I was on a flight the other day and this lady a couple of rows in front of me was up a good 8 times. That in itself is no problem. She was on the aisle and that’s a right of us aisle people.
The thing she was doing that was annoying as all hell was that she would hip-check me every time she passed to and from the restroom.
I wasn’t leaning into the aisle at all – I just had my arm on the outer arm-rest. She would barrel through and slam my seat and me, and presumably everyone else in her path, each time.
The thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way. I have this magical technique that I’ve used for years so I don’t disturb any fellow passengers as I pass – I move down the aisle sideways.
Even if their arm, leg, or some other part of their body is blocking the aisle I can easily avoid them this way.
And if it gets bumpy I put my arms up to brace myself on the overhead storage areas, so I don’t have to touch their seats.
Because you shouldn’t and don’t have to ever touch a person or a seat on the plane.
In the event somebody is simply unable to make it down the aisle without smashing into people, they can book a seat close to the restroom.
As the PSA before movies in the 80s used to declare, “courtesy is contagious.”