Seat 28F, Bound Straight to Hell: How Heightism Really Effects Real People, Like Me!

This is a true story I wrote about my hellish flight back from Newark in December 2009, where heightism reared its ugly head again.  Some of this is passive voice, some of this is present tense.  Not sure, I kind of like the present tense.  I’m trying to bring awareness to an anti-heightism movement.   Unless of course that heightism is being perpetrated against short people.  That’s fine.
Returning home from a glorious trip to New York, I have the usual return-flight-dread as I board the cattle wagon Continental airways from Newark, bound for Seattle.  This is the home leg of a $200 roundtrip ticket.  When I booked the flight I choose the window seat 1 row from the back as it seemed the best available.  Boy was I wrong.

Happier times in NYC before the horrific flight outlined herewith. Heightism is real!


The flight is packed, as evidenced by Continental’s aggressively offering $300 and hotel room if you’d give up your seat.  However, until almost at the time for takeoff, no one has sat in front of me.    

I almost never board early, but had on this trip, and I wait and watch anxiously as people sit down.  Some very tall men approach, but luckily, all take other seats but the one in front of me. 

When I first got to my seat, an older man is sitting in the middle seat waiting for me.  He has very smelly breath, but seems fairly lucid, but also, not.  He is average height and a little overweight (even for an old guy), and he has the armrest down and has instantly decided that we are the bestest of friends.  He shows this friendship by moving his arm all the way over the armrest so that it is nestling into my ribcage. 

He turns and asks innocently enough, “You going to Seattle?”  As this is a Seattle-bound flight my nicest response is a clench-teethed, “Yes,” and an immediate glare at the heavens.  

To be continued…


2 thoughts on “Seat 28F, Bound Straight to Hell: How Heightism Really Effects Real People, Like Me!

  1. Big B May 5, 2010 at 4:07 am Reply

    Dude – been there, done that – I love how in A or F that we have to slightly bend the left or right because our knees hit the seat in front of us and our heads hit the curved roof right above these seats. I want to strangle airplane engineers ASAP.

    • seattlekungfoolery May 5, 2010 at 4:24 am Reply

      Your absolutely right Big-B, in fact I live near-ish to Boeing and will be boycotting buying any planes from them. Damn their cost-benefit analyses!

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