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What's your weirdest seat-mate behavior?

What's your weirdest seat-mate behavior?

Old Jun 6, 18, 9:25 am
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What's your weirdest seat-mate behavior?

I'll start. Transatlantic 8 hour flight, daytime, Business class. I'm in the window. This guy gets on last, seems wired, talks very loudly, moves everyone's overhead stuff around, drinks copiously, has verbal diarrhea (seemed like one female FA switched places with a male FA to avoid his constant verbal bids for attention), flips his light on and off about every five or ten minutes, gets up and down at least as often, but, here's the kicker, after dinner (non-stop bids for attention/discussion with FA and switched wine etc), takes out a nail file and files his nails, holding his hands high up in front of him, for TWENTY minutes, stopping every now and then to ostentatiously blow nail dust either at me, or at the guy across the aisle, who sighs loudly and holds up his blanket to avoid it. I help up my hands to keep it off my face and focus on the movie. Which is how I know how long he was doing it for, because my arms ached. Seriously, I suppose you can put all the hyperactive physical and verbal tics down to whatever (although the light on and off was bizarre, I was in the lie-flat position and realized I can sleep with the other person's light on or off, but the constant switching is an issue). However surely that level of personal grooming at your seat is unhygienic and just plain rude?

I wished a FA might say something, but fat chance, they just rushed past as fast as they could, no doubt to avoid his attentional demands. I should have said something, I know, I just didn't want to engage or give fire air.

Go on then, what's your worst?
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Old Jun 6, 18, 9:31 am
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Guy across the aisle this morning shaving at his seat was interesting.

The guy who I watched spit used gum into the overhead bin a few years back was pretty awesome, too.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 9:44 am
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I sense a new game in the making. Start displaying unusual behavior on flights to see if you can get a FTer to post about it...
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Old Jun 6, 18, 9:48 am
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Guy looking at porn images was pretty creepy.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 9:52 am
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Old Jun 6, 18, 10:07 am
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Over the years there have been plenty I was not pleased with..but here are my top 3:

3: The "Come To Jesus" guy. I knew I was in trouble when he asked if I "heard the good news?". Tried to shut him down with a blunt declaration that I wouldn't be chatting, but he kept on proselytizing. Moved seats in mid-flight, back a good number of rows. Luckily it was the 90's and flights were not totally full so I could do it.

2: LH, FRA-YYZ, also in the 90's. Indian gentleman asks me if I can get him a job in Canada, then proceeds to beat up on his wife.

1: Posted about this guy before...sitting in domestic F on USAirways. During boarding a uniformed soldier comes on board. Seat mate leans over to me and says "Why don't you offer him your F seat?". I respond with "Why don't you offer YOURS?". Guy got infuriated at the mere suggestion, and grumbled about how disrespectful and unpatriotic I was for a good portion of the flight.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 10:13 am
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Seatmate next to me in business class picks his teeth with toothpicks and then places the said used toothpicks in the console divider table between our seats.

He then collects the earwax from his ears with cotton swabs and places said used cotton swabs in the console divider table between our seats. His earwax flakes end up on the console.

Finger lickin' good.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 11:33 am
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I've posted about several of mine before.

One was the guy who spent an inordinate amount of time telling me how the emergency exit row was the best because there was room to put your dinner tray on the floor after meal service. He urged me to try it, and I told him I was perfectly comfortable waiting for the flight attendant to take it. I then excused myself to go to the lav and came back to find my dinner tray on the floor.

That was a flight to Dublin. On the return flight I was next to a guy who was some motivational speaker coming back from a retreat in India. He repeatedly urged me to listen to his speeches (which he was also listening to) on one ear of his earbud. I managed to dodge that but then at the end of the flight he invited me to come to one of his speeches/retreats then happened casually drop that he lives in some kind of commune with another family where they all raise one another's children. Yeah, he was probably a cult leader.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 12:56 pm
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Two stick out for repeated offences rather than just the odd weird thing...

