Blogging from Dubai International Airport. - Narcissism is Necessary

Blogging from Dubai International Airport.

Just touched down after a 6 agonising hours seated next to a very weird man. Blogging with airport’s free wifi.

Beaten.
Pooped out.

It was a full flight and I was fortunate to get an exit lane seat. Guy next to me was not very appreciative though, he was whinging and complaining about everything to the stewardesses throughout the flight.

Firstly, he was the last person to board the plane. We were delayed because of him too. Anyway, because he was late, so the fella found himself a bare seat, with no pillow, headphones and blanket. It’s normal practice for cabin crew to collect unused pillows/blankets/miscellaneous kits as they are limited in number.

Anyway, the safety instructions were played. First in English and then in Arabic. After the instructions had finished playing, he summoned a stewardess. And guess what he complained about?

He was pissed that the instructions were played in English first instead of Arabic. His rationale was that Arabic’s the national language of Emirates and thus should be played first. And then he reassert that this “problem” had occurred many times with his previous flights and each time, he had complained to the crew but nothing was ever done. And then he asked the stewardess, “What’s the point of flying with Emirates when you can’t use your national language first?”. I was rather taken aback by his snootiness. While I understand where he’s coming from, it’s still a pretty ridiculous issue to fuss about, when he’s the one who couldn’t even board a plane punctually. English is afterall a lingua franca of the world. I knew then and there I was seated next to a weirdo.

Also, I believe he assumed that I stole his blanket, because when he requested for his blanket he made a really loud remark saying someone stole his blanket.

He did the same thing with his pillow. Unfortunately for the stewardess, the pillows had ran out by then so she asked him if he minded using a rolled up blanket instead. His answer was, “Yes, I do mind”. Luckily, the poor girl managed to find a single pillow for him at the end.

Then, he was looking for his entertainment guide and yeah, I admit it’s my own fault for taking his entertainment guide in the first place cause my guide was at the far front next to the the crew seat. Dude was damn drama, like searching for a missing child. Luckily before he kicked up a fuss with another unlucky stewardess, I remembered that I had taken his, so I gave him back. Then he thanked me so sarcastically, “OH! THANK YOU SOOoo MUCH!” -_-

Gawd, bloody weirdo. When he was eating also, kept jutting his elbow into my space -_-. Didn’t even offer any apology while I was totally civil with him. There are people who exist to make others miserable!

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14 Responses to Blogging from Dubai International Airport.

  1. Nigel August 7, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Have a safe journey onwards!

  2. beetrice August 7, 2008 at 11:06 am #

    Haha…you should have just had a drink ‘accident’ during turbulence. I had a similar idiot on my Emirates flight to Dubai too – he was whinging loudly that my aircond vent was blowing on him (when it wasn’t – there was an empty seat between us!)

    Next thing you know, when I went to the toilet and came back, he had gone and shut off ALL the aircond vents in his row including mine! Geeez…I just turned mine back on, sat down and ignored his ‘I’m intimidating you’ stares.

    But enjoy your holiday – London’s gorgeous at the moment!! (any chance of smuggling me in your luggage??)

  3. Yin-Phin Lim August 7, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    Boy, this guy is really off, man. I mean, “WHERE DID HE COME FROM?”. Geez, if I sat next to him, I probably would complain to the cabin crew and then to the airline. Geez, how am I going to sit through the entire flight, man, when this guy keeps pissing me off from time to time? Sigh…what a crazy world…

  4. VampireM August 7, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    luckily this guy only got to you psychologically.

    i’ve known a fren who was trying to sleep through a long flight, and he was seated next to a big-sized man, who was always squirming in his seat, and going to the toilet.

  5. Krawx August 7, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    kick his arse..

  6. KY August 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    Have a nice trip Kim!

  7. lee wee tak August 7, 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    with an attitude like that, no wonder he is traveling alone. I bet he can’t score with a 60 year old whore with VD even during winter & recession.

    about the language thing. MAS broadcast in Bahasa first then English. It is a matter of company policy but if he really wanna make a change, he should write to the head of the airline, rather than chest thumping to the air stewardess. one hell of a way to chat up but he won’t shack up with anybody bar a bolster

    I suppose English first would convey a company that views customers first and appreciate that customers come from all over the world. The other way round would mean the company is proud of its country first. Either way, the important thing is message is clear, relevant and delivered on time

    If the fellow can afford to fly, he has less trouble than most so really he should get rid of the piles and stop bitching

    I am a bit moody as I write because of the development today.

  8. Rachel August 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm #

    Have a enjoyable trip Kim with ur boo boo! I’ll miss you so much! Already missing d! =)

  9. pinkpau August 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    hahaha how can you stand sitting next to that dude!!!

    have a good time kimmmmm!

  10. Huai Bin August 7, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    Yeah, you get all sorts on international flights. I passed out once from Hypnodorm (flunitrazepam) and the free flow alcohol on a Melbourne – KL flight and ended up on the floor. I would not have made a good seat mate. ;)

    Dubai! OMG! You’re going everywhere I wanted to go but can’t.

  11. naeboo August 7, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    arab ppl are like, the hardest clients ever. they are frikin unreasonable and a pain in the everywhere.

    u shld have stabbed him in the eye with ur emirates-issue plastic fork to make a statement. (wont hurt to shout ALLAH MURAHKHBAR too hahaha)

  12. mama bok August 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    Weirdo is a pretty mild name to give the dude..! i would used “asshole” ..?? ill mannered .. ?? shit head..?? shit disturber..??? freak..?? Jerk..?? Dickwad ..?? dickhead..?? self centered arrogant bastard..?? or I would have just suggested they throw him off the plain.. and if they can’t.. should just put him right at the back of the pilot’s cabin.. so as not to irritate me. Or i would have told him to shut the F*** up..!

  13. mh August 8, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Welcome to the Mid East. At least he kept to his space…I’ve seen some who liberally invade your privacy, even to the extent of hands on your lap etc. Nightmare.

  14. Tori December 18, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Yes, the cabin crews are well trained! If I were you, I will spill coffee on him!

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