My seatmate literally saved my day on an 11hr flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco last week. While my carelessness almost cost me eight hours hours of productivity and great aggravation, one kind gesture spared me that misery.
I use a MagSafe to MagSafe2 converter to plug in my Apple laptop, a tiny rectangular adaptor that is required to plug in the electronic device. Without this, my charging cord and laptop cannot be connected.
Somehow, between the security checkpoint and boarding, I lost the converter. Trouble is, I didn’t even notice it until my battery drained down to about 20% (3hrs into the 11hr flight) and I reached for my power cable and saw the little converter was missing.
I scoured the floor with my cell phone flashlight, hoping it had just dropped. Nope, it wasn’t there. I scrupulously examined my laptop bag, hoping that it would it be in there. Nope.
And now I felt the like the biggest fool in the world. 8hrs left in the flight, I had a ton of work, had already paid $36 for internet, and now I’d have to sleep or watch movies for the next eight hours.
But I noticed my seatmate was typing on exactly the same Apple laptop. The exact model. He asked me what I was looking for and I explained. He nodded in agreement, commiserating that he had also lost a MagSafe converter before.
I waited for his offer to help…but he didn’t bite.
Finally, I asked, “Do you think I could borrow you power cable for a few hours?”
Judging by his facial expression, it looked like he was not expecting the question and clearly did not want to. But after hesitating a moment, he said, “Of course”. He reached into bag, fished out his cord, and handed it to me.
Hallelujah! We were back in business.
Even if I had to coax it out of him, I’m incredibly grateful for my seatmate who helped me. He literally saved my flight from despair. He later said that he doesn’t like taking out his power cord during flights because he ends up losing it. I made sure he did not lose this one. If only I were so careful in the first place…
Would you ever loan your seatmate a charging cable?
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