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I find the best way to shut up a chatty seat mate is start talking about emergency landings that I have experienced. The smell of hydraulic fluids, the crash trucks lining the runways...

Usually takes about 5 minutes.


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Shortly after touching down at LAX, the haughty matron across the aisle from me pops her belt, stands up and begins gathering her assorted crap. The attendant calls out sweetly for every one to remain seated. The old broad sits with a harumph, muttering under her breath, 'Why do they insist on making everyone wait to get off'. As we slow in our approach to the terminal, the hag jumps up, and hits the release on the overhead compartment. Directly overhead. As I fend off the rain of luggage from my head and shoulders, the most solid of the bags just happens to land quite forcefully across the bridge of the bitch's foot. She's now jumping up and down on one foot as I tell her calmly,'That's kinda why they want you to stay seated, ma'am'.
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I am all for the weigh in. Before I had my 2 beautiful daughters I would spend about a month in Canada between May 1st and the end of Sept. on 3-4 fishing trips. A few of these were fly ins on sea planes. We were very restricted on how much weight we could take in and depending on the service they would weigh our bags on the dock. when we packed we would assemble all community gear, tent,food, cooking equipment ect... and then determine how much weight we had left. If it was determined that we each could have 220 lbs total and you weighed 210 you were packing light. I'm 6'1" and weigh 160 holding a watermelon so we usually did not have a problem. One of the last trips I ran was for a good friend of mine and he wanted to take some guys from work. So I gave him the pack list to hand out of what they needed and what they could bring. I developed a list over the years so that four guys did not show up with their own axe, shovel, kitchen sink ect... They all dropped off their gear a week early like they were supposed to so I could check and repack into water proof bags and weigh them. The smallest guy was 6' 245lbs. After some repacking and some double checking of the math, we made it. I have never had a pilot look me in the eye and ask me " Are you sure that these numbers are right?" I almost laughed. We were taking off and landing on some pretty big lakes so we had plenty of runway but the rpms were pretty high when we finally lifted off.
Oh and BTW fifty lbs overweight and a week in the wilderness is not the vacation you might think it is.

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I think brown-shirted guards should separate all the fat people from line and usher them into Boeing 747 cargo planes. You wouldn't even have to provide seating, just pile a small mountain of Pringles, Whoppers and Mountain Dew in the center of the fuselage.

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You might wanna fit cubicles, like for Dairy cows, with that senario, be a terrible pile up on landing otherwise.
Good plan though.
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The irony is for years the airline staff have been referring to the paying customers as SLF (self loading freight).

The solution to the 'chatty' neighbour is to engage anti-social habits such as flatulence or fly F class.

Failing that, just get drunk.

And Difflock, I know how your friend feels, my wife (before we were married) somehow convinced me to fly economy class to the Maldives, we flew First home, say no more



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When you get a passenger sitting next to you who talks garbage all the time, the answer is quite simple. Always carry a copy of the Koranb


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I've done the long-haul London to Sydney about 10 times now. Always in Economy, except once - and that was a Business flight paid for by a relative. The difference between the two was not that noticable to me - 12 hours airborne is a bummer either way.

Back in the 80s & 90s the flights were never full. I used to book a window seat, but before take off I would hop into an empty row of 5 seats and establish my place there. Then I could be sure of a horizontal sleep, and arrive in good shape. It is not possible now though, as all flights are full.
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Are the arm rests not fixed too?
pretty uncomfortable if they are
I have tried
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We'll have some really cranky passengers if they're all struggling to make weight like boxers.
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