I travelled from Miami to LAX yesterday on a packed plane. There were apparently a number of international mis-connects and so the adjacent seat stayed open until a few minutes before departure when the gate agent upgraded an elite flyer to the window seat next to me, 2F.
All was well until about 10 minutes after take-off when my new seat mate decided that she felt sick and needed to go to the bathroom. Seat belt sign on, but the crew let her go. She returned a few minutes later, feeling cold and asking if she could have my blanket and pillow (of course I agreed). 10 minutes later, just as I was napping (It was a 20:30hrs departure), she poked me to ask to get to the bathroom again. However, it was occupied so the crew had to supply her with one of their large plastic sacks as ‘sick bags’ seem to have gone from American. She sat on the crew jump seat for 20 minutes or so retching, just long enough for me to doze off.
Returning to her seat I was again awakened.
Over the next 5 hours, I had alternating ‘pings’ as she called for the crew – more club soda, more ginger ale, a thermometer …more…more…more. And of course, endless visits to the bathroom.
I got no sleep.
Now, I might be being a sleep deprived and cranky flyer today, but I know it was wearing the crew down too. They were considering a medical diversion at one point, but she then felt better. Again, the offer of a medical team on arrival was turned down as she wasn’t that bad.
Halfway through she asked if I’d like to switch seats – as she had to go to the bathroom more often. Again, not sure if she really wanted an aisle but got a window as the only upgrade available, or I’m just being cranky.
So I wonder what you think, am I going to come down with some awful disease today, or did AA in Miami simply upgrade a drama queen?