Seatmates From Hell: From The Morbidly Obese To A Creepy Doll
Which is worse? Being seated next to someone so big that they spill into your seat or being assigned to a seat next to a creepy doll owned by a middle-aged man who purchased a ticket for his ‘companion.’
Both scenarios were in the news this week, proving that it takes all kinds to fill a plane.
The 1st story is more familiar: an Italian lawyer says he was squeezed out of his EK seat by an overweight flier in the seat next to him. Giorgio Destro claims that he suffered for 9 hr. on a flight from CPT to DXB because of his overweight seatmate.
“For 9 hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free, and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the spillover of the passenger at my side,” he told the Italian newspaper Mattina Padova.
The frequent flier said he asked several hours into the flight if he could change seats but crew was unable to arrange the change as the flight was sold out.
EK has reportedly refused to apologize or compensate him, so Padova is suing for $4,000.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn-based writer Sara Novic took to Twitter to document her experience of travelling next to a man and his toy friend, who is reportedly called Barbara.
The unlikely couple were apparently on their way to Kentucky to visit a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark and the accompanying creationist theme park Ark Encounter.
Novic wrote on Twitter: “Good news: no person in the middle seat next to me. Bad news: terrifying baby doll that belongs to the man in the window seat next to me.”
Her followers were then treated to a blow-by-blow account of the flight, including how a flight attendant explained to the man that booking a ticket in the doll’s name using fake passport details had led to a frantic security search until staff realized Barbara was not real.
The writer posted photos of the doll but edited out the man's face to protect his identity. When asked by a follower if the passenger had talked to or played with the doll she responded that they had chatted about her a bit but other than putting his arm out to protect Barbara on takeoff, he hadn’t really interacted with her. She closed by saying, “On the bright side, Barbara was a very well-behaved baby.”