Have you ever been comfortably sitting on a plane, minding your own business when someone asks you to move? Did you do it?
If you did, you probably felt good. Like you’d just done that person and/or their family a favor. If you didn’t, well… the rest of this post is for you.
As my family and I dragged our way to the back of the plane last night, we looked around hopefully. The 3-hour delay had left us cranky and tired. The girls pulled their princess suitcases and fought over ratty haired dolls while Dave and I tried not-so-subtly to make eye contact with potential seat-trading strangers. Our assigned seats were all over the plane, and Zana was already crying at the thought of not sitting with one of us.
People just stared. Most people, anyway. One man did jump up and offer to move saying, “I remember those days!” He even took a middle seat to help us out(thank you, thank you!).
But not everyone was eager to help, including one guy who had the pleasure of sitting next to Zana.
He learned a hard lesson. Since I don’t think anyone else should have to learn this the hard way, I’m going to lay it out for you.
If you’re not nice to traveling families…
1. You might get coughed on. (a lot)
2. You might get kicked. (hard)
3. You might be forced to listen to a very loud rendition of “Let it Go.” (on repeat)
4. You might get sprayed with vomit.
5. You might then be forced to eat your Lunchable while smelling that vomit.
6. You might be referred to as a “magar” (that’s donkey in Albanian) while you’re talked about right in front of your face.
Or if you’re the lucky guy sitting next to Zana during the flight because you wouldn’t change seats… you might just get the grand prize of all of the above!
So what have we learned?
When a family asks you to move so they can sit together, just do it.
And remember… you’re not doing them a favor. You’re doing yourself one.