We all know to maintain civility; it is best not to discuss religion or politics with strangers. I thought everyone knows this. In this political climate civility seems to have taken a hike and took with it polite conversation.
Recently I was on a cross-country flight on a packed plane. My middle seatmate was a woman a few years my junior. She started a conversation with me on politics. I wear earplugs on flights and do not try to engage my seatmates other than pleasantries. Reading is something I enjoy on a plane. An aisle seat is my preferred seat because I get up often and try to disturb few people as possible. That said, my seatmate insisted on being a political chatterbox.
My expressing conversational terminating sentences like ”Wonderful to live in a democracy that we all are entitled to our opinions”, or “Yes we all have our opinions”, I think irritated her! Haven’t we all met the type of person who has to have everyone agree with whatever it is they are saying? This was my seatmate!
The woman seated in the window seat I noticed was sleeping or giving a good imitation of sleeping. It was obvious she was not getting involved with middle seat woman.
I tried the honest approach. I took out my earplugs, and told her I really wanted to read my book and not engage in conversation. You would have thought I called her some very bad names! She was outraged.
Then I started to laugh.
I told her I caught on to her attempt to get out of the middle seat. I told her,
“Nice Try”! I told her “Trying to make me feel uncomfortable so I would ask the flight attendant for another seat won’t work but I admire your ingenuity”.
After that she settled down to just a few grumblings the last 3 hours of the flight.
I would like a check box when making airline seat reservations asking:
- Do you plan to talk the entire flight?
- Will you be argumentative to your seat mates?
- Is getting drunk your plan on your flight?
- Will you be getting up often and do not have an aisle seat?
Do you have airline seat mate stories to share?