1) Flying United in F domestically quite a few years back now....at boarding my seatmate asked for a "mimosa, because I'm in first class and a friend told me to order one". We had an extended taxi out to the runway because of snow and she got a small pillow and took a nap on the console between the seats with her greasy, scraggly hair falling into my lap. When in the air she decided to sleep post meal service by putting one bare foot on top of the seat in front, then another onto the console between the seats in front. After complaining that the my windowshades were open preventing her from watching the film she then proceeded to put the headphones on and pull a kind of fleece hat thing down over her face anyway. Other inflight entertainment options included picking individual hairs out from her head and eating. Even United's catering doesn't cause people to stoop to such lows.

2) I didn't know who they were at the time but Priyanka Chopra and co-star from her TV show, Alan Powell, were on an AA flight from CLT-JFK in F with my wife and I few months ago.The FA hadn't got around to serving PDBs yet and he flagged the FA down for a red wine. She then gave the FA a really hard time in the name of safety about the cabin lights shortly after takeoff and she called the FA a "dick" and said "he thinks owns this plane". Then as soon as the cabin lights were fully down she turned on all the overhead lights at their seats and was talking so loudly the whole FC cabin could probably hear what they were talking about. They then spent most of the flight sharing ONE window seat (this was a 757 with the B/E Diamonds) canoodling, which afterwards I found a little surprising because he is married to his highschool sweetheart according to his website! I was sat across the aisle so it was pretty much right in front of me. At JFK they were met by what I assume was Five Star Service as the agent was talking about how she'd just reached out to their limo driver. I only found out who they were when the Indian lady who was sat in front of them rushed up beside me on the walk out of the terminal....I'd seen her reach over the seat and shake hands with said actress at boarding so I asked who they were. My wife commented how rude she was and the lady responded, "yes, I was disappointed too". Some UN Goodwill Ambassador she is
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Old Jun 6, 18, 1:16 pm
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Me at the window, squished in by a large guy in the middle seat who uncapped an empty Mountain Dew bottle and proceeded to spit huge gobfuls of chaw into it. For three hours.
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Old Jun 6, 18, 2:54 pm
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OP's mate sounds like a nervous/drunk/figiddy flyer all combined.

The weirdest one for me maybe was flying on Aeromexico red eye, this kid in the window seat (not really a kid, maybe 18-20) with an Abuelita in the aisle just takes off his tank top and proceeds to sit there shirtless. This was before take off. I can honestly say I've never seen that before or since. It was super weird. The fabric of the seats (IIRC faux leather) wouldn't even feel good on your skin. The flight attendant came by maybe 10 minutes later and asked him to put it back on, which he did without arguing, but he gave her this look like "I don't see a problem here".
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Old Jun 6, 18, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Shombolar View Post
Me at the window, squished in by a large guy in the middle seat who uncapped an empty Mountain Dew bottle and proceeded to spit huge gobfuls of chaw into it. For three hours.
Holy crap - this happened to me too on a YYZ YVR (transcon) in Y... so just over four hours! I was at a window seat, dude was in middle seat spitting away all flight... It was nasty as nasty can be. Plus there was this nasty smell. He was from SC or GA (forgot exactly where other in that geographical area) and was on his way to Japan... that was his first time to anywhere outside dueling banjos territory...
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:11 pm
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people who think riding on the airplane is swiping right on tinder
> is this your first time in lisbon?
> how long are you gonna be here for?
> wanna hang out?
> where are you staying?
> where are you going after we land?
> what places are you visiting? when?
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by samwise6222 View Post
people who think riding on the airplane is swiping right on tinder
> where are you staying?
> where are you going after we land?
> what places are you visiting? when?
At least they didn't say "we" instead of "you".
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Old Jun 6, 18, 4:23 pm
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I had a well dressed male seatmate in domestic F on a late night flight. Must have been a transcon flight. He was the most heavy duty booger boy Iíve ever come across. He was two knuckles deep, spelunking for precious jewels of boogerdum. This wasnít a 10 second hit and run, but many minutes long on each nostril. Over 20 minutes, and wasnít trying to hide the activity at all.
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