Preparing for a airplane trip can be stressful. There are so many rules to follow when packing and now you’ve waited until the last minute and are scrambling around gathering clothes, electronic gadgets, tickets and whatever else you want to bring with you. To help keep me organized, I have a Microsoft Word document called “Packing List” that I print before my trips longer than a weekend (Sharon still laughs at me for doing this). (Note from Sharon – Well, yeah! I can’t believe that for as often as we travel, you still need a flippin’ list?!?!?! LOLOL!) The first page is mostly clothes and things I’ll tend to forget like an umbrella and backpack. The second page is toiletries and medications. The last page is my final checklist for things I absolutely can’t forget. The final three items on that list are:
Ladies, this is mainly for you, but guys, this actually could potentially help you, too, if you have a manspreader next to you while on a plane.
Manspreading. It’s been happening for eons, but only in the past couple of years did it get a name and even its own Wikipedia page. By definition, “manspreading” is, ‘the practice whereby a man adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat.’ Although manspreading can happen anywhere, it’s a behavior that’s commonly spotted on public transportation.
Why people believe men (and occasionally women) spread is up for debate and hypotheses vary between simple pelvis shape (a man’s pelvis is narrower, which makes spreading more comfortable than keeping his knees closer together), a subconscious sense of wanting empowerment, and just wanting to air things out or show things off. By the way, studies show that our subconscious reactions to manspreading vs. womanspreading are also very different. When males do it [especially when they spread, feet splayed outward and forearms leaning on their thighs], it’s seen as an attempt to look more powerful, manly or macho. For females, it’s considered rude and unladylike.
But whatever the case, when it’s done on a bus or subway, it’s easy enough for people to move or simply just not sit next to the spreader. In fact, some transit authorities have had ad campaigns to “stop the spread” on public transportation:
But if it happens on a plane, the seat mates next to the offending spreader are the ones who have no choice but to grin and bear it.
Or do they?
We’ve all been there. You have a cold or really bad allergies or a sinus or ear infection, you’re on a plane at nearly 35,000 feet and your ears are just about KILLING you. They’re not popping, the pressure is building, you’re afraid you’re going to break an ear drum, and all the gum, candy and swallowing in the world doesn’t help. But there’s nothing you can do except suck it up and accept the pain, right? Wrong.
Heads up y’all…the video in this post is NSFW. Just telling you now.
So apparently there was a flight on Silver Airways and a woman’s parents had the next-to-last row on the plane. I guess they heard or felt something behind them? So they used their phone in selfie mode to videotape what was going on. The got the footage and sent it to their daughter, who tweeted this…
Happy Sunday, friends and for those who are celebrating, Happy Mother’s Day! Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.