Halfway through this story there should be this: 'They were interrupted by another passenger who addressed the flight attendant, "Excuse me, she has every right to to that here, and no-one minds because we are mature adults. You are being ignorant and inconsiderate. Please stop harassing this woman." The flight attendant promptly retreated to the kitchen amidst thunderous applause from other passengers.' Assertiveness is becoming as rare as common sense, it seems.