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What would you-person next to you on a plane acting nervous/odd?

 
 
Linkat
 
Reply Mon 13 Dec, 2010 03:10 pm
I had to travel today for work. I got on the plane and a guy was in my seat. I nicely told him that my seat (I'm not sitting in the middle since this seat was reserved a month ago for me).

He apoligizes and moves over. Then I noticed some writing on his hand. He seems all agitated and nervous. I find his blackberry he dropped and this seems to stress him further. He keeps checking his bag under the seat in front of him. He is acting really suspicious.

I start thinking I'm going to let the flight attendant know. It is really beginning to freak me out. I am pondering this in my head and keeping my eye on him (from the corner of my eye of course). We roll out from the gate - I figure it is too late to notify a flight attendant and something keeps me from it. I plan on jumping him or using the point of my shoe to wack in his head if he tries anything.

He keeps reaching into his bag so I blurt out - what do you have in that bag? He says .......a cat! Then we begin talking pets.

Am a paranoid or what - thank goodness I didn't report him - I think he was nervous about his pet.
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Reply Mon 13 Dec, 2010 03:24 pm
hmmm...as far as how I would respond to him being nervous, I guess I'd have to have been there. There's all kinds of nervous
Maybe he was also nervous about flying.

I know several people that just refuse to get on a plane. Also, over the years I've been amazed how many people I've sat next to, that this was his first flight.

A cat?

Was it knocked out? I can't imagine a cat not screaming bloody murder on a plane.

Good question linkat.

Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 13 Dec, 2010 03:31 pm
@chai2,
Well to tell the truth I still kept my eye on him and it did appear as if he was stroking a cat or other small animal. I figured if I chatted with him, I'd get a better sense if he was just a nervous flyer or pet owner rather than a terrorist reaching in his bag to detonate a bomb or something.

Its hard to describe his nervous/odd behavior, but I've not seen anyone act that odd. However, it could have also been my wild imagination.

I asked that too - about the cat. I told him my cats would be freaking out - he said his cat is pretty laid back and has flown with him before - the cat just does not like the subway. He said he was traveling for the holidays and didn't have anyone that could take care of his cat.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 13 Dec, 2010 03:52 pm
@Linkat,
You know, there was a guy I used to see from time to time back around a half century ago. Odd one, he was. He rode a bicycle and carried a shoe box around in the basket. Sometimes, he would reach inside and pet something. I once got a look through the hole, and it looked like a hot water bottle in there. Somehow, this was not as reassuring as you might think.

Moral: if you don't see the cat, you don't know there is a cat.
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