this whole situation reminds me of a something similar that took place onboard one of my flights in june. i was the cabin service director (purser) onboard a flight from mco to dca. a full 321 to boot. up in first there was a young couple holding hands, one fast asleep on his partners shoulder. in economy, there were many similar scenes. after i completed my first class service, i helped the cabin crew out in economy with a few beverages and rubbish pick up.
as i was walking through 'c' zone (from door 3 to 4 fwd aft)
a very pinched woman sitting with 2 rather overly active children (please tell them to STOP putting those stickers on my cabin windows/walls/tray tables) looked up at me and said she had a few concerns about this particular flight. she followed me into the aft galley, 3 other f/a's as witnesses mind you. she sucked up her chest and then proceeded to tell me how 'uncomfortable she was' at the less than appropriate outward signs of homosexuality displayed on this flight. one of my f/a's, fresh out of training just stopped what she was doing and looked at me as if to say, 'holy crap, no one ever told me i'd have to handle something like this'. i then asked her what she meant. she said that, 'for the sake of the children (GOD I HATE THAT EXCUSE) i should/i HAD to put a stop to it.' stop to what? i questioned. she then stammered and said, ''well, you know, some of those men and women are outwardly showing signs of 'affection'. ''excuse me madam'', i said, ''all anyone is doing is either resting or holding hands. i hardly think you have the right to infringe upon their right to hold hands or sleep on a shoulder in public. as for the sake of the children, how about teaching that there are all sorts of people that make up our planet.'' she then huffed back to her seat and her kids. upon deplaning, she demanded to speak with the captain, who, is a very good friend of mine. the captain just said to her, well, aaron is the purser, he has full control of the cabin and i've listened to what he had to say earlier in the flight. yes, he did inform me of your discussion with him, and i agree with his decision. he had every reason not to stop any hand holding. nothing inappropriate took place on board this aircraft. if you have a problem with that, then maybe you should shield your children from everything that goes on in the world.
she said she was going to complain at my lack of 'understanding' and write a very nasty letter. she even looked back at me from the jetway and said she was going to have my job over this. when mike and i and crew got to lauderdale later that afternoon, all of us went out for beer and wings (we had a 20hr layover) and laughed about 'the pinched lady with kids'.
so far, no letter, i'm still flying and i've not seen that awful woman. so yes guys, if you get a few words from folks sitting around you and i'm in charge, never fear, the heeb is here!!!
THE MORE I'M AROUND PEOPLE, THE MORE I WANT TO SPEND IT AROUND DOGS. AND BOATS. AND WORKING ON MY ENGINES. DID I MENTION DOGS?