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Who's the worst person you have sat next to on a plane?

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1. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 10y

I remember on a flight with Philippine Airlines from Gatwick to Melbourne, via, FRA, BKK, MNL and SYD we sat at on the plane at gatwick really hung over and not looking forward to our trip when a very chirpy looking happy smiley girl walked up the aisle! We just knew it, she was smiling and saying "hi" to everyone, she sat right next to us and burst into conversation!

The flight was full, maybe she was getting off in FRA, Oh no, she was with us all the way - all we wanted to d owas sleep and get over the night before. No chance, even when we were asleep, she would prod us in our sides and tell us another story of how she met someone and slept with them...

The flight was full, we were two, there was no getting out of it. Even when we tried to have a private conversation, she joined in!

I also sat next to a Nun once, as much as she was not annoying herself, the book I was reading had a few smutty parts in it, I quickly turned the pages incase she saw the words - i had to start again n the return flight!

Any other horror stories to share?

2. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

MY GOSH... how annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't really ever had to sit next to many pain in the @r$e$ its mainly just babies crying and stuff like that... its so unfair on customers who pay good money for their tickets

3. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Hi Guys,
I used to do a lot of flying within the UK. As a result I've sat next to (mostly Brit Celebs(ish) so apologies to those of you not from the UK)

Paddy Ashdown (Ex- SAS),
Alistair Darling (MP),
Richard Whitely (RIP) a la Countdown!
Travis (The whole Band having just been on TFI Friday :)
Alan Davis (Going to do Edinburgh Fringe)

The Above people were all nice enough and polite (Especially liked Richard Whitely aka Countdown! Sadly he's Dead now... but a really nice polite chap!) Travis were all drunk (but funny with it)

However, I also sat next to Michael Barrymore on a flight from London City to Glasgow...

He was drunk, abnoxious, rude and arrogant.
He was drinking from his own bottle of JD on the flight and told the stewardess to "F*ck Off" when she asked him to put it away as you weren't allowed to drink you own liquor on the flight!
An absolute tw*t of a man and I always feel sorry that it wasn't him face down in his swimming pool! Harsh I know... but that's the way I feel


4. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 10y

It was July/August 06(i can't remember which month i've travelled so much this year)

I was coming back from Palermo(Sicily)and just b4 boarding my Partner noticed Carluccio(Antonio)this big restaurateur Guy that owns quite a few restaurants,Cafes&Shops in various places in the UK...(Look up Carluccio then click on Antonio in Google,you guys will c his ugly face)And i said it can't b him,i couldn't believe it cuz this was Ryanair(i know there's nothing wrong with Ryanair)but i just thought to myself that a guy like this one would have travelled in his own private jet....with all the money he extortion people from with his expensive restaurans&various places....I used to kill my partner for him to take me to his restaurant in Covent Garden(Central London)then he finally did,a Tru Gentleman that he is,biggest mistake ever,for all the money he took from us the quality of food was Average to Normal,nothing extravagant...(Do not go there) unless you want to throw your money from the window)Anyway coming back,he gave the poor Ryanair staff hell and i mean Tru Hell,throwing his high Importance self around...I wrote to the Customer Services to praise the Staff& also said that if ever they received a letter from this Stupid Guy to throw it in the bin where it belongs...And out of nowhere,they wrote back saying that they appreciate my writing a (Thank You)letter to the staff.

I have a Big Support For All The People Who Are In Customer Services...Unless You Truly Have A Serious Issue,Just Appreciate What People Are Doing For You....

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

My worst plane companion was a chatty turk on my flight from Germany to Antalya in Dec 2004. His German was bad and his English not much better, yet he insisted on communicating with me. Worse, he was unwashed, reeked of garlic and tried to clumsily charm his way into my pants.

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

worst was sleezy guy who hadn't washed in months who kept trying to hug me or accidently brush past my chest and on top of all that i was wearing a loose top as i'd been badly burnt and had severe blisters bursting on my back , it was the ride from hell, the air stewards were really nice and tried to move my seat but the flight was full so i ended up in the jump seat (it was a few years ago so less health & safety rules)....

7. Posted by bagpuss34 (Budding Member 52 posts) 10y

When i was flying back from laos to bangkok i say next to this guy who was sweating loads... he was ok looking...but boasted about his money and pad way to much.. then when dinner turned up he just said he was gonna be sick and darted off to loos.,... i had to sit next to him sweating, smelling of sick and going on about himself way too much...well boring..thank god it was an internal flight and was for one hour only!!

8. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

I hate sitin next to overweight people, have a ton of stories of sittin next to smelly fat guys who snore or get food all over the place or never get up a single time during a flight so you can get up and stretch and go the bathroom.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I'm knocking on wood - so far I've been pretty lucky. There were a couple of loud people around me and one family that played musical chairs the whole 7-hour flight, but I can't say I've had any really awful people as plane partners. The worst was probably the time Neal and I flew to London after he'd had WAY too much to drink the night before. He snored the whole way and smelled like stale beer.

10. Posted by jey (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

We flew to Tampa from Gatwick last November on a BA flight, we were seated at the rear of the plane unfortunately but worse was this guy sat on the end who was the most miserable arrogant old fart we have ever met, it was a pain asking to be excused when we wanted to get up out of the seats to go to the loo or just to stretch our legs, he grunted,huffed,puffed and slammed the table back in place, I felt like giving him a mouthfull of abuse when we ended the journey as it was so uncomfortable for us.But I didn't bring myself down to his level!! Even the people sat behind said I hope he isn't staying in the same place as us.

Why do people act so rude if they are spoken to politely and friendly!!!!!