This probably sounds obvious because of the whole ‘if the plane goes down and we haven’t made up….’ thing but I’m not talking about that.
The reason I very definitely learned not to argue before getting on a plane is because once you’re in seat of your plane with your warring partner, the space is really, really small. Hmmmmm should have thought this one through.
So we’re sitting on the plane, having a ‘hushed’ argument, I manage to hit the right inflection of harshness to my whispered tone as I clocked one of the guys in the aisle across from us, flinch. Perfect. We’re now the street theatre for the other passengers. Just what I always wanted.
With neither of us willing to back down, being in a space that was approximately 20cm square and right next to each other, was not the best. Storming off to sulk, or my preferred method of voice noting my bestie, wasn’t an option. Instead we had to wait it out. Using my second best option of listening to Bon Jovi until I could be reasonable again worked well but I had to deduct points on the fact that I couldn’t put it on speaker and irritate the other half.
By the time we arrived in Frankfurt, with hours to kill before our connecting flight, we had hit the right level of maturity to make up and not make the remaining hours in the airport hell for each other. This was an extremely good decision as the flight was delayed, I am not known for my listening to tannoy skills and needed to rely on my partner to have any idea of where we were going and when to get on the plane.
Making up before getting on the connecting flight also worked because by the time we landed at Heathrow, hours later, and were waiting for the (frankly appalling) car service I’d booked our car into, it meant my partner wasn’t thinking mean thoughts about me or blaming me for the lack of our car to take us home. I say this but actually he’s never blamed me when I’ve booked crap services or things haven’t quite gone to plan. If he’s thought mean thoughts about me and my booking capabilities, he’s always kept them to himself. Note to self. Be nicer to him and don’t start arguments before getting on a plane.
*for authenticity and transparency – I wrote this on the second flight home, until the air steward (quite harshly) asked me to put my laptop away so the plane could land. Final paragraph was written at home.