Monthly Archive: October 2014

Some People Just Need A Different Seat in a Big Way

A few days ago I flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington, DC. I was seated in the coach section in a middle seat in the middle of the plane on a sold-out flight. As it turned out, the aisle seat on my right was empty from a no-show passenger. Of course I planned to move to that seat as soon as we were in the air, giving the person next to me and myself more room. As we were taxiing for takeoff, a Chinese woman frantically ran from a middle seat two rows back and jumped into the empty seat next to me. I was stunned and did not say anything until later in the flight, when we exchanged pleasantries. Later I noticed that her passport said People’s Republic of China.