I find people's behavior fascinating, especially on a long plane ride. I usually fly first class so it's always occupied by either purchase or upgrade. I am not anti-social but not chatty either. I have books or movies on my ipad and noise cancelling headphones. I am polite but ask no questions. I'm always amazed how much people with share with me when I don't ask a thing. Here are two recent favorite seatmates I've had: ATL to LAS - a building contractor who really liked to brag about everything. I heard about his business, car, house, travel, etc. He asked me where I was staying and I say Bellagio. He is at Cosmo and talked about how nice it was and he get a great rate. Mr. big shot says he knows people might be able to get me a deal if I want to move. I thank him, but politely decline. I'm happy where I am. A while later he said, "if you don't mind asking, what rate do you pay at Bellagio?" I told him I don't pay, it's a comp. He seemed a bit embarrassed and slightly impressed. Then I was watching a movie with my headset on. When I would pause to eat or order a drink he would tell me how he saw that movie and did I get to the part where this or that happened. (Sigh.) The kicker was when the FAs were busy he'd take a few drags off his vapor cigarette. That was just plain stupid and annoying. ATL - Home Was a short hour or so flight. There were 3 young men in first class that were all lit up and having a good time. Normally doesn't bother me but they were moving around and pretty loud, making it difficult for me to snooze. The FAs were not amused but I thought did a stellar job keeping them somewhat in line. The entire flight the gentleman next to me and I were making faces and rolling our eyes at each other. When we landed the loud men left quickly and I complimented the FAs on their composure. My seatmate said "That was nice of you to say." No big deal. Then he mentioned that was going to do something about those guys but he was tired and wanted to get home. He didn't want to spend the next two hours doing paperwork. I gave him a puzzled look and as he grabbed his bag he said. "I'm here for your safety ma'am. And they were just a bit loud, not out of line." I knew there were air marshals but this was my first close encounter. Too bad he wasn't on the plane with the smoking contractor. What characters have you been trapped next to for hours?