Fidgety Fred goes Flying


Have you ever sat next to a fidget on a flight?  It’s extremely irritating and something that we don’t really want to put up with from another adult at such close quarters.  OK, kids fidget – we know that.  Even then if it is not our child we get annoyed.  Little legs kicking the back of your seat.  Oh yeah!  It sort of sucks out the Mother Theresa part of me and turns me into the Wicked Witch of the West!

So I am interested that there is a movement (excuse the pun) to encourage people to exercise during a flight.  Now I am sure this is very good for you.  I have read articles on the importance of getting up and walking every 30 minutes – as well as drinking a glass of water every 30 minutes to stay hydrated.  I guess the two go together.  The airlines are even now putting some exercises in the seat back pocket so you can keep that blood circulating.  Walking up and down the aisle is fine with me – hopefully the walker is in an aisle seat.  But what about these fidgety recommended exercises –

feet exercise

Well I suppose that is not too intrusive …. but this one made me laugh

raised feet

Good luck with that, unless you happen to be sitting in business class.  And then it just gets silly –

arm exercise

Who let this guy on a flight in his vest????

I have to admit, however, that these fidgety people are absolutely right!   Some airlines agree with that too – China Airlines gets everyone to do some exercises – I think that would break the ice a bit – especially if you were in the middle seat with complete strangers either side.


But how do you feel about this one …. a yoga head stand in her seat on a flight from LA to Cabo

Her flight did look rather empty – but this following very flexible flyer managed to do a whole yoga routine in the aisle on a packed flight.

Well … I would have probably left out the “downward dog” but she is pretty flexible and seems to have entertained everyone!

It seems we all have our different ways for surviving our flights – what’s yours?

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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