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Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Another flying adventure..."'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Monday)

"Guest-blogger Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst N.Y. and has worked in the ophthalmology field of medicine for over 30 years..." She talks about her recent flying adventure, all we can say is have a safe flight home... Enjoy...

Flying on a plane can be an eventful or uneventful experience. These days most airlines pack a plane with passengers so it is unlikely that you will have an empty seat between you and the other person. Recently flying from Buffalo to L.A. we chose to fly Southwest for their economical flight.

My husband and I always pick an Aisle seat across from each other for easy access and more room; our flight left Buffalo at 7am; grabbing a breakfast sandwich on the way to the airport, we were ready to fly the no frills airline. As soon as we took off, the stewardess offered us peanuts, pretzels and drinks. I knew I would be in trouble as soon as the guy next to me ordered two bloody marries and no food to start out with. Keep in mind, its 7:30 am and we have started the drinking already. Turns out his wife was sitting in front of him since they boarded late and had to take the empty seat available. She started drinking her breakfast as well. After a few hours, he began to get squirmy and edgy and ordered a couple more beers this time around, Still no food, just booze.

We had to change planes in Las Vegas and once again my husband and I sat across from each other. Again the plane was packed and a nice young woman took the window seat across from me, leaving the middle open between us. We hoped for it to be empty but no luck again. This time a middle aged Casanova decided to plunk himself down next to her; it didn't take long for him to get the skinny on her and try and be impressive at the same time. Although he was told she had children and a fiancé, it discouraged him little. At first it was comical and then it turned to be obnoxious; could this young woman not see through his array of attempts to impress her. The worst part was he began to cough and sneeze a lot and without covering his face. I had to make a 90 degree turn, put my feet in the isle so as not to face forward and try not to catch what he was sharing. I could not wait for that plane to land and jump out of my seat.

To add to the enjoyment, I think the pilot was training his co pilot to land the plane because on a beautiful sunny day this plane took forever to make its landing, weaving and dipping all the way to the ground…I had my little white paper bag ready just in case. Needless to say, we landed safely and I am now enjoying the warm sunny weather in L.A.

Another flying adventure to check off; hope the flight home is totally uneventful and peaceful but I have a feeling it won’t be.

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KimoRosen said...

Yea, I always wind up with the kid kicking my seat and the fattest smelliest person sitting next to me. One of the many reasons I have not traveled anywhere on plane in over 6 years, and I live on an island.

Anonymous said...

Jacob Whitehead said via facebook;"I hate flying...its such a pain in the ass!"

KimoRosen said...

I'm stuck on an island, with no ferry service, so If I go anywhere I need to fly, and I too do not enjoy flying.. It's not like the good old days when they treated everyone like royalty when you flew.