You know those people that go out of their way to try and make other people miserable? Well, I had one of those yesterday on my flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong on Thai Airways.
In the first class cabin were my friend and I, an older German couple, and a couple traveling with an infant. Our flight was delayed a bit for a late arriving passenger, who turned out to be the last first class passenger. As the captain informed us that we were waiting on a last passenger he jokingly commented “let’s give him a hand as he boards.”
Anyway, I have no problem with the fact that the plane was held for him, since we still arrived in Hong Kong on-time. Unfortunately I wish he wouldn’t have been so much of a jerk.
The guy traveling with the lap infant quickly approached us and asked if we were FlyerTalkers. We confirmed we were, so talked for a few minutes, and that was it. Then towards the end of the flight I went back towards his seat to talk for a few minutes. We talked at a very normal volume that wouldn’t at all be disruptive, though that didn’t stop the late arriving passenger from telling the flight attendant to tell us to be quiet because he was trying to sleep (which, mind you, he wasn’t — he was watching a movie and his seat wasn’t even reclined). Furthermore, he was seated on the other side of the cabin, so I really don’t see how we were being disruptive. The guy was being a douchebag, plain and simple.
But then we land, and as part of the Thai Airways’ Hong Kong arrivals service they drive you in a golf cart to immigration. There were three golf carts. The German couple took the first one, and they drove off. We were in the second cart, and the rude guy sat down in the third cart. The driver told him he needed to get in our cart, as they were saving the last one for the couple traveling with the baby. He loudly exclaimed “I’m not going with them.” The driver insisted, though. Then he literally huffed, puffed, and grunted for the entire five minute ride to immigration.
I’m tempted to post the guy’s picture, but I’ll take the high road…