Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
Or the Chinese peasant who sat next to me on my last 14 hr. flight and kicked and elbowed me the entire time because he just didn't know any better
You know, in the 21st century we don't call poor people "peasants" anymore, unless you're from Mongolia or something...
I actually quite like talking to people on airlines, assuming they're responsive (or if they're hot, young and female...)
It makes the flying more pleasant, particularly day flights. However, if the other person doesn't seem interested, I'll usually lapse into silence. But generally I find that most people are quite happy to talk. Nothing awkward about it, unless the other person is really weird or something.