“Friendly Guy” Pesters Passenger

May 11, 2010

in Passenger Stories

I was flying from Atlanta to Honolulu in 2005. This was the 4th or 5th trip from the east coast to the Hawaiian Islands that year, so I was not particularly looking forward to the flight. We were delayed an hour at the gate for no particular reason. So when we were seated I was delighted that although I was in the middle row (2-3-2 configuration), I found that I had an empty seat between me and the “gentleman” in the same row. This empty seat, however, didn’t deter him from talking to me in the least.

I quickly made friends with the girl in the aisle seat next to me to keep creepy guy from talking to me. We started down the runway and just as the plane was picking up some good speed we heard a loud explosion. This was followed by a rapid slow down of the airplane and a taxi back to the gate. We had blown an engine on take-off.

Three hours later, we reboard the flight only to find “friendly guy” three sheets to the wind and much more brazen than before. I was repeatedly told how beautiful I was and many other things I can’t repeat in public. I made a dash for the lavs (and to talk to the FA’s) only to see a flight that had no other empty seats. I was stuck. I couldn’t move. I had to sit next to the heavily intoxicated friendly guy. I tried watching a movie only to have him interrupt me. I begged the FA’s to stop serving him alcohol (which they did for a couple hours only to be replaced by more alcohol served by the FAs who had been resting the first half of the flight).

Finally with less than an hour left to the flight they stopped serving him, but by this time he had “fallen asleep” more than once. I beat feet out of that airplane and prayed I would never be next to him again. He was worse than the 5 Japanese men on a flight to Japan (my first time overseas ever and with a severe hangover to boot) who repeatedly told me that I was “cute.” Give me the 5 Japanese men any day!!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

speedy May 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

I take it that either your a girl or creepy guy is gay


Laura May 13, 2010 at 3:28 am

@speedy YOUR a genius, that's not an ESL English mistake.

Getting hit on is a luxury, cherish your good looks. I used to complain about it but then I realized how conceited it made me sound and now I just enjoy the attention quietly.


Bob May 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Laura, are you a hottie?


Dina May 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm


I'm sorry, but if you express to someone that their attention is making you uncomfortable and they still do it? That's harassment in my book. And that applies to people from all genders.


Laura May 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Not a hottie, just an average young lady.

Where did the OP say she told the guy to buzz off? harassment is harassment and if you don't tell people they're bothering you, you can't expect them to stop.


Bob May 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

It just seemed to me that you'd be kind of hot.


Laura May 17, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Well thanks Bob!


Beth July 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

Did you ever bother to tell him to knock it off and if he persisted, you;d call the cops when you landed…?


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