• Airplane annoyances: The chatty neighbor in 26B

    One of these people could end up sitting next to you, and not by the kind of person you'd like to see in the seat next to you. (Photo by Robert Couse-Baker)

    One of these people could end up sitting next to you, and not be the kind of person you’d like to see in the seat next to you. (Photo by Robert Couse-Baker)

    Dominique Betancourt
    There seems to be one of them on every flight. Maybe it’s their first time flying, maybe it’s their 100th — but they’re always there. The Chatty Neighbor.

    If you’re reading this and thinking “I love to talk on planes,” please read on and allow me share what your “neighbor” might be thinking.

    A plane might seem like a great place to make friends, because we are packed in more closely than any bar you’ve ever been to. We share everything from an arm rest to foot space to actual air. And although we may collaborate on passing drinks and getting up for the restroom, it doesn’t mean I want to chat.

    I, for one, am uncomfortable as we share space in this sardine can 30,000 feet in the air.  Some of the signals I put out that I don’t want to chat range from really big headphones (thank you Beats!), to sleep masks, intense phone usage, reading books or my Kindle.  Yet people still have this need to talk, and unfortunately there is nowhere to go. I think Patrick Stewart did a nice job illustrating how we all feel sitting next to a “Chatty Charlie.”

     

    We all have our own stories — many of us have had a version of John Candy sitting next to us from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

     

    So what’s your most memorable “chatty neighbor” moment?  I’ll take the good, the bad, and the just-plain-weird!

3 Responsesso far.

  1. Brianna Conway Brianna Conway says:

    It’s bad enough when people take their shoes off on the plane, but I had a gentleman behind me on my flight this morning put his socked-foot ON MY ARM REST! *shudders* Who taught that guy plane etiquette?

  2. Betty Fix says:

    I love the guy standing at the gate for the delayed flight hollering at the flight attendant “do you know who I am???”

  3. Deb Miskell says:

    I am with Brianna, except his feet were bare and he stretched them onto the bulkhead carpeted divider. Need I say disgusting.


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