Sitting on the jump seat with someone for a few days can bring about a false sense of intimacy.
Just because you occupy a close workspace, and have a shared responsibility for one another's life in the event of an emergency, doesn't mean that you are confidants, and maybe not even friends.
So why is it, then, that a complete stranger will start confiding personal and very confidential information about their life while sitting on the jump seat next to you?!
Over the past few days I've learned a great deal about my co-working: About her health issues, the birth of her child, the breakup of her marriage, her new found sexual freedom, her new boyfriend's fantasies, her sister's credit problems, and a whole lot more than I want to mention here.
Before this trip, I had never seen this woman before.
Why does this happen? What prompts someone to spill their guts like this? Why do people on an airplane need to share Too Much Information?