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Old 12-02-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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If someone is sitting in the aisle seat on an Commercial Airplane are they entitled to any personal space from people standing in the aisle next to them?

Here is my story:

I am sitting in the aisle seat on a wide body plane in a row of two people. The person sitting next to me is a stranger. A friend of his comes over to the area we are sitting in and stands next to me in the aisle and starts a long conversation with the man who is sitting next to me who is sitting in the window seat. The man standing in the aisle is inches from me and has his hands on my seat and is talking over me to speak to the man sitting next to me in the window seat.

I told him a number of times to move on and said he was being rude invading my person space. I was ignored repeatedly.

Who was wrong in this situation, the man standing next to me for an hour or me?
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Elbow him in the gnards by "accident".
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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All it would have taken is a push of the attendant call button. I can't believe that people don't know how to stand up for themselves.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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The guy WAS rude .. and you allowed it to go on .. I would have gotten loud being trapped like that .. ..
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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If he ignored me, I would have gotton the flight attendants attention.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I wouldn't want his groin in my face either.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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If he was ignoring you, I would imagine you weren't saying it forcefully enough. I'm never going advocate getting physical but I would be very forceful in telling him to get away from me, if that didn't work I would certainly call the flight attendant. You weren't wrong for being annoyed, but obviously you didn't handle it that well.
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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One approach would have been to ask where his seat was and if it was one you wouldn't have minded moving to, suggest that you exchange seats so he could be near his friend.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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One approach would have been to ask where his seat was and if it was one you wouldn't have minded moving to, suggest that you exchange seats so he could be near his friend.
That's what I would have done too!
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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I would have told a flight attendant that he was disturbing you and that you also felt it was a danger to you because he was leaning over you and in the event of sudden turbulence, you could get hurt by his flying body. Remember the airline always recommends you keep your seat belt fastened as much as possible unless you get up to go to the bathroom. Standing for an hour is a lot more than going to the bathroom. I'm sure the flight attendant would have done something if you raised an issue of feeling unsafe, because safety is their #1 job.
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