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Gary Player, NY Times Frequent Flier

Gary Player authors this week's NY Times Business section's usually entertaining Frequent Flier column/Q&A, claiming that in his 60 years he's spent 90 percent of his time on commercial airlines, logging more than 15 million miles. 

And sleeping on plane floors.

I remember a flight years ago when I was traveling from Los Angeles to Japan. I was seated next to a woman who was very engrossed in her knitting. I asked her if she would like the use of both seats, and I proceeded to go to the floor. I was out like a light. As I was coming out of my sleep, which was about eight hours, I heard the woman talking to the attendant. She thought I might be dead. All I could do was smile, and she was either quite relieved or scared when I stood up.

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Reader Comments (5)

Finish the story...were you asleep or dead? ;)
11.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The story of sleeping on the floor for most of a transpacific flight sounds embellished to me.

I fly overseas a number of times a year and I can't think of anyway possible of sleeping on the floor of an aircraft. If you lie down in the aisle, and attendant will appear almost immediately.

In the older business class set ups, he could have slept ahead of the knitting women as there was about 4-5 feet of leg room. However, on longer Pacific flights, it is rare that the seatbelt light never comes on - I estimate that this might happen once in about 15 transpacific flights from my experience. Also, why did he do this? On the older business class seats, it would still be far more comfortable sleeping in the seat than on the floor, especially for someone as small as Player. If he was in economy class, there is no way, even as small as he is, that he would be able to squeeze into the floor space behind the seats in front.

I am calling bullshit on Player here.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
I think it's well known that Mr Player enjoys embellishing a story. He sees entertaining the folks as a higher goal than absolute adherence to the facts.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfourputter
Player's stories = Played
11.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrose
I support Rob.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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