It’s no secret that flying these days can be stressful – I have written about this in the past. However the more I fly the more I realise that a lot of this seemingly anti-social behaviour is really not at all intentional. Having thought about that I guess maybe some of my habits might be annoying to my fellow passengers. Here’s just a few things I have noticed….
THE TOUCH SCREEN
Who thought of this stupid idea? Remember the days when you had the remote in your arm rest? Now you have to press the screen which, let me tell you, is not that sensitive to your touch. On my flight from Calgary to Ottawa on Wednesday mine didn’t work at all. It would pull up the menu and then when I wanted to select one of the options nothing would happen. It was stuck I guess. But I did wonder if I wasn’t tapping the screen in the right way. Everyone else’s screens were working. Not a problem – I had a good book and sat back in my seat to enjoy 3 hours of uninterrupted quality time. So in a way it had a happy ending.
(Just stop it already … tap tap tap)
Except….on my way back to Calgary the person behind me was obviously having the same touch screen problem. So I was subjected to 15 to 20 minutes of hard tap tap tapping on the back of my seat while the person finally accepted that – yep – they were not going to be watching that film after all. I was annoyed at first and then I remembered my own situation. Did I annoy the person in front of me then? Takes two to tango.
I usually end up in a window seat and on a sunny day sometimes will need to pull down the blind if I want to watch a film. Then I will decide to open up the blind to see where we are …. blinding glare of sunshine. So down goes the blind again. Am I annoying the person next to me? Well actually the person next to me is usually my husband so I guess I have that certificate that says
(a) I can annoy him whenever I want
(b) nothing I could ever do would annoy him
But it did give me pause for thought as to my own behaviour.
THE WIND TUNNEL
Otherwise known as the germ blaster. In some of the planes that still have that individual device over your head how about when you want the “fresh” air but don’t want it blowing on your face – so you leave it on full and then direct it away from you. What about the poor soul in front or next to you who is getting the full blast of the air. Well here again it could be my husband …. (shame) but what a pain to have to turn around and say to the person behind you “Do you mind moving the air from blowing on my neck?” You would probably get a dirty look for that.
So I guess the rule is to do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. And I personally have taken note of that too. (Just hope the touch screen works on my next flight).