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Flying Is An Adventure

Posted by Peter Post  July 30, 2013 07:00 AM

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We’ve all seen them, those crazy stories in the sidebars of internet news pages. Recently, I was reading a story online when I noticed a list of “More from CNN Video” which included:

  • Diver: I saw two mountains in the water
  • Neighbor tipped off police to smell
  • The woman Anthony Weiner was sexting
  • Crocodile bites down onto trainer’s head
  • Airline passenger gets TOO comfortable

“What crazy thing has happened on an airplane now?” I thought to myself as I skipped over the possibility of seeing the person Anthony Weiner was sexting.

People do some amazing things on airplanes. It turns out a woman sat down in a seat next to a man and quite quickly not just nodded off, but her head landed in his lap.


He tried getting her to sit back up. No luck. So of course he did the next best thing: he filmed a video of the situation with his phone, maybe to prove it really happened or maybe to see how many views he could get because he posted the video on YouTube. Somehow the video made its way from YouTube to CNN. It turns out that after a few attempts to get her out of his lap he finally succeeded. She solved the problem for him by promptly tilting over into the lap of the guy on her other side.

With all the time in the world to think about it, my Monday morning quarterback decision would be to push the call button and get a flight attendant to help get the lady out of my lap and recline her seat so she could continue her nap without spending the flight in my lap.

Flying is an adventure for sure. It used to be glamorous. Passengers dressed up, flight attendants served mini but elegant meals with real cutlery and cloth napkins, and Pan Am would make up your berth for your overnight flight. Not so today – where the closest thing to a berth is the lap next door. What stories do you have about the unbelievable, amazing things you’ve seen airline passengers do? Leave your story in a comment below.

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Since 2004, Peter Post has tackled readers' questions in The Boston Sunday Globe's weekly business etiquette advice column, Etiquette at Work. Post is the co-author of "The Etiquette Advantage in Business" and conducts business etiquette seminars across the country. In October 2003 his book "Essential Manners For Men" was released and quickly became a New York Times best seller. He is also the author of "Essential Manners for Couples," "Playing Through–A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Golf," and co-author of "A Wedding Like No Other." Post is Emily Post's great-grandson. His media appearances include "CBS Sunday Morning," CBS's "The Early Show," NBC's "Today," ABC's "Good Morning America," and "Fox News."

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