Probably I would have never written about this anywhere but a question remained unsolved to me since I have traveled by Indigo flight 6E 271 and hence I am forced to write this.
I was traveling to Bangalore on 18th Dec by the flight and my seat number was 20A. I was very happy to get a window seat and as the flight was via Chennai flight it landed in Chennai airport first. The seat next to me was empty from the beginning and a man was seated on the aisle seat. Initially, I kept my laptop bag on the empty seat.
When the flight took off from Chennai the seat next to me was still empty. A woman who was traveling with the man came to occupy the seat next to me. I was not comfortable her coming next to me in an Indigo flight, but since they were traveling together, I didn’t want to raise any objection with the hope that she is not one of those false complainants. I took a huge risk in allowing her there.
From their discussion, I felt that the man and the woman were not married to each other. Not something that I should have bothered at all. And probably I wouldn’t have bothered much because a peep through the window gave me a devastating picture of Chennai floods which was a lifetime experience for me. Even after one week of the flood many areas were still under water.
When the flight was mid-air and nothing else was visible I leaned back to my seat when I noticed the two sitting next to me was engrossed in a sensuous kiss, with his hand hovering over her breasts. The situation was very uncomfortable for me.
At first, I didn’t know how to react. I was very uncomfortable with such open display of emotions and the air-hostesses too were enjoying. I could see their smiley faces. They looked askance at the couple as they passed by. Clearly enough they enjoyed the scene but didn’t want to interrupt their private moment.
I tried to look out the window with the hope of just ignoring what was happening next to me but could not ignore them. As I retracted after some time I found both engrossed in deep lovemaking oblivious to others around them. I thought of telling them to behave or to complain to the air-hostesses but I refrained myself as I was on-board an Indigo flight where in recent times male passengers traveling alone are targeted of several molestation complaints. Clearly, I didn’t want to be the next scapegoat.
Luckily for me, the couple didn’t remove their clothes or started having sex in-flight. But the intense lovemaking that I witnessed was supposed to be exhibited only in private places.
Today the question that is killing me is what should have been acceptable behavior for me. Clearly, I was not comfortable with them making love just next to me and I felt my privacy was violated by their actions. It was their public behavior that has violated my private space.
If this is acceptable public behavior then can someone also have sex in-flight or can someone masturbate openly.
The question continues to haunt my mind, are we free to do whatever we want in public spaces or should we be sensitive to the feelings of the people around. How much should really be too much?