It Can’t Be Just Me

I’ve been flying a lot lately. I don’t love it, but I’m used to it and will do it with minimal complaining.

It’s not news to anyone that airlines have been contracting their schedules, which means every leg of every flight is overflowing. Usually.

Today I flew in my customary window seat. A woman came and took the middle seat. And I rejoiced when I saw that the person with the aisle seat was a no show.

Guess what the middle seat woman did.

Nothing.

Nothing.

She stayed in the middle seat.

I think that is BIZARRE behavior. Who does that? Who would ever do that?

Is she a robot? A freak? A demon?

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33 responses to this post.

  1. Who does that? Who would ever do that?
    A robot. A freak. A demon.
    It’s like those people who forego every single empty stall in the ladies room only to pick the one next to the one you’re using. Cretins.

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  2. Who does that? Who would ever do that?
    A robot. A freak. A demon.
    It’s like those people who forego every single empty stall in the ladies room only to pick the one next to the one you’re using. Cretins.

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    • Yes! You just want to cry, “Why!? Why are you next to me?”
      In our new bathroom at work the stalls have super-huge doors that go down to about two inches off the ground. Which I guess is nice, except that now you can’t tell which ones are occupied. So you have to randomly gently push on them to find one that’s free. And that’s not terribly comfortable for anyone.

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    • Yes! You just want to cry, “Why!? Why are you next to me?”
      In our new bathroom at work the stalls have super-huge doors that go down to about two inches off the ground. Which I guess is nice, except that now you can’t tell which ones are occupied. So you have to randomly gently push on them to find one that’s free. And that’s not terribly comfortable for anyone.

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  3. Who does that? Who would ever do that?
    A robot. A freak. A demon.
    It’s like those people who forego every single empty stall in the ladies room only to pick the one next to the one you’re using. Cretins.

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  4. Maybe she was hoping to pick you up.

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  5. Maybe she was hoping to pick you up.

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  6. Maybe she was hoping to pick you up.

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  7. Oooooh…do you think she knew she was sitting beside a butt model?

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  8. Jillian’s a butt model? Have I missed something?

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  9. Why didn’t you ask her if she would be willing to sit in the aisle seat? Maybe she doesn’t fly much and she didn’t know you could do that.

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  10. Why didn’t you ask her if she would be willing to sit in the aisle seat? Maybe she doesn’t fly much and she didn’t know you could do that.

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    • That’s what I was thinking. Sometimes you have to tell people the door is unlocked; they won’t always think to try the knob.

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    • That’s what I was thinking. Sometimes you have to tell people the door is unlocked; they won’t always think to try the knob.

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    • It’s a reasonable question. And it did occur to me that maybe she was new to flying.
      But here’s the thing: I don’t start conversations with my seat mates on airplanes if it can at all be avoided. I’ve learned to my regret that a simple “hello” or an instance of eye contact can be interpreted as “Please talk to me through this entire flight.” I don’t like to talk to strangers in almost any context, and certainly not while wedged between them and the plane window.
      The couple next to me on last week’s flight from San Jose were returning from a Jehova’s Witness conference. My policy is a good one, and it held them off for at least half the flight.

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    • It’s a reasonable question. And it did occur to me that maybe she was new to flying.
      But here’s the thing: I don’t start conversations with my seat mates on airplanes if it can at all be avoided. I’ve learned to my regret that a simple “hello” or an instance of eye contact can be interpreted as “Please talk to me through this entire flight.” I don’t like to talk to strangers in almost any context, and certainly not while wedged between them and the plane window.
      The couple next to me on last week’s flight from San Jose were returning from a Jehova’s Witness conference. My policy is a good one, and it held them off for at least half the flight.

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  11. Why didn’t you ask her if she would be willing to sit in the aisle seat? Maybe she doesn’t fly much and she didn’t know you could do that.

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  12. Our Jillian certainly is a butt model.

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  13. That’s weird behavior, but if she were a man it would be downright creepy.

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  14. That’s weird behavior, but if she were a man it would be downright creepy.

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  15. That’s weird behavior, but if she were a man it would be downright creepy.

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  16. That’s what I was thinking. Sometimes you have to tell people the door is unlocked; they won’t always think to try the knob.

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  17. Yes! You just want to cry, “Why!? Why are you next to me?”
    In our new bathroom at work the stalls have super-huge doors that go down to about two inches off the ground. Which I guess is nice, except that now you can’t tell which ones are occupied. So you have to randomly gently push on them to find one that’s free. And that’s not terribly comfortable for anyone.

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  18. I wondered, actually.

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  19. It’s a reasonable question. And it did occur to me that maybe she was new to flying.
    But here’s the thing: I don’t start conversations with my seat mates on airplanes if it can at all be avoided. I’ve learned to my regret that a simple “hello” or an instance of eye contact can be interpreted as “Please talk to me through this entire flight.” I don’t like to talk to strangers in almost any context, and certainly not while wedged between them and the plane window.
    The couple next to me on last week’s flight from San Jose were returning from a Jehova’s Witness conference. My policy is a good one, and it held them off for at least half the flight.

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