Flying High on Awkwardness
How to Not be Socially Awkward
I've realised that social awkwardness is something I definitely have. For example:
I’ve just had an automated email from KLM, asking me to give feedback on my recent flight to Humberside from Bangkok. My granddad used to say to me, “if you haven’t got anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.” I will not, therefore, be completing the feedback survey.
How to Avoid Social Awkwardness on Flights
To be honest, though, there wasn’t anything particularly terrible about this flight, but, well … is it just me .. or. are like me and you find having to sit 11 plus hours with a perfect stranger on a plane brings out your inner cringy, socially awkward, stammering child? The ideal of course would be to travel in luxury, so it may be worth while you searching through one of the private jet card programmes out there to see what the best jet card for your needs might be.
Alternatively, these strategies may help overcome social awardness.
The passenger in front of you reclines their seat to its max for the duration of all meals.
The inflight attendant spills hot coffee on your lap.
The inflight attendant gives you a meal you didn’t request.
The inflight attendant forgets to give you wine or bread roll with dinner (this particularly applies to vegetarians).
Shared Social Awkwardness
Upon landing you will probably feel exhausted with so much social awardness. Take some relief in the sure knowledge that plenty of other passengers will be feeling exactly the same as you. My final advice is,don’t acknowledge any smelly armpits, bumped heads, or squished bodies as you remove your luggage from the overhead rack and wait standing for a good twenty minutes to depart the plane, such has been your haste to depart. Take your time and relax knowing that any social awkwardness is about to disappear until your next flight ... or at least until you reach customs and immigration!