Heavy Handed

June 3, 2009

in Senior Stories

My husband and I were on an eight hour flight from London to Atlanta. An elderly couple was seated behind us. About 30 minutes into the flight, they began to experiment with the in-seat screens on the back of our seats. They both began playing games, but being inexperienced with touch screens, they didn’t understand a light touch will do the trick. They both spent about five hours pounding the screens every few seconds hard enough to move our seats. I knew I should say something, but they were traveling with several other adults and I didn’t want to create a scene.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

SAW June 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

If you didn't say anything, then you deserved the discomfort There's plenty of ways to politely tell someone without "making a scene".


Hugh June 12, 2009 at 5:43 am

I agree with SAW completely. Nicely asking them to be a bit more gentle isn't making a scene. You chose to live with it, so I don't see as you have room to complain.


G June 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I disagree. I applaud you for not flying off the handle like most people who post stories on here. I assume they chose to live with it because it wasn't worth the hassle dealing with them directly. Isn't this site here so people can complain anyway?


TheBigM June 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Seems to me like SAW fancies himself (or herself) as a be-all end-all authority on flying etiquette.

enough, please.


Anonymous June 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Saw you seem pretty high and mighty.. Your sucha jerk sometimes and need to keep your mouth shut!


the dominator July 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

i completely agree with the last 2 posters thebigm and anonymous. saw, hugh and dermotage are the worst commentators on this site.

arrogant jerks who could use a good session of five across the face therapy.


fander May 30, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hear, hear. Especially annoying are saw and demotage's epic tirades whenever a story about obesity comes up. Yes, being fat sucks and it's a tremendously touchy issue, but flying next to someone whose body mass is more akin to that of a geographical landmark than a human's is usually utter hell for that person's immediate neighbors, end of story.

People aren't coming here to find out what constitutes the definitive "flight from hell," so please stop critiquing each story as if it were vying for such a title. If you can't enjoy this website as just a place to vent and laugh about the international clusterfuck that is travel, please don't make things tiresome for the rest of us.


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