I’ve got to admire people for trying…but here’s a hint: snoring is generally a turnoff.
There was a young woman sitting across the aisle from me on my flight to London last week. She was traveling alone and good looking. A man who looked to be about twice her age was sitting in the row in front of her. It’s winter, flights are not full, and this flight went out with most of economy class open and several seats in business class unoccupied.
The man started chatting her up, moving back a row to sit next to her. The usual small talk. Where you heading? Why London? What do you do? And the lady seemed to be humoring him. Maybe they hit it off, maybe they did not…but it appeared they were enjoying the conversation. Throw in a few rounds of drinks and the mood loosened quite a bit.
With the meal service complete, the cabin lights were dimmed. Both reclined their seats into lie-flat mode. While the woman watched a movie, the man quickly fell asleep.
And snored like a jackhammer!
I snickered because I could see the disgust in her face. She put on noise cancelling headphones and tried to watch her movie, but kept looking over at the guy, occasionally shaking her head. Thankfully, I was able to fall asleep; I don’t know if she was.
When the lights were turned up for breakfast, the two said little else. Maybe it was the effects of the alcohol, but she no longer appeared in a talkative mood.
I’ll admit to be mildly amused by all of this playing out across the row from me. I tried to zone out, but it is difficult in a small cabin, especially when I also had an open seat next to me.
So kudos to the guy for trying…it take a certain chutzpah to talk up a person half your age. But the snoring, my dear fellow. That’s a dealbreaker.
image: stock photo from United, not one of the passengers in question!