Let me preface this post by saying that perhaps you had to be there to experience the true humor in the situation.
Saturday night I flew home from New York to Burbank on JetBlue. While I normally will choose United for all domestic travel, I just did not feel like transiting from Kennedy to Newark after my Qatar Airways flight.
I boarded the flight and sat down in my seat, thankful that I fully charged my devices since my A320 did not feature any power ports.
All of a sudden an older couple boarded…bickering with one another.
The old man had a tweed coat, ascot hat, and narrow spectacles on. He was carrying a small folding chair along with his luggage. The lady had on blue jeans and a sweater and was carrying a purse about half the size of her body.
Both looked to be in their 80s.
First they fought over their seat (and how he was an idiot for reserving a middle and aisle instead of two aisles across from each other). Next, they fought over who would put the carry-on bag up in the overhead bin (“What do I look like, your servant?”). Finally, they fought over would actually get the aisle seat (he lost).
They were seated right in front of me and during the flight they fought over 1.) whether to purchase buy-on-board food 2.) whether he needed any more liquor and 3.) what TV show to watch (of course they each had their own TV).
It was pathetic. But it was cute. They must have been doing something right because it looked like they had been married for several decades.
But Wait, There’s More!
Meanwhile, another older couple sat next to me. They were quite the team. When the FA arrived with the complimentary snack basket, the lady distracted her while the man took about 10 items. The FA noticed and violently jerked back the snack basket, shaking her head and returning to the galley to restock it.
I was laughing.
Then they ordered drinks. She wanted a cranberry juice, Coca-Cola, coffee and water. He asked for water, Coke, and red wine, which he decided against when the FA told him he had to pay for it.
JetBlue–where senior citizens go to have fun.