Post # 1
I just took a flight – each leg of the trip was about 4 hours. I was travelling with someone and was in the middle seat. On each leg of the trip I wanted to talk to the person sitting next to me. Each seemed interesting in their own right. But, neither really gave me any verbal cues to start a conversation – nor did I, for that matter.
On the trip home, the lady sitting next to me was busy working on her laptop. It was difficult NOT to completely evesdrop on what she was doing and I was completely interested in what she was working on (the topic) yet I didn’t ask anything about what she did or how she got into it. I wish I did – but I assumed she didn’t want to chat…
Just curious how many people really want to chat or how many people just want to be left alone…..
Post # 3
I’m not a very chatty person, and that doesn’t change when I’m on a plane!
Post # 4
It really depends.
For the most part, I probably don’t want to chat.
if I do it’s more of a short pleasant conversation, and then if I have stuff to do/they have stuff to do we are quiet the rest of the flight.
I’d think if someone is actively working, actively reading, or actively watching a movie, that’s a pretty clear sign that says “leave me alone”.
I think with reading/movies you could do a short “what are you reading” or “what are you watching” and “is it good” to gauge the conversation possibilities.
But if someone is working, I’d say that’s pretty much a “don’t talk to me” situation.
Post # 5
To be honest, I really don’t like when people talk to me on planes. I don’t mind small pleasantries (“Going to be a long flight”, etc) but conversations? Not a fan. However, I often fly to African countries and often get drawn into conversations, especially with people going home to visit, and that isn’t the worst.
The last time I flew to NC, I was in between a guy from NC and a woman from Maine, who proceeded to have a conversation around me, trying to include me, about one’s dead daughter and one’s breast cancer recovery. It was so horrifyingly awkward and uncomfortable, with no escape. So I try and get settled in with my book and headphones asap.
Post # 6
I don’t mind 10-15 minutes of chatting but that’s the max, anything beyond that and I get annoyed. I like to sleep or read on the plane and that’s it!
Post # 7
Oh, the last flight I took I got so lucky! I was already seated when this tall, dark, utterly gorgeous hot buff guy sat next to me. Gasp. Gulp. He was totally adorable and turned out was in the Air Force on a flight home from deployment. He was young enough to be my son, probably, but charming, funny and entertaining. Too bad the flight was only two hours, lol. It was a lot of fun talking to him. I usually do talk to the person if they seem interested. Otherwise, nap time.
Post # 8
Depends on how chatty I am and if I feel comfortable chatting with the passenger. Also, the time and duration of the flight. If I’m tired and want to sleep, I won’t be in a talkative mood.
Post # 9
Yes I always want to chat. Unless the person is just super creepy. A conversation makes the time go by faster. And who knows maybe you can meet someone interesting or someone in your profession, etc.
Post # 10
I’ve gotta be honest… it annoys the everloving crap out of me when people next to me try to chat it up on an airplane. I just want to listen to my ipod, take a nap, have an alcoholic drink, or read a book.
Post # 11
That’s actually how my fiance and I met. We were seated next to eachother on flight from Chicago to Denver. We talked the entire flight. The rest is history 🙂
Post # 12
I usually don’t mind. But at the same time, I won’t be the one to start the conversation.
Post # 13
I don’t mind chatting, but I am pretty much never the one to start it. And I don’t like it if I am forced to keep chatting once the conversation has pretty much run its course but the other person doesn’t like silence, or just keeps asking me questions. I travel every week for work (4 planes a week) and have met some really interesting people. But overall I like my reading time, peace, and quiet.
Post # 14
No, I hate when people try to talk to me on planes. I get really snappy when they don’t take the hint, either.
Post # 15
I’ve never flown alone, so I always have a built-in chat partner. Beyond that, I don’t really want to talk to the person on the other side of me (unless maybe it’s to talk about the view or something for 2 minutes).
Post # 16
I hate when I sit next to someone on a plane and it is totally obvious they are just itching to talk to me. I have to pretend I’m super engrossed in my book or passed out to avoid them.