Flier Dislikes Chatty, Shutterbug Seatmate

November 29, 2009

in Passenger Stories

I was on a flight from Redmond, Oregon to Phoenix Arizona, happy that I got booked in a window seat. I took my seat next to a nice older lady. We started chatting about what was in the newspaper, and discussing an article about lead in clothing. Then she completely changes the topic and tells me about how she wrote a letter to the editor comparing Michael Phelps and President Obama. I do not like to talk politics with strangers, especially when they disagree with my own views. This lady was definitely against my views, but I kept my mouth shut and just smiled and nodded.

She took a break from talking to me, at which I jumped at this chance to get into my book and listen to my headphones. She was reading a book, but kept looking over and talking to me, so I would pause my music to hear the pointless thing she was saying, just to be polite. After doing this about five times, she finally somewhat left me alone.

As we descended into Phoenix, she took out her camera and was taking pictures of everything! She had been to Phoenix several times before, so I just didn’t get why she was blocking the window to take at least thirty pictures of plateau after plateau (you’ve seen one, you’ve seem em all!).

We finally landed (after her making some know it all comment about the traffic pattern we did), and as I stood up in the aisle, I realize she had been in my seat the whole time. But frankly, that was okay with me, as I probably wouldn’t have been too thrilled with her leaning over me to take her pictures.

Not exactly the flight from hell, but she certainly made it feel much longer than the 2 1/2 hours it was.

And to top it all off, her letter to the editor made it into the newspaper later that week.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

N759 November 30, 2009 at 6:50 am

This doesn't sound bad at all. In talking to her at the beginning, you opened yourself up to her wanting to chat with you throughout the flight. She can't be expected to know that you disagree with what she said.

And as for the photos, what's the harm if she wanted to take pictures out the window? Unless you wanted to look out the window at the plateaus? But then again "you've seen one, you've seen 'em all," right?

Sounds to me like you just want to complain but have nothing reasonable to complain about.


Captain Art Griego November 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Dear Window Seat Lover,

You sound like you're almost wishing you actually had something real to complain about. Sure, chatty Kathy may have been a nuisance, but just be thankful your pilot didn't do a Greg Lougainis into the side of one of those rugged Arizona plateaus.

GOD bless you-

Captain Art Griego


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