The Mentality!

April 25, 2009

in Passenger Stories

I was on a flight returning to Oklahoma City from Dallas one evening and had the misfortune to be facing forward toward the backwards facing seats. Just before the flight doors were closed a woman and her daughter, who had been droning on and on in the airport about how they had spent the entire day at the most exclusive bridal shops in Dallas, boarded.

There were no seats left except the backwards facing seats, which put the mother directly in front of me. She kept trying to shove an oversized bag under her seat. From my vantage point I could see a metal box of some sort, it looked like an emergency kit. So I politely leaned forward and said, “Excuse me, there is something under the seat.” At which point this obnoxious woman screamed, “I paid for this seat!”

I leaned back into my seat shocked at her outburst. She started screaming at me that I needed to get the FA to put my bag in the overhead bin. She was so violent that I decided not to say another word to her. She spent the entire flight (which is thankfully short) carrying on in a loud voice about the poor “mentality” of the air travelling public. I agreed with her; she was the prime example. Over and over she would sigh loudly and exclaim to her daughter about the “mentality.” She then would loudly proclaim that she had paid for her seat and shouldn’t have had to put her bag in the overhead bin.

The man next to me asked quite loudly if it were my bag under her seat. I looked at him smiled and shook my head no. I proceeded to stare at her the entire trip while she ranted about my mentality. When the plane landed I reached under my seat, got my purse and exited the plane. The woman came up behind me and told me that I had forgotten the bag I had put under my seat and that she had thought about not telling me but she was a better person than I. I turned to her and said, “I never had a bag under your seat, it was the airlines. The mentality!” and walked away.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Amit April 20, 2009 at 8:49 am

I would have coaxed her into getting kicked off the plane. Watching inconsiderate people being escorted out by uniformed officers gives me a warm feeling inside.


Nacho April 22, 2009 at 4:45 am

Haha, nice handling of the situation by throwing her words back in her face. Brilliant, I must say.


SamH April 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Those old Southwest Airlines club seats!! Yuck!!

Southwest is a trailer park airline that goes after the low-end clientele. I would rather go Fedex. At least you have a better than even chance of arriving on time.


Rob April 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

How you avoided giving her one magic sleep pill in the cheek I can't understand.

People think that paying money entitles them to whatever their little minds think is appropriate.

I think an anti-rudeness campaign is warranted….I can see it now. Free flights from 35 thousand feet. Here, take this parachute, oops, I meant backpack, and fly to your destiny…


Susan May 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm

good for you! you should have punched that dumb bitch in the face too!


Shamu August 30, 2011 at 3:51 am

Wow I would have told that snob to stick her bags were the sun don't shine


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