My job involves some travel to facilitate the leadership development series we’re creating. I’m hardly a road warrior at this point in my career, but traveling for work has meant I’ve seen some questionable behavior on planes and in airports. I’m not talking about your baby crying. I’m talking about the kinds of things where you instinctively think “didn’t your mama teach you not to < insert apparently inappropriate behavior>?!”
This one happened to me a few months ago and it’s just too strange to keep to myself. Picture it:
It’s the last flight of the night out to your destination city. You’ve got an isle seat (FTW) and you’re minding your own business. There’s a gentleman, probably mid-thirties, in the window seat next to you watching a movie on his laptop.You have no idea what movie he’s watching, but notice some intense violence each time the screen grabs your attention.
You’re running through your slide deck for the umpteenth time and you’ve got headphones in (no doubt listening to latest styling of Mr. Jay-Z). Suddenly you get that feeling that someone is looking at you.
You turn and the man sitting next to you is sobbing and staring directly at you. That’s right, kids. I’m talking the full Monty, the “lips-quivering-shaking-shoulders-ugly-cry” sobbing. Points at his screen and keeps sobbing, but is staring straight at you while he’s sobbing!
This happened 3 more times during the flight. After the “Are you okay?” what the heck do you say to that? What do you do other than offer a tissue?
Talk about weird. With that in mind, here’s the Travel Etiquette 101 Tip I Never Thought I’d Give:
If your in-flight entertainment of choice is that upsetting, please for the love of God, chose something else. If you’re flying Delta, the latest SkyMall magazine has been provided.
If you insist on your emotionally stirring selection, please don’t stare directly at me and sob 6 inches from my face, stranger! Why didn’t someone tell you NEVER EVER to do that?!
Enough about my cringe-worthy experience, let’s talk about you: What’s the weirdest, strangest, most cringe-worthy experience you’ve had on the road? Leave it in the comments!