The biggest asshat I've ever sat next to on a plane
I saw this story on AoSHQ about e-cigarettes and it reminded me of my flight out to Arizona last week. Now let me preface this by saying that I've done a fair amount of air travel, both for business and vacations. I know the drill. Go to the bathroom right before you board, bring something to read, stay awake for the meal and then sleep when you can. Most of all, don't be a jerk to other passengers. This became 10X truer after 9/11. We're all stuck in this tin can for a couple hours so just keep it together.
This was a flight to Las Vegas so it was mostly older travelers but there's always a couple of kids on board (including mine) so it's a good idea to watch your language and demeanor. Not this guy. He was cursing it up with his like-minded dad while he puffed up his head pillow. Vegas, baby! F-yeah! Then he prepared these adhesives to the back of the seat in front of him so he could attach his IPad and watch his own in-flight movies. Ah, very clever, I thought. Then he proceeded to watch parts of "The Departed", "Casino", and one of those "Harold & Kumar" movies, complete with violence and nudity, for all to see from his aisle seat. At least he kept his headphones on so the only profanity you could hear was his personal brand.
Then, THEN, he "lit up" an e-cigarette. I was dumbfounded. Seriously? What the hell is the purpose of that thing other than to draw attention to yourself? The flight attendant came over quickly and told him to put it out. And this jagoff actually said: "Hey, we're all adults here" which is exactly the tagline from the commercial for the Blu e-cigarette. Wow. Like he's striking a blow to the man. Oh well, back to Malin Akerman taking off her shirt.
By the end of the flight, my annoyance had gradually turned to pity. I have never seen a man so needy to show off his testosterone level. His buddies must have caught him flipping through Vogue while eating a cucumber sandwich and watching "Steel Magnolias."
Hey, let's make this a weekend open thread. Anybody have a similar experience? By the way, on the flight back home, I sat next to a quiet guy (an RPI student I think) who placidly read his Mad magazine and occasionally chuckled to himself.