Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Living Room Syndrome

Note: This was written Sunday, when I was traveling from Denver to Portland. 

Do you know someone who suffers from Living Room Syndrome? Perhaps you yourself have suffered. You see, Living Room Syndrome is far more painful for those around the afflicted soul. Attacks generally come on with no warning and can last for several hours without a break. Recurrence is unpredictable, though experts say people in their 20s & 30s tend to be most susceptible, although unmarried men in their 40s & 50s also often show symptoms.

What is this terrible disease, you're wondering? Simple. Living Room Syndrome is marked by unthinking acts of careless rudeness on airplanes, the most marked of which is reclining ones seat, therefore stealing space from the person behind you to get a little more for yourself. Also included: loud conversations, walking up and down the aisles for most of the flight, using electronic devices that make noise audible to other passengers, and more. Basically, the person with LRS forgets that they are in a public space, not their own living room.

If you have taken a flight in the last 5 years, you have probably suffered the effects of someone else's Living Room Syndrome. My sympathies go out to you. And to those of you who are afflicted by LRS? I hope never to meet you in an airplane. God bless!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, people who have LRS drive me BATTY. :)