January 1, 2018 12:27 am at 12:27 am #1440292
“If your seat partner is violating your personal space, return the favor…subtly.
‘Drop something on the ground near them, and ask them to pick it up,’ says Bowden. He suggests a pen. As social mammals, we’re designed to help each other, so saying, ‘No, I’m not going to pick that up,’ is, in effect, sociopathic behavior. Either they’ll pick it up, removing their arm from the armrest, and you’ll be able to swoop in—or they won’t, and then you’ll know you’re seated next to a sociopath, which seems like a good tidbit to file away…” ( q costa rica dot com)
More humorous solutions mentioned in the article 🙂January 1, 2018 11:49 am at 11:49 am #1440501
How is the seating neighbor violating your space?January 1, 2018 11:50 am at 11:50 am #1440531iacisrmmaParticipant
If you normally travel the New York subway system, then you know how to sit without using the armrest.January 1, 2018 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #1440652👑RebYidd23Participant
What if they say “I read the article, and I’m not picking it up because you dropped it on purpose”?January 1, 2018 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #1440786
RebYidd23: Excellent question! I don’t know.
Maybe try a solution from a different article?January 1, 2018 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #1440787
Maybe you can sneeze on the person’s arm and armrest.January 1, 2018 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm #1440822
Why is the shared armrest between the two seats yours? It is shared, so he isn’t violating your space.January 2, 2018 7:44 am at 7:44 am #1440863lesschumrasParticipant
When a person sits with their arms folded and their elbows extending over the armrest onto your side is invading your spaceJanuary 3, 2018 1:36 am at 1:36 am #1441465☢️ Rand0m3x 🎲Participant
( q costa rica dot com)
That seems to be a Costa Rican news website.January 3, 2018 4:32 pm at 4:32 pm #1441928streekgeekParticipant
Have a screaming baby on your lap. You’ll have the whole row.January 4, 2018 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #1443004hujuParticipant
Get a cootie shot and you will have nothing to worry about.January 4, 2018 4:35 pm at 4:35 pm #1443034CTLAWYERParticipant
Business Class with individual pods….no armrests to share…………..
But, in the real world: the middle person gives up so much that that person should have first rights to the armrestJanuary 5, 2018 2:25 am at 2:25 am #1443072
CTL, you fly only business class?? Feh, I thought you were of a higher class. You should start joining me in first class.January 5, 2018 2:28 am at 2:28 am #1443102blubluhParticipant
I found LB’s idea of dropping something for the seatmate to retrieve amusing. It’s been some time since I last traveled by air (domestic flight, cattle class) and I don’t recall there being sufficient space between rows for anyone to retrieve anything other than stowed items beneath the seat ahead. Even then…
One memorable flight when I was on my to becoming a gadol hador (though not in the admirable meaning of the term) and I unintentionally – and embarrassingly – elbowed the rib cage of my seatmate. I tried folding my arms, but dozing off resulted in additional elbowings. My remarkably understanding seatmate’s somewhat less understanding aisle seat travel companion thoughtfully offered to punch my face in, but fortunately managed to distract himself with other things (tefilat haderech, indeed!).
From then on, air travel meant business class or bust (significant weight loss has also been suggested and is under frequent consideration).January 5, 2018 7:35 am at 7:35 am #1443490CTLAWYERParticipant
The business class remark was an example. The last 3 transpacific flights I took on Asian airlines had Busimess and Coach, no more First. The Business has lay flat beds in individual pods.
Domestically, most often I use Netjets. No shared armrests. Many commercial flights have shared armrests in First Class on narrowbody flights.January 6, 2018 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #1443790David111Participant
The armrest unofficially belongs to the person sitting in the middle seat.
You can try the pen trick as a social experiment. You may wanna take it a step further then try eat some garlic – you will possibly get the entire seat/row…. all arm rests inc.
(I take no responsibility for any consequences).January 7, 2018 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm #1444337
Whoa…. there’s an airplane armrest invention known as the Soarigami!
“SOARIGAMI PORTABLE ARMREST EXTENDER / DIVIDER – $29.99 USD
“Soarigami is a patented portable armrest extender and divider that works on most armrests, doubling the usable space” (Soarigami).January 10, 2018 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm #1447327hujuParticipant
My wife never lets me have an armrest. Am I eligible for a ghet?
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