If you have been on a long flight then you know it can be a nightmare if you are seated to somebody that is disinterested in having an intelligent conversation with you. Imagine a 12-hour flight without uttering a word apart from ordering for this or that to the cabin crew. A light conversation can go a long way in making the long flight a lot more interesting. Here are a few tips that can assist you to pick up a conversation on a plane.

How to pick up a conversation on a long flight

If you have been on a long flight then you know it can be a nightmare if you are seated next to someone that is disinterested in having an intelligent conversation with you. Imagine a 12-hour flight without uttering a word apart from ordering for this or that to the cabin crew. A light conversation can go a long way in making the long flight a lot more interesting. Here are a few tips that can assist you to pick up a conversation on a plane.

Understand the Genders

Men are usually not very chatty, but they sure love sports and politics. The smart thing to do will be to sit next to a man with a Formula One Magazine and start leafing through it. You can then open a conversation like this, “Do you know that Vettel has broken Schumacher’s record of 7 Grand Prix winnings?" If the man knows nothing about the Formula One he will tell you so and you now have a chance to ask him what sports he loves. Note that Americans love Football and Basketball and Baseball, Indians love Cricket, Africans and Europeans love Soccer, and Arabs love Formula One.

Women on the other hand love fashion and romance. If you want to pick up a conversation with a beautiful woman, make sure you know your fashion industry well. Another topic they love is the celebrity gossip. However, there are the serious type who can hold their own in political discussions. How woman is dressed can tell you what kind of things she would be interested in talking about.

Start a conversation right away

If you start getting chatty in the departure lobby with small talk such as, 'why are they taking too long to screen us through the security?'; you will find talking to that particular person very easy when on the plane because you have already broken the ice. There is nothing as awkward as sitting next to a person for 3-hours without even saying hi and then all of a sudden, out of the blue, start a conversation.

Learn a few plane conversation pick-up lines

Examples of plane conversation pick-up lines include; where are you headed? Do you speak English? Is that seat taken? I hate long flights can I sit next to you? I am afraid of heights, would you mind to close the window?

Note that anything that opens the conversation is ok. Make sure you phrase your opening line as a question as it allows you some leeway to put some follow up.

Avoid Sitting next to Book Worms

Some airlines are not very strict with their sitting arrangements. If the plane is not full, you can sit on any seat. Make sure you sit next to somebody that is not already engrossed into some sort of book. They will feel that you are bothering them with your conversation. Instead, sit next to that chatty lady. She may make your flight a little less boring.

Starting a conversation on a plane is not that hard. All you are required to do is know a little more about the world and you can have enough material to make a conversation for over 3 hours.

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