Loud Passenger Prevents Sleep

July 23, 2010

in Passenger Stories

I was recently returning to Jacksonville, Florida from Kansas City, Missouri after an extended weekend where I was a co-hostess for my sister’s baby shower. Needless to say, I was exhausted.

The first leg of my flight was from KC to Ft. Lauderdale. Flying Southwest and lucky enough to have an A boarding pass, I chose the very back row. As the plane continued to fill, the aisle seat on my row was taken by a young lady leaving the middle seat open. Finally the last 2 people got on board. They appeared to be traveling together, and the gentleman took the available seat in my row. His companion, a woman, found an empty seat in the row in front of me. During takeoff, the gentleman asked the other girl in our row to switch with his companion once we reached cruising altitude so they could work. She, of course, agreed.

The lady moves back to my row, on the aisle seat, and proceeds to be so loud I cannot rest. I cannot even hear what he is saying to her, but I can hear EVERY WORD this lady is saying. I tried to tune her out. That didn’t work. I pulled out my phone (in airport mode, of course) and started watching a movie with my headphones in and could STILL hear her. It was awful. I was so looking forward to several solid hours of sleep.

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Dina July 25, 2010 at 12:10 pm

This is why I bring earplugs with me whenever I have a flight that I want to get anything resembling sleep on. Even if it's not a chatty seatmate, I seem to be a magnet for squalling babies…


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