I’m presently shuttling back and forth (and back and forth and back and forth and back and forth) between the US and Brazil on American and Delta, as part of a year-end mileage run. Yeah, I know. I had plenty of time to reflect on how this might not be the world’s greatest idea during my nearly 2.5 hour taxi ride from the airport to my hotel in Sao Paulo…
I was sweating the first upgrade from New York to Sao Paulo, as the sold-out business class meant I was still waitlisted for an upgrade. Fortunately the upgrade came through at the gate, so we’ll have to save the economy class trip report for next time.
The flight was operated by one of American’s brand spanking new 777-300ERs, and it was an interesting flight to say the least, though I’ll share my thoughts on that shortly.
But first I have to share one of the more embarrassing moments I’ve had on a plane.
I fell asleep about three hours into the nine-hour flight after having drunk a lot of water, so woke up maybe halfway through the flight needing to go to the lavatory. The cabin was pretty dark, and a few minutes after returning to my seat I fell right asleep.
I was woken up a short time later by a guy tapping on my shoulder, saying “you’re in my seat.”
Seems I went back to sleep in 8G instead of 9G. Guess his visit to the lavatory was just longer than mine. Whoops.
In the interest of full disclosure, I wasn’t inebriated in the slightest. I did have a cup of celebratory pre-departure champagne, though that was the extent of my alcohol consumption.
I’ve certainly accidentally sat down in someone else’s seat during boarding, but this was my first time falling asleep in someone else’s seat… anyone ever done the same? Sure hope not!