Airplanes get you to where you want to be, quickly and efficiently- but the normally comfortable journey sometimes gets ruined by other passengers who make it a point to make travel hell.
The recent video that went viral was of a woman fat shaming two men who she had to sit in between on a United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Newark.
She was quoted saying, “Oh my goodness, I don’t know how I’m going to do this for the next four hours. This is just impossible ‘cos they’re squishing me,”.
She did not even think she was wrong. She proudly announced that she ate salad and even though she wasn’t politically correct, there was no reason for her to sit between two pigs.
Here are a few common situations and how to deal with them without creating a hull and cry.
1. SMELLY FEET or SMELLY FOOD:
Unwashed socks can do that! And while you might not think to bring aboard food that can stink up a closed space, a lot of people don’t think too much before packing in some fish.
If the stench has the possibility of dissipating if the bag is closed – then that is your option. Politely ask the passenger if they can close the bag or eat at the gallery of the plane. If the smell doesn’t go away, take the opportunity to stretch your legs and walk around until it’s bearable.
Carry around a tube of freshener that will instantly have you feeling better,
2. FEET ON YOUR SEAT OR MANSPREADING:
Some people find it acceptable to wedge their feet in between someone else’s seat or spread their legs out so much that the passenger next seat is uncomfortable or a kid who just loves kicking seats.
If it’s a kid, politely ask the parents to get them to stop. In the other two situations, request the perpetrator to kindly stop as it is making you uncomfortable and only if they don’t listen, call for a cabin crew intervention.
3. FULL OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT:
What do you do when the whole compartment overhead where you wanted to keep your bag is full? Just keep it under your seat – because yes, that’s an option. It is also much safer since it’s closer to you.
If you need to keep it overhead, keep it in another compartment but towards whichever exit you take, that way you won’t hider the exit flow.