After a lot of writing, and even more deleting, followed by more writing, and more deleting, and too much wondering if I should just forget it all together, I posted the overweight on the airplane article I talked about yesterday. I’ll admit, I’m not entirely thrilled with it, but I did want to give Jeannie a voice. Just wish I could have done a better job….
What I’ve learned about the world working at 35,000 feet is that you can’t please everyone, no matter how hard you try. Another thing I’ve learned is regardless of where people come from or where they are sitting on the airplane, most of them have one thing in common – lack of empathy for their fellow passengers. It seems as if a passenger is not experiencing (or has experienced) something first hand, they have little regard for what other passengers may be experiencing.
Take for instance the last row. It never fails, whenever I’m standing at the back of the airplane watching passengers board, I’ll notice a group of people getting closer and closer to me as they walk down the aisle squinting at the seat numbers on the armrests, and as they get closer and closer I can see the look of horror grow on their face as they realize just how close to the back of the aircraft their seats really are.
“We’re sitting in the last row! (Insert curse word here!)” That’s what I’ll usually hear as they sling their items into the empty overhead bin and slam the mother shut.
Hey, it’s not my fault! Anyways, someone has to sit there, why not you? I mean if it’s not you, who should it be? You do know that people are sitting there when you’re not there, right?
Passengers are always complaining about the bad attitudes of flight attendants, but what I’m sick and tired of are passengers with the same bad attitude. I’m not talking about the way they treat me, I’m talking about the way they treat each other! It’s gotten out of hand. For example, a lot has been written about overweight passengers on the airplane recently and what I find interesting are the comments people have made to these posts. They’re actually quite shocking. Seriously, what is it about the airplane that seems to bring out the worst in people?
One large passenger who is the inspiration behind this post wrote…
To read what Jeannie had to say about being an overweight passenger, go to GALLEY GOSSIP: BE KIND TO YOUR FELLOW PASSENGERS. YES, THAT DOES INCLUDE THE ONES WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT!
Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...