Flying can bring on an array of emotions that we weren't expecting. Some people are nervous, anxious, exhausted, stressed, the works. After all, being throttled through the air 30,000 feet above the ground is a scary thing to think about... especially for those who get anxious easily. On top of all that, there's one additional thing when it comes to flying that can be the most annoying of all: irritating flight passengers.
There are people who want nothing more than to talk to the people next to them. And while that's very sweet and harmless, not every passenger wants to chat. Some just want to mind their business, watch their movie, listen to their music, and land safely. So the next time you're flying high and come across an annoying seatmate, think of these 10 tips.
10 HEADPHONES ARE KEY
If there's one thing you should always bring on a flight, it's headphones. Headphones are the perfect excuse not to talk to someone. You can seriously have them in (not connected to anything) and people won't talk to you. They get it.
On a plane, someone with headphones in means they already have their minds made up. They're going to watch a movie, listen to some music, or use them to cancel out the white noise. Regardless, when someone has earphones in, most people back off.
9 DIVE INTO A GOOD BOOK
Most people understand not to interrupt someone who is deeply entrenched in a book. No one wants to be the person to make a person lose their spot or come out of the magic that the book has put them into.
However, if someone is being too talkative on the flight, simply pull out your book and say it was nice talking to them but it's time to get some reading done. There's nothing wrong with saying "Okay well, enjoy your flight, I have some reading to catch up on" and doing your own thing.
8 MAKE HINTS ABOUT NOT FEELING WELL
There are thousands of people who get anxious when it comes to flying. In fact, sitting next to someone who isn't anxious is harder to come by.
However, regardless if you really are a nervous flyer or simply don't feel well, telling your seatmate that you're not feeling too hot will make them back off a bit. No one wants to bother someone who's ill. Especially if they could possibly vomit.
7 MENTION HOW YOU CAN'T WAIT TO SLEEP
Getting comfortable enough to sleep on a plane can be pretty challenging. There's limited space, the person in front of you may put their seat back, or there's so much turbulence than you can't relax.
But simply telling the person who's talking your ear off that you can't wait to sleep or that you're "so tired," is enough of a hint to drop. If your seat-mate continues to talk to you as you're resting your eyes, just stop answering. You're trying to rest, after all!
6 ONE-WORD ANSWERS
Some people are friendlier than others. There's no getting around it. Whether you had a long day or are just an introvert, giving one-word answers is a great way of letting your seatmate know that you're not interested in speaking.
You're not asking any personal questions in exchange and you're not being engaging enough to spark another topic, so what else is there to talk about? Nothing! Which means you get to spend the rest of the plane in silence while not being totally offputting.
5 PRETEND TO BE WORKING
The good thing about pretending to work is that the stranger next to you doesn't know if you're working or not. You could be messing around on your iPad or laptop and that's enough of an excuse to have them back off.
If they're super nosey and ask what you're working on, say something really casual and vague like "A lot of stuff. I'm super behind. I'm going to use this plane ride and try to get as much done as I can."
4 LOOK EMOTIONAL
You'll find a lot of sad goodbyes and happy hellos at airports, so it's not uncommon to find someone looking a little emotional on a plane.
Typically, when we see someone who's looking a little emotional on a plane, we give them space or at least ask if they're okay. There aren't too many people who will pry for information after seeing someone who looks down in the dumps.
3 SWITCH ROLES AND BE ANNOYING
I'm not saying to go out of your way and be rude or aggressive with another person; however, asking them equally invasive questions or speaking too loudly is enough to embarrass a person, which could be enough to make them back away.
You could also respond in a way that makes them not want to continue the conversation which is exactly what you wanted to begin with!
2 GO TO THE RESTROOM OFTEN
Going to the bathroom a few too many times is the perfect plan for someone who's sitting in an aisle seat. They can get up and sit down as many times as they please without making a person stand up. Plus, getting up a few too many times to "go to the bathroom" is enough to break up the conversation.
It can make the person forget what they were even talking about and not talk to you by the time you can get back to your seat. This is amplified if you say you're not feeling well, which is why you're taking so many trips to the restroom to begin with.
1 SIMPLY IGNORE THEM, YOU DON'T NEED TO BE NICE TO EVERYONE
This may be hard for some people to understand but you don't need to respond and be nice to everyone. You can simply give one-word answers and close your eyes and not feel the need to respond.
Your personal time is yours and if you're more comfortable staying to yourself and not speaking to strangers, then do what you feel is best! If your seatmate seems offended or doesn't understand your reaction, don't let it bother you because you're probably never going to see them again anyway.