One of the things I enjoy most about flying is being stuck in a metal tube with hundreds of strangers from all walks of life. There’s very little that’s consistent when it comes to seatmates, and I think I’ve heard it all over the years, from the guy that felt the need to tell me he had the flu within a minute of sitting down next to me, to the lady that wouldn’t stop harping to me about what a slut her daughter is.
Anyway, there is one thing I’ve found to be pretty consistent: people love to exaggerate flight times by 40%. I’ve noticed this more and more recently, and when I do the math it’s always right around 40%. On an SFO-JFK redeye last weekend my seatmate was talking on his cell about how the flight would be seven hours once we take off. No, it’s five hours. On a different trip from IAD-JFK, my seatmate was telling me how she was about to get on a 15 hour flight to Cairo. No, it’s 10.5 hours.
Am I the only one that has noticed this? Either passengers are accurate or they go over by 40%, at least in most cases. Rarely do I hear someone exaggerate by 10-20%.
Random? Yes. Useless? Probably. But isn’t that what makes it perfect material for my blog. 😉