA
announced that because of the flight being oversold, she needed to have a passenger volunteer to give up a seat for another person whose flight was more urgent. Mr. BO
got up and decided to give up his seat. I was so glad when that happened.
I've personally never had any real trouble with kids on flights despite that I've flown on a lot of flights. Probably the worst I've ever had was in business class on an AC
762 from YVR
on July, 2003, as there was a mother with a 2-year old son. The kid was right behind me, and well into the flight after dinner, he started throwing a loud tantrum, probably because he didn't like it when the windows were being shut before the movies were to be shown. The boy also tried to hide under his seat when the FA
tried to help calm him. He did kick my seat a few times although not that hard, but his mother sternly told him to cut it out. And after that, he calmed down and actually slept until landing.
More recently, on an AC
A319 on YEG
in May 2005, I had a Chinese boy about eight years old sit in the middle seat next to me. He turned out to be a very quiet and probably shy kid. But he started to have a terrible earache on descent toards YVR
due to air pressure change - definitely not uncommon in children. The poor kid was crying, but didn't scream or wail and his mom in the aisle seat next to him was trying to comfort him. A male FA
advised that the boy put a napkin over each ear and chew some gum, both methods which helped a bit. I talked with his mom and she said that she and her family were supposed to be connecting to a Cathay Pacific flight to HKG
out of YVR
. She was a pleasant lady and the boy was in no way a real nuisance. This was actually one of the better flights I had involving a child passenger.