The Flight Passenger

This story is from my first trip to Croatia in December, 2006.

I had just arrived at the Chicago O’Hare Airport and I had quite a few hours before my connecting flight to Frankfurt. It had been 20 years since I had been on a plane and I was impressed that I didn’t have flight sickness or any adverse reactions! I decided to have a light snack and purchased a banana. No biggie, right? Well, my stomach had other plans and I threw the banana back up within 30 minutes.

Eventually the flight boarded and I sat in my assigned seat. A guy close to my age was sitting next to me and struck up a conversation. He was on his way to visit his girlfriend who was studying in Spain. I warned him that I might throw up again and to hope it wasn’t on him. I’m surprised he still sat next to me after I said that because I would probably be freaking out if someone had said that to me!

The flight took off and it wasn’t long before the water in my stomach decided to join the banana. Thank goodness for barf baggies! I really feel bad for Flight Attendants who have to deal with this sort of stuff and worse every day. Those folks are practically saints! The flight attendant was nice and sympathetic and he took my barf away ASAP.

The guy next to me saw that I was doing a crossword puzzle book and made attempts to convert me to sudoku and to convince me sudoku is way better than a crossword puzzle. So not happening. My theory is that sudoku is for people who are good at math and terrible with words, while crossword puzzles are for people who are good with words and terrible at math. I know, it’s probably a flawed and incorrect theory.

Maybe I should have thrown up on him! It might have ended the attempted assimilation much faster! However, I’m too nice and I ended the sudoku conversation by telling him I was going to sleep. That’s when he told me that it was okay to rest my head on his shoulder. I was offended on behalf of his girlfriend, but I held my peace. Who invites random girls to snuggle up to them when they have a girlfriend?

Whether he was just being polite or not I can’t say, but I have a feeling that had I been an old woman or a dude he wouldn’t have made the offer.

Regardless, I declined and decided to snuggle up to the window with my headphones on instead. 🎧


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