Discover what each of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types are thinking about while flying. #MBTI #Personality

What Each Myers-Briggs® Personality Type is Thinking About on an Airplane

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff. We’re about to embark on a personality-packed, humorous journey through the not-so-friendly skies with our 16 unique and distinctly peculiar friends, the Myers-Briggs personality types. Yes, you’re right, nothing screams humor like the thought of 16 personality types crammed into an airplane, each reacting in their own quirky ways to the joys and horrors of air travel. So grab your peanuts and let’s get started!

P.S. This is a humor article, so be prepared for some stereotypes.

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The 16 Myers-Briggs personality types, and their thoughts while flying. #MBTI #Personality #INFP

The INFJ

As the wheels of the plane start to rumble, the INFJ, also known as the ‘Mystic’, will likely be seen staring out of the window, lost in their thoughts on the brief, fleeting nature of life. Because, of course, on a plane taking off, that’s the most logical thing to think about. It’s not the increasingly shrinking view of the city, the clouds, or the sheer marvel of flight, no. It’s the metaphorical implications of ascension and the existential angst that accompanies it.

Meanwhile, their seatmate might be juggling a pretzel, soda, and in-flight magazine, but the INFJ is orchestrating a cerebral symphony of deep thoughts. They might be pondering, “Are we, as humans, not just like this aircraft? Constantly striving to reach higher, better ourselves, defy the gravity that is societal norms and expectations?” And let’s not even get started on their views of the airplane food.

Oh, and the seatbelt sign! For the INFJ, it’s not just a safety instruction. It’s an emblem of constraint, a symbol of the shackles society places on us. And they are possibly the only ones who actually read the safety instruction card in the seat pocket, analyzing it as a poignant commentary on the human condition, our inherent vulnerability, and the illusion of control. All this, while the guy next to them is just trying to figure out if their smartphone will fit in the seat pocket.

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The INTJ

The wheels haven’t even left the tarmac before the INTJ, also known as the ‘Architect’, has mentally calculated the exact odds of engine failure, cross-referenced it with the average response time of airborne emergency services, and prepared a contingency plan involving a parachute and a sturdy briefcase. If you find that impressive, you should see their strategy for avoiding in-flight conversation.

Yes, the INTJ has devised an intricate system of social avoidance. This involves strategic placement of headphones (even when not connected to any device), a conveniently timed “sleep” every time the flight attendants pass by, and an intense fascination with the in-flight magazine that would make you think they’re deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls instead of reading about the top 10 vacation spots.

Their philosophical musings, on the other hand, take a different flight path. As the plane ascends, they might ponder, “Isn’t this plane just like human progress, constantly reaching for the skies while battling the turbulence of life?” And if you so much as attempt to engage them in conversation, they’ll hit you with a confused glare and point to their earbuds.

When an unaccompanied minor decides to strike a conversation with the INTJ, they are unbothered. With an eyebrow raised and a slight nod of the head, the INTJ whips out the safety instruction card and tells the kid, “Did you know this is the most interesting comic book ever? Gives ‘Captain Underpants’ a run for his money.” Who knew? The INTJ, that’s who.

And let’s not forget their strategic approach to the airplane food. They’ve already factored in the exact nutritional value of the meal, its inability to meet their daily requirements, and prepared for this eventuality with a protein bar from home. All this while the lady next to them is struggling with the plastic packaging of her peanuts.

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The ENFJ

As the ‘Mentor,’ the ENFJ boards the plane with a twinkle in their eyes and an eagerness to uplift the collective mood. They’ve already mentally prepared a series of icebreakers, intuitively tailored to the personality of each potential seatmate. In fact, they’re so excited about the potential bonding that they’ll willingly give up their aisle seat to a middle-seated stranger, just to demonstrate the power of altruism at 30,000 feet.

Once airborne, the ENFJ’s thoughts don’t dwell on the minutiae of flight mechanics or the existentialism of ascension. No, for them, this is a golden opportunity to inspire personal growth and emotional expression amongst their fellow passengers. The in-flight safety demonstration is seen as a poignant parable about the importance of securing your own ‘oxygen mask’ before helping others. They might even tear up a little during the narration, moved by the idea of everyone coming together to survive a crisis.

Mid-flight, the ENFJ’s attention is devoted to intuitively sensing the emotional climate of the cabin. They’re not just observing the toddler’s tantrum three rows back, they’re considering how they could potentially mediate to restore harmony. And the airplane food? It’s not just a meal; it’s a shared experience that unites everyone on this journey – a delicious opportunity to reflect on our shared humanity and the importance of breaking bread together. All this, while their INTJ seatmate is trying to convert the flight distance into light years and the INFJ is penning a sonnet about the symbolism of the fasten seatbelt sign.

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The ENTJ

The ENTJ, or the ‘Commander’, strides onto the plane as though they’re walking into their boardroom – poised, determined, and ready to take charge. Their thoughts, carefully strategized, imitate a high-stakes game of chess. Their strategy begins with a seat selection that is efficient for a swift exit and optimal for a timely disembarkation process. They’ve already decided if they want the chicken or the pasta meal, hours before the flight attendant asks, because who wants to waste precious seconds making trivial decisions while hurtling through the clouds?

The ENTJ is not one for idle time, not even at 35,000 feet. You’ll often find them multi-tasking, a feat that leaves their less driven fellow passengers a little bewildered.

Case in point: the ENTJ can often be spotted simultaneously reading a dense philosophical tome, which they’ll claim is “light reading,” while trading stocks on their laptop. And they’ll do this with an air of nonchalance that’s almost unnerving.

They manage to discuss Nietzsche’s existentialism and the latest stock market trends with the flight attendant, all while consuming their meticulously chosen in-flight meal without dropping a crumb. They make it seem as natural as breathing, as if everyone should be able to digest Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ while dissecting the FTSE 100. All this, while their INFJ seatmate is contemplating the metaphysical implications of turbulence and the INTJ is calculating how many times the airplane food