“A First-Class Passenger” by George August Meier from Diverse Voices Quarterly Volume 6, Issue 21. Available to read for free by clicking: http://www.diversevoicesquarterly.com/first-class-passenger/
Full disclosure: I have a story in this issue.
I enjoyed this story just as much the second time I read it as I did the first. There’s a twist at the end, and while I remembered that there was one, I did not remember what it was. Therefore I got to experience it again, which was fun.
The main character has just boarded a plane with his wife. They have seats in first-class, something they had to use all their airline miles to manage. He’s looking forward to the experience when a boorish passenger in loud clothing enters the plane. It becomes a game of wishing he will keep going, keep moving. Of course the other man sits in first-class, too. Of course our hero becomes obsessed with his every move, to the great irritation of his wife. The twist at the end isn’t the world’s most surprising but is said to be based on a real event, and should make you stop and think.