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When you fly, do you try to make friends with the person next to you? What’s your best/worst story?

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I got super lucky with a late check in and the agent did me a solid and put me in a row by myself. I was so excited, headphones in, ready for 3 hours of bliss. Then an older woman approached me and said she was being made uncomfortable by a man sitting next to her and asked to sit next to me. He seemed fine to me, he was just a middle aged Latino man.

She then sat down proceeded to start a conversation that I struggled to escape from basically using me as a therapist and telling me overly personal details about her life. I’m overly polite since I’m afraid of being perceived as rude so we just talked for 3 hours.

After the flight landed she said, “I can tell you not a hugger, but I’m going to give you a hug.” Incredibly toxic . 1/10 Do not recommend.

TLDR. Don’t talk to strangers or they might force affection on you.

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You should’ve taken your phone out of your pocket, held it up and told her, “sorry, i have to take this”..and then proceed to close your eyes and sleep

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I usually don’t talk to my seatmates but once I chatted with a man who was building his dream home with his wife; we had similar hobbies (cooking, gardening, carpentry) and the conversation about the building process and finishes selections was so engaging. We had an awesome time. We stayed in touch and I got to see progress pictures of the home, and on another business trip a few years later, he brought his wife and my husband and I met them for dinner and saw the finished pictures of the home, etc. and had a lovely evening.

Worst story: an entire lifetime ago, before I was married, a guy connected with me on a flight based on our matching company luggage tags. It was fun for a few weeks but long dramatic story short it turns out he had lady friends like me in various cities and was a pathological liar about it all. After that there was radio silence for many many years, but one day he came up in conversation and the story ends where I find out he was cast on a reality show and not just any reality show, but possibly the best one if you want a laugh at the expense of someone who has wronged you: that one where people are naked for weeks in the jungle and have to survive.

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Hell no I did not watch it. The trailer was enough for me.

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One time a 10 sat next to me and I did everything possible to completely ignore her so I didn’t annoy her with my presence

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I’m at booz and I concur. Such a booz response 😂

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PSA: if a girl puts her AirPods in when you sit down next to her, she DOESN’T WANT TO TALK TO YOU :)

Sincerely,

Girls on Planes

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Nope… It means she’s playing hard to get

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Lady next to me was a flight attendant, friends with the working first class flight attendant. We had 4-5 drinks during a 2 hour flight. When we landed I offered to give them a ride since I had a black car. Ended up stopping at their place, they got changed, and then we took the car to my place and went out with my friends and me.

Y’all really ought to try talking just a little to the person next to you…

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I recently sat next to a very large woman, must have had some kind of a disorder, wheelchair, barely mobile. She fell asleep on top of me right away, there was nothing I could do really. The flight attendant came over to see if she was still alive—no joke. I did not have a chance to ask her if she was in the windmill industry.

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Most memorable was on one of my first domestic flights in America. A man introduced himself gregariously, talks about his daughter's recent divorce, his various health ailments, declares me to be his best friend when I buy him a drink, and invites me multiple times to his family BBQ whenever I am in Missouri. Flight lands, he is immediately on his phone, says "well good-bye now", and disappears.

I was 100% certain he didn't even remember my name, and to me that made a very American interaction even more American.

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I would rather talk about the weather than my health or religious faith, or one of my relatives’ divorce. These are not topics I discuss lightly, and definitely not in public. Truth is, I’d rather be left alone by complete strangers while sitting in an overpacked metal tube, but you do you I guess.

If you are looking for conversation ideas to kill time, I suggest any of the following:
- where they’re from (you can then add something about how you went there on a school trip, etc)
- what brings them to [place]
- how long are they staying in [place]
- while they’re here, they should definitely see [local attraction]
- do they have any other trips planned
- do they travel a lot for work
- do they have pets

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Nope, I cultivated a vague look of hostility to dissuade any engagement.

