Piggy-backing on Tiff’s #Tiffisajerk posts, I never know how to act in this situation.
I’m all for letting the person in the middle seat have 100% of the arm rests. But sometimes on flights, the person in the middle seat puts their arm over the arm rest and onto my leg, which makes me feel really uncomfortable.
I don’t think they mean anything bad about it. But I wake up after a nap to an arm on my leg, and I don’t really know what to do.
Sometimes I said, I’m sorry, I’m not really comfortable with your arm on my leg, which ends up making things even more awkward.
Other times, I shift my leg and cross it over my other leg, and lean over the arm rest on the aisle side (usually resulting in me getting clipped by a drink cart). The co-passenger’s arm will usually stay where it was, still over the arm rest on the chair.
But I thought about it even more on a recent flight when the man in the window seat fell asleep and put his hand on the lap of the girl next to me. She and I made eye contact, and I lifted up my arm rest, and she moved closer to me to pull her leg out from other the guys arm.
Again, I don’t think there is any ill will intended here, but it creates a super awkward, uncomfortable situation. When I point out it is uncomfortable, it seems to make the situation even more uncomfortable.
Thoughts? Have you had this happen in flight?