7 Signs the Airline Passenger Sitting Next to You Is Going to Ruin Your Flight

From long security lines to irritable employees to delayed flights, I can’t think of many experiences more stressful than the airport. Once I pass through TSA hell, I normally make a beeline to my plane and board as early as I can. I view the flight itself as reprieve from life on planet Earth.

I like that cell phone usage isn’t permitted. The airplane is one of the few places I can’t be bothered by my boss, spouse, or kids. That hunk of tin moving at warp speed through the air is my personal oasis. It’s my time to catch up on reading, writing, or, oftentimes, sleep. That is unless I’m sitting next to one of these seven passengers.

He stands up on take-off screaming, “Where am I!”

True story. I was on a flight from Tokyo to New York. As the plane accelerated down the runway, the passenger next to me jumped out of his seat and started screaming, “Where am I!”

I’m not going to lie — I was scared. Was he some sort of terrorist that happened to look like Rick Steves? Eventually, one of the flight attendants risked his own safety to calm the passenger down as the airplane wheels lifted off the ground.

I didn’t catch a wink that entire 12-hour flight. If terrorist Rick Steves acted up again, I was the vigilante ready to take him down.

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“I usually get bumped up to first class. Because of my status, you know.”

Well roll the red carpet down the aisle of the plane! You have airline royalty sitting next to you! If you’re lucky, she’ll probably tell you about her rental car status, preferred hotel loyalty program, and her favorite credit card rewards program. Of course, she has elite status in each, because, well, she’s better than you.

Next, you get to listen to a diatribe about every flight she’s ever been on, which, you already know, is a lot. Consider your flight ruined.

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He has to lift the armrest because he’s too obese to fit in the seat

I know Southwest Airlines has raised some stink from the PC police on their policy to charge someone whom they deem obese for an extra seat. Allow me to be politically incorrect for a moment though. There’s a reason why they have that policy. When the first thing the passenger next to you does is lift the armrest because their side of beef can’t fit in the seat, you’re going to have an uncomfortable flight as you are squeezed into three quarters of the entire seat that you paid for. #truth

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