You know that annoying dude who won’t shut up on your long-haul flight or falls asleep and their head flops near to your shoulder.
No, it’s not me, and by the way I’ve noticed you’ve been getting a wee bit bold.
Well, the answer is an aisle seat.
I won’t go into the tale of the Californian woman sat in the middle seat next to me from Dublin to LA.
And who discovered while we were still on the runway that I too was a writer.
She hadn’t worked out though that it might not be a great idea to eat the eggs in the concourse.
And I’ll get onto that in another Holidos and Don’ts and why you’re better off with AerClub www.aerlingus.com.
But ten minutes into the nine-hour flight.
And while I was just getting into Laurel And Hardy on the infotainment than she was only passing me her bag of sick.
Now I’m not saying that that wouldn’t have happened if I’d been in an aisle seat.
Although she would have turned to the middle-seat passenger.
But I would have been able to alert the steward earlier.
Fair play to the Aer Lingus crew though who granted my request to get moved to another seat.
And who looked after the poor woman royally and provided a wheelchair for her when we got to LAX Airport.
The kicker was, I suppose, that I got food poisoning too in LA.
The old aisle seat will also allow you first access to the steward when they are serving up the food.
You won’t have your neighbour stretching over you, and you might be asleep.
Ditto when you, or they, want to get to the toilet.
Back to that California trip and I had a whole day wiped out, and the chance to go to Warner Bros Studios Hollywood https://www.wbstudiotour.com and sit in Sheldon’s seat.
Though thankfully they recreated the Big Bang Theory lounge set on the plaza in Anaheim at the American Travel Fair www.ipw.com.
For more California adventures visit www.visitcalifornia.com and here are my adventures in the Golden State…