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"Free Tibet"

Today was the first time I've finished a flight with one of my fellow passengers taken into custody by the police.

He was seated at the far end of my row, across the cabin, and there was nothing to notice for most of the flight. About an hour and a half before the flight ended, after the movies were through, I noticed him wandering around the near parts of the cabin, filming it with his video camera. I hid behind my chocolate chip cookie wrapper, not overly eager to be on someone's tapes under the circumstances. After a few minutes, a flight attendant noticed, and asked him to sit down.

A few minutes later, a flight attendant again noticed him doing the same thing, and asked him to sit down. He was obviously quite drunk and somewhat clumsy because of it. The flight staff had only given him two glasses of wine - he was drinking his own hard alcohol.

After a while longer, he started yelling from his seat, sporadically but loudly. "Free Tibet!" "Tibet is for Tibetans!" and the like. His stock phrases were limited but his silences no longer than five minutes at the outside. He wouldn't be quiet no matter how many times he was asked. He was given at least three warnings that the police would be meeting him when we landed if he didn't stay quiet. And he didn't, so they did.

If there's going to be a loud and obnoxious person on my flight, at least I had one who only started an hour and a half from the end, who was never violent, and stuck to yelling slogans.


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Oct. 12th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
You are without the doubt the most positive person I have ever met.
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Oct. 12th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
The woman next to me was deeply ignorant of flying, despite living her live in two different countries off and on. But despite being chatty, she was quiet whenever I read or watched movies, so it wasn't a problem. It was odd what she asked me given my initial presumption that she must travel regularly - if she needed a landing card as a British citizen; when meal service would start after take-off; what the movies would be.

Hurray for birthdays! C. won't be coming - he'll still be out of country.
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder what the story is behind why he chose to yell about freeing Tibet? there are so many things that drunk and obnoxious people can get stuck on :) and I always wonder what makes them pick what they do...
Oct. 12th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
It makes some more sense if you know that he is Tibetan. The steward mentioned it to someone else after taking his passport to call ahead for the police to come meet us. That's as much backstory as I can offer.
Oct. 12th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
At least he was eccentric enough to make a good anecdote.

I'm so sorry that I was so rushed I didn't try to get in touch with you while you were in town. I hope it was a good time.
Oct. 12th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
I had a very good time. I would have loved to see you, but for all I knew, you were out of town for the holiday. You are a Canadian, after all, so more likely to be involved in celebrations than the international crowd.

Hopefully I'll see you in December.
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