4. Appear emotionally unstable
Twitching, mumbling curses, crazy eyes -- make sure to do something visibly “off” that’ll get the attention of your row-mate. Take out a journal and write the phrase “Planes don’t have souls” over and over and over again in red ink until they notice. This should create a forcefield around your seat that screams “Do not engage”.
3. Learn to say “I don’t speak English” in Belarussian
If you pretend not to speak English, there’s always the risk that the person next to you speaks Spanish, or French, or whatever easy romance language you claim to be native to. But with only 7.6 million speakers in Belarus, it’s a pretty safe bet the guy with the window seat won’t be proficient. Make sure to have a Belarusssian book (any book in Cyrillic will do) open on your tray table, and simply point to it as soon as he starts up. NOTE: Avoid this method if you are actually aboard a flight to Belarus.