You have to know a bit about me to appreciate this story.Â I am a very courteous person.Â I’m the guy that still opens doors for people (men or women).Â And I try my best to show my manners during the trying times (weekly) that I fly for work.
Last night I was boarding a full flight from Philadelphia to Charlotte.Â Â I was in row 4 (middle seat), but had to use the bathroom in the back as the plane loaded.Â Â After doing my business, I slowly and courteously made my way forward — ducking into rows to allow others by as I progressed forward.
At about row 7, an African-American woman with a shirt blaring “OBAMA — HOPE AND CHANGE FOR AMERICA!” faced me.
I quietly said, “I am a couple rows ahead, may I get by?”
Her LOUD response with her palm in my face:Â “NO!Â JUST HOLD ON AND WAIT!”Â Â I rolled my eyes, fearing that this is a sign of the World of Hopeandchange that we are in for beginning in 30 days.
Her husband behind her saw what happened and his face showed signs of embarrassment.Â He asked what row I was in and I showed him four fingers, but then said “Never mind.”Â Â I wanted them to get past me.
The two other people in row 4 who brazenly stole my personal magazine I had brought onto the plane — well, that’s a story for another day.