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In-Flight Delights: Episode 1

It’s pretty amazing the things you see when you travel. That’s the point of traveling right? To see new things, expand your horizons, change your life, yadda yadda yadda, etc. etc. etc.

But on your way to see those amazing things, you also see and hear amazing things. Amazing, as in, like, things that you can’t believe you are seeing or hearing amazing.

I’ve seen and heard my fair share of craziness on the road. So much that I’m going to start a new recurring column on my blog called In-Flight Delights, where I’ll share some of the wild and craziness I experience first hand while on the road.

The first In-Flight Delight happened earlier this summer. I was on an American Airlines 757. I was going from Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Eagle/Vail (EGE).

I’m pretty sure my upgrade had cleared at close to 100 hours before the flight, so I had pretty much my choice of seats. I had chosen 6B, the aisle seat in the last row of first class.

I was one of the last people to board and only had just settled my backpack under the seat in front of me. As I was pulling my iPad out of my backpack, I smiled at the woman sitting in the window seat and noticed she was looking over my shoulder. As I settled back, a man standing in the hallway tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, sir, do you mind switching seats with me so that I can sit with my wife?” First, I’m not old enough to be called sir. Strike one. I asked him where his seat was. The gentleman paused, and said, “It’s an aisle seat too. In row 15.”

Okay, let’s refresh our memory. I was in row 6, the last row of first class. His row is row 15, which surely was not in first class.

I chuckled to myself, as I couldn’t believe someone asked to switch a first class seat for a coach seat. With a straight face. This caught me so off-guard that I responded, “Are you f#&king kidding me? No.” His mouth dropped and he walked off.

Right as I was about to put in my noise-cancelling earbuds, the woman in the window seat turns to me and says, “I can’t believe you won’t let me sit next to my husband.” Really? REALLY? Really.

I asked her, “Why don’t you go ask the person sitting next to your husband if they want to trade with YOU?” And with a straight face, she said to me “But I was the one that was upgraded.”


You can’t compete with stupid people.

So the question is, what would you have done if you were in this situation?

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