Travelling…just when I hear the word I already get excited! There is a hint of adventure, excitement, something new… Where will I go? What will happen?
It is not as much travelling but more the people you observe at the airport and mainly in the plane. The stories, which occur and of which, some will be remembered forever and some will be forgotten a couple of minutes after their occurrence.
To start off with: Well, usually you know where you will go. You would assume so, although I got once in awhile the odd question from my seat neighbour in the plane flying to Istanbul “Are you flying to Istanbul as well?” Hmm…well yeah I am not planning on jumping in the near future out of the plane but my usual response was a polite “Yes”. I wonder how long it took that person to understand that it was not one of the smartest question for a direct flight?
On one of my business trips, a colleague of mine wanted to ensure that he had enough legroom and therefore asked to be seated at the emergency exit seats. It is quite popular with some, but not that much with the ladies, since we have to put our bags up. Which female would like to give up voluntarily our Mary Poppin’s bag (http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Mary_Poppins_(film)). Anyways, going back to the story: he asked for the seats at the emergency exit. The response from the check in counter personnel was “Sorry, but this plane does not have emergency exits”. His response was “I really hope that is not true”. What she meant was that the aircraft was too small, therefore there were no emergency exits located in the middle of the aircraft. But I fondly remember the moment when the people nearby heard this conversation and literally froze for a couple of seconds. It was hilarious! You should have been there!
One of my favourite plane happenings was regarding three people. Two beautiful women entered the airplane and sat next to this man, who had his seat in the middle. One lady was located to his left and the other one to his right. Soon after sitting down they started chatting and laughing (a bit of flirting included). The man seemed particularly happy and probably felt very lucky.). About 15 minutes after the plane took off the ladies got plane sick…. First, the one on the right and then the one on the left threw up into the sick bag. But obviously not wanting to give up on the entertainment they tried to entertain the man in the middle. Laughing and throwing up. Ah well, not so lucky anymore Mister are you then!
As bad as the plane sickness is, I think the worse group are the people, who are afraid of flying. Their fear is contagious to the non scared once. You know what I am talking about! The one, who panics about not hearing the landing gear coming out right before landing. The one, who constantly looks outside of the window, in a hectic way. (Yeah, you won’t see angels flying around). A (male) family friend of ours, who is very scared of flying held the hand of his seat (female) neighbour for the entire flight of 10 hours. After landing he left with a “Thank you” and was never to be seen again. At least not by her. That is probably one way of coping with it!
Dear Readers, I will be looking forward to seeing your travel anecdotes below at the comment section. Although, I have concentrated on flight travels, I would be looking forward to any other occurrences with any other means of travel.