To ask, to tell or to just do it?
What am I talking about you might ask?
Adjusting Your seat on a plane!
Ask the person behind you if it’s ok to move your seat back?
Do you just tell them you are moving your seat back giving them advanced notice?
Do you just move your seat back and the hell with the consequences?
Tick off the person behind you?
Spill their drink in their lap?
Give them a fat lip since they were leaning over while fishing into their carry-on for ear buds when you moved your seat back?
You know how it goes: your head is still up but your hands are fumbling down under the seat in front of you. Your head and arms don’t all quite fit down over your thighs.
That is unless you have been doing a ton of yoga.
I haven’t given anyone a fat lip OR spilt their drink on them.
I’ve had it all done to me.
Never mind crying babies or unruly children, I haven’t had bad experiences in that respect. I get what it is like to travel with young kids, but I have had what is akin to bodily harm during flights.
Yep, here comes another story.
I’ve asked the person behind me if it’s ok that I move my seat back and was given a dirty look or a reluctant, guilt inducing “go ahead”.
Followed by a Tsk with the tongue.
I’ve also been told, "no problem, move your seat back"..
A few times I have told the person behind me that I’m moving my seat back with varying responses.
And I’ll admit, in the past I just did it.
Some airlines do not let you recline your seat anymore.
Or the seats are fixed in a stick straight, upright position.
WOW! That is SO uncomfortable not only on the long haul, but for the short hop
I’m not in the first class realm.
Don’t pity me. Send me airline miles so I can upgrade
SO NOT KIDDING.
Before our seats got so crammed one on top of the other leaning back did not put you in someone’s lap. (Like the gentleman who is sitting in front of me RIGHT NOW! Or should I say in my lap right now?)
Yes, I’m on a plane to California.
I’m really fortunate that way.
No, I’m not making a zillion dollars writing. Although I do welcome what flows in from “the kindness of strangers".
I have a wonderful husband who is retired and wants to travel while the travelin’s good.
Translation: while we still have our health.
(Back to the whole airplane seat analogy. Although, I’m not sure it IS an analogy.)
At this moment I'm staring at the screen on the back of the seat facing me INCHES away from my face…that’s real life, not a metaphor. At least I don't have to put on my glasses.
Real life is funnier, more outrageous, scarier, kinder, nastier, and more interesting to write about than anything I can concoct in my head.
AND, trust me, my head can concoct a lot!
Today - in front of me - I got a seat in my face, and behind me I got a scowl and attitude.
I didn’t say anything to the gentleman who just shoved his seat back.
Maybe I needed to.
Like- "It would be great if you could have given me some warning." BUT from the looks of it I would have gotten a scowl, attitude and maybe more.
Nonetheless, I did what I thought was the more considerate thing to the passenger behind me and STILL got a scowl and attitude.
So you might say damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
But I’m not going to think like that.
I’m going to to take a screen in the face and still ask the person behind me if I may lean back MY seat.
Someone, at some point, is going to say no, and I’m going to keep my seat upright.
BUT, today’s not that day.
Right now THAT decision feels like PRO-aging.
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