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Otherwise known as “resting SM face”

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I am usually friendly with anyone in my
path, and share my snacks with seat mates. I’ve also offered my help to mothers traveling alone with kids, I walked a crying baby on an international flight and the plane thanked me :)

Worst experience was flight to Orlando, full of kids. I was stuck by the window, next to a large child that was wiping a lot of thick mucus on their arms, and then licking it. I kept gagging, I had tears. I couldn’t get out of the seat bc their father was extremely obese and felt bad disturbing him. Flight was fully booked.

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The apple didn’t fall far from the tree… 🤮

Well, found my SO that way and yes we are still together after 6 years.

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Wait what you guys getting hitched too

Unless they’re 75+ years old, no one wants you to talk to them on the plane. People try to be nice since they can’t move away

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Newark to Atlanta on a late Sunday evening. Flight was empty. I started this conversation with a girl on the aisle. Middle seat was open. Bought her a drink and we had a nice chat. Got her phone number and ended up hooking up two nights later and that was it.

This is when I was young and good-looking. Now I’m fat and a dad

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Same here on the fat dad part.

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Drank with the person next to me and his friends. Randomly saw them at a bar crawl a few days later in a country we didn’t even land in and immediately drank several rounds of shots together. By far my most memorable flight.

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Someone once traded my economy seat for their business class upgraded one so they could sit with their girlfriend or whoever. Got there, ended up getting drunk on bottom shelf scotch with a retired Hawaiian shirt dude that was flying all over via points. He shared his strategy, something about rotating airline credit cards in a clever way, but I was having too good a time to remember it.

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Damn I can’t imagine anyone, much less a significant other, leaving a business class seat to sit w me in economy 😂

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Once got into a conversation with this guy who was really conservative (American, as am I) and we got into a lengthy discussion about gun laws. I am liberal / progressive leaning but we just took a stance of trying to understand each others perspective. Was actually really productive. He had a wife with a small child and a baby on the way. Was really good until I couldn't find my phone at the end of the flight so he offered to call it and then tried to flirt with me/get me to send nudes on Snapchat after 🤦🏼‍♀️

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So it goes yknow. Not as bad as the time I turned around and told these guys they were "making me want to punch myself in the face" in a transatlantic flight because they were being drunk, loud, rude to the air host and loudly and crudely talking about women in a gross way. Turned out at the end of the flight I knew one of the guys from college

Earbuds in, eyes closed.

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I always do because I’m talkative.
Best story: flew first class from Orlando to NYC. By the time lunch was being served, the woman next to me was trying to set me up with her son. Did not end up with her son, but she still emails me from time to time inviting me to come visit. 😂
Worst story: was flying from London to DC and the older guy in the seat next to me spilled his champagne on my lap before we had even left the gate. He then proceeded to try to ask me on a date at the end of the flight. I did not go on said date.

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Plot twist: the guy was the son. He stopped relying on his mom and took matters into his own hands

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I sat next to this sweet old guy once and he was telling me all about his son's recent startup that was starting to get a lot of traction called WeWork. It was cool following that company's expansion then over the years.

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That's dope.

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I have two really good ones.
1. I was the first seat in coach, aisle bulkhead, and Kenny Gamble of Gable and Huff architects of the Philadelphia Sound (I believe they wrote and produced Love Train) sat in the last seat on the aisle in first class. We chatted during 2 hour flight. Most awesome.

2. A older woman sat next to me and it was her fist flight. She was terrified and it was a flight filled with bad weather and turbulence.
She held my hand and we had vodka tonics. Once we landed I walked her to baggage claim and waited with her until her son collected her. She tired to put Hundo in my hand…I refused. I got a big hug and kiss from her and thanks from her son.

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my parents are older, I want someone to look out for them. Plus, it isn’t hard to be kind.

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These are so good. I am already sleep 3min after boarding, so no cool stories here… i dont care at what time the flight is, how long the flight is, number of kids crying, anything… i will fall asleep

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When I fly, I usually fall asleep and so I never make friends…. Probably explains why I also don’t have any friends when not flying. 🥺

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Same 🤣

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Usually no, but once I talked to this ergonomic specialist about the power of standing desks for exercise and focus and wound up writing an article about it

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/those-you-still-sitting-work-jon-heinrich

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I am convinced. Will buy one

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