The Monster in 16E
By Josh Simons on Sep 30, 2007
I flew today from Boston to SFO for Sun's Innovation@Sun conference, which starts tomorrow evening. I was happy to get an aisle exit row seat in the Premier section, but not so happy with the traveler in 16E, the seat next to mine. John, a 14-year-old boy, was traveling with his brother and parents. Brother James took the window seat, John was next to me, and their parents had the window and middle seats across the aisle from us.
I think John asked me what time it was at least eight times before the flight took off. And then he asked me to explain the rules of sudoku. And then he tried to convince me of the importance of having Jesus in my life. He was fairly persistent on this last point until his brother told him to knock it off, and I told him he shouldn't talk religion at someone if they weren't interested.For awhile he had both feet propped up on the back of the seat in front of him, near the air phone. When I pointed out that he was annoying the man in that seat, he did move his feet and apologize. He wasn't a bad kid, just a very curious and hyperactive one, except for the proselytizing.
He was polite to the United flight attendants each time he summoned them with the call button. He used that button more on that one flight than I have had cause to use it in over a dozen years of business travel. I lost track after awhile, but I think he used it at least seven times.
One might ask what his parents were doing through all of this. Enjoying the peace and quiet on the other side of the aisle so far as I could tell...