Who Did You Sit Next To On The Airplane Last Time?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Why do I always have to pull the short straw every time I fly?  Especially at this time of year when some people who, under normal circumstances, would be too sick to get out of bed.  I know many of these people have had their travel arrangements scheduled way in advance for the holidays.  But, does that mean that the rest of us have to suffer?  It never fails.  I get stuck sitting next to Typhoid Mary or Larry – the ones who sound like they are going to cough up a lung at any moment during the flight.  I don't get it ... why don't people wear masks if they are sick?  I’ve witnessed other cultures that promote the wearing of masks while suffering an illness.  Why don’t we promote that more often here?  It just seems like common sense – and a basic common courtesy.

Also, can you please clip your nails before you leave for the airport?  Yep ... sat next to this little charmer on a recent flight too.  Why would someone wait until boarding an airplane to pull out the nail clippers?  Ewww!  Is it really necessary to do that right at this moment?  Can’t you just read a magazine like the rest of us?  I mean, I’ve seen people do some weird things on an airplane.  But, trust me -- it's just not necessary to gross out your seatmates when you travel.  Again, a little common sense and some basic common courtesy.

So, this is what I would love to say to those particular passengers right now.  Give your fellow passengers a break!  If you feel you must get on an airplane when you should really be at the emergency room, can't you please just wear a mask?  No one wants to catch your cooties.  And, if you feel the sudden urge to give yourself a manicure at some point during the flight, can you please work on a Sudoku puzzle instead?  Over-3-ounce fluid containers are not the only things that should be banned from in-flight travel.

Phew ... I feel better already!

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Andrew Capelli
Hoover Elementary - Hazel Park, MI

Carie: I had to laugh- The last time I flew I was so relieved not to be next to the only infant on board, only to end up next to a woman who coughed the whole flight as if she had the bubonic plague (and the baby slept like- well- a baby)!  Thanks for sharing!  :)

Jan 04, 2012 02:40 AM #1
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Andrew:  I know ... it seems like you can never win :)

Jan 04, 2012 02:59 AM #2
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

I understand that as a Realtor I'm supposed to ALWAYS want to talk but airplanes are one place I do not. I don't know how I could have made this any more obvious to the people next to me on the last two flights I've taken but they didn't get the hint. Drove me nuts.

I have to admit I have painted my nails on a flight before... now that you mention the clipping I wonder if the person next to me thought I was equally as rude? Eeek!

Jan 04, 2012 03:16 AM #3
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Margie:  A chatty seatmate when you don't feel like talking ... yes, that's painful :)

Jan 04, 2012 03:46 AM #4
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