Yesterday I wrote about a man who didn’t have patience waiting for a flight attendant to collect his meal tray. He simply dropped it in the aisle so he could close his tray table.
Reader Chuck H. thinks he has that beat. He shares a recent 6 hour flight where a passenger on the other side of the aisle from him spent “hour after hour” doing something that either resembles exercising or practicing having sex (with himself?):
Ultimately flying has become very small-d democratic. On the one hand that means more people can travel, and since flying is safer than most other forms of transportation bringing people off of buses and into planes is a great stride for public safety.
It’s also why the economics of travel have changed so that it makes sense for airlines to squeeze comfort and amenity out of coach class, appealing to the broadest possible mass of traveler.
At the same time planes are full with huddled masses of all sorts bringing their personal baggage, their behaviors and preferences, into a small metal tube that mixes us all together. That’s great for diversity, not so great for social cohesion, but amazing for people watching.