Plane friends

I was recently on a plane to Poland.

I managed to squeeze my large, most likely ‘illegally sized handbag for a budget airline’ under the seat and waited for the inflight emergency procedures to lull me to sleep, however a conversation kept drawing me back to consciousness.

You see there was a young 25-year-old British lad keen to make friends with his Polish window seat neighbour, and he wasn’t going to accept silence as his companion for the trip.

Row 19

So here’s what I found out.

  • He worked in Leeds for six years before moving to Balham London in December 2015.
  • He worked in sales for a financial company (it was a drag, but a job!), had at least one brother and was planning of getting his Irish passport, as his ancestors were Irish!
  • It was his first trip to Poland (he was on a mates stag do) but his polish friend had given him heaps of hints and tips.
  • The stags were scattered around the flight, but unfortunately they weren’t all sitting together as they hadn’t checked in together.
  • He’d been to Austria in the last year, and really thought that it would be a bad idea for the UK to leave the EU.

Incredibly, despite the intricate life details I managed to jot down, I did not catch his name. I named him Brian. Brian from Britain.

A few hours passed and a few power naps were had (by me) but I’m happy to say that by the end of the flight, the three people in row 19 were all best friends.

Brian had managed to include British Girl in seat C in the remaining conversations. They were showing each other photographs of their families, swapping hints and tips and wishing each other a good Easter.

As the plane slowed and people started to take their bags from the overhead locker before the seat belt signs were turned off, the row 19 partnership dissolved. They each found their bags and ran out of conversation as they stood waiting for the front doors to open.

Plane seat neighbours are sometime just like disposable razors – a necessity of holidays, really useful in the beginning, become blunt and painful, are discarded quite quickly and replaced on the next trip.


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