"At this time, make sure your seat back and tray tables are in their full upright and locked position."
Just do it?
And WHAT would that be, you might ask?
Adjusting your seat on a plane!
I fly A LOT for business and for pleasure.
I find airline travel today to be amusing and annoying.
I imagine I am not in the minority.
Here is a little ditty for you to ponder when it comes to airline travel:
Do you ask the person behind you if it’s ok to recline your seat?
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
Tick off the person behind you?
Spill their drink in their lap?
Give them a fat lip in the process because they are leaning over fishing into their carry-on for their 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. Both your head and arms don’t quite fit down over your thighs under the seat (that is unless you have been doing a ton of yoga).
How do I know all of this?
I haven’t given anyone a fat lip OR spilled their drink on them.
I’ve had it all done to me.
I’ve also asked the person behind me if it’s ok to recline my seat back and been met with a dirty look OR a reluctant, guilt-inducing “TSK” with their tongue against the roof of the mouth, followed by an indignant “go ahead”.
I’ve also been told with a smile, “No problem, move your seat back”.
A few times I've told the person behind me that I’m moving my seat back with negligible responses.
And a few times, I'll admit, I just did it.
That was before the seats were crammed one on top of the other and leaning back did not put you in someone’s lap.
(Case in point: the very large gentleman sitting 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 and “the kindness of strangers.”
I have a wonderful husband who is retired and wants to travel while the travelin’s good.
Translation: do it as long as we are ready, willing and ABLE. (I highly recommend it if at all possible.)
I digress - back to the whole airplane seat analogy.
I’m not sure it IS an analogy, because I'm staring at the screen on the back of my neighbor's seat inches away from my face, SOOOO I’m thinking it’s real life.
Admittedly, real life is funnier, more outrageous, scarier, kinder, nastier, and more interesting to write about than anything I can concoct in my head.
And I can concoct in my head with the best of them!
Today, in front of me, I got a seat in the face and behind me I got a scowl and attitude.
I didn’t say anything to the gentleman who shoved his seat back.
Maybe I needed to.
Like: "it would be great if you could have given me some warning before you catapulted your seat back." From the looks of it I would have gotten a scowl and attitude.
Nonetheless, I did what I thought was the more considerate thing to the person behind me and STILL got a scowl and attitude.
(Honestly, put a crying child near me. I can make silly faces and play peekaboo and more often than not get them to stop crying; both the child and the parent. Yes, I hear the nods of agreement out there.)
You might say damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
But I’m not going to.
I’m going to take a screen in the face and still ask the person behind me if I can tilt my seat back.
Someone, at some point, is going to say no, and I’m going to keep my seat upright.
...today’s not that day.
(Insert Cheshire Cat grin here.)
As always, thanks for reading.
See you again next week!