How Do Tall Guys Do It?

Geoff on Southwest

We’re at cruising altitude. Sully has turned off the seat belt sign. I’m on my way to Los Angeles via Denver. The little bar Southwest inserts on every webpage says 3:15 to go.

The airlines don’t like it, but I appreciate this less than full flight. Helaine and I usually occupy the aisle and window seat and try to avoid eye contact, hoping no one will go for the middle seat.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Today it worked!

Once we were flying level I headed to the forward lav. It’s the one you’re not supposed to congregate in front of. It’s adjacent to the upgraded cockpit door.

My head touches the bathroom ceiling on most planes. TV makes me look taller. I’m not quite 5′ 10″.

Exactly how do you tall men do this? No, seriously.

I read one airline (it was either Spirit or Europe’s Ryanair) wants to shrink the bathroom more! How tall is their CEO?

8 Responses to “How Do Tall Guys Do It?”

  1. Evan says:

    It’s uncomfortable, there’s no leg room, and no matter how short the flight is, you get off the plane stiff and likely with back pain.

    Also, I remain seated when we land until it’s time for me to actually get my bag and get off the plane. Some people may just be able to stand and wait in their seat, but not when you’re 6′ tall.

  2. Jodi says:

    My Husband is 6’3 and has to fly often for work. He usually comes home miserable and a few days later is able to un-fold himself. I on the other hand am 5 foot even. I can fit in the over head. For some reason he wont fly with me ;)

  3. Courteney Gettel says:

    Hi Jeff!

    My husband flies overseas and he is 6’4 and let’s just say a big guy. He’s miserable when he flies – no matter where he goes. On domestic flights, he usually makes sure he goes before he gets on the plane and makes a mad dash when he gets off – just to avoid the bathrooms. It’s really hard.

    It takes him days to unknot his body when he flies as well. In fact, that reminds me – I need to make an appointment with our girl this weekend!

  4. Arlene says:

    It’s Delta that wants to shrink the bathrooms.

  5. Big Frank says:

    We fold ourselves up to accomodate the airlines, which believes that the average height of a male species is 5 foot 8 inches, with a 28 inch waist. At 6’4″, being able to get comfortable on any plane, is a far away thought. Then comes the inconsiderate person in front of you, that “reclines” and crushes your kneecaps. Fly?? No, I’d rather take a train.

  6. Robert says:

    aven’t been on a plane since we were waiting at Bradley for our flight o board on 9/11. Don’t think I’ll ever get on one again.

  7. rick says:

    it’s one of the reasons this tall guy has taken so many train trips in the last few years. safe travels , geoff.

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