But for a small group, the trip will turn out to be a nightmare. And it has nothing to do with weather delays or bad airline food.
These few unlucky travelers will have the unfortunate luck of being stuck for hours next to somebody with maybe bad body odor, or somebody who is too fat to fit in their seat or maybe that person who just won't shut up no matter what you do.
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Don't Offend the Fat Guy
James Miles, of The Woodlands, Texas, encountered a passenger who might have been better of purchasing two seats on a flight from Newark to Houston.
"A huge fellow pushed his way through everyone and boarded first with the gate agent's approval. Sure enough, when my wife and I got to our assigned seats, there he was, right in 19A with us in 19B and 19C. Needless to say: My wife had no room because his guy had lifted the arm rest and proceeded to encroach into 19B," Miles said.
So what do you in this situation? Miles sought out the flight attendant who asked Miles to be quiet so "I don't offend him."
"After some yelling and several threats the flight attendant started moving people around until she found a small child traveling with his parents to set next to this guy," Miles recalled. "My wife and I were split up and the small boy's parents were also moved to give 'the fat guy' a seat and a half."
Threatening to Throw Up
Jason Jacobson, of Minneapolis, was on a Northwest flight home from Paris about 14 years ago when a fellow flier decided to ignore the no smoking sign.
"But I remember like it was yesterday," he said. "Shortly after take-off a British man across the aisle from me pulled a cigarette out of his pocket. The man on the other side of him gently said, 'You can't smoke on this flight; I already asked.'"
But it didn't end there. The smoker explained to a flight attendant that he had purchased his ticket with KLM, which is a codeshare partner with Northwest and back in the day KLM still allowed smoking on flights. But as a U.S. airline, smoking was prohibited on Northwest.
"He then got quite angry, and asked her how she'd like it if he got drunk and threw-up all over the aisle. Would she prefer cleaning that up to smelling cigarette smoke? She calmly reminded him that she did not make the rule and that he simply could not smoke," Jacobson recalled.
The smoker however didn't quite give up there. He ordered a drink, drank it and after a while, pulled his pack of cigarettes out again. He then put an entire cigarette in his mouth and formed a little, crude wad of chew in his lip and spat in his empty drink cup. He repeated this until the pack of cigarettes was gone.
"By the end of the flight, the cup was filled to the rim with brown spit/chewed up cigarettes," Jacobson said. "He hid it from final trash collection, and then inserted it into the air sickness bag, sealed the bag, squeezed the bag so as to break the plastic cup on the inside, and then inserted the flattened bag back inside the seat back between the in-flight magazines."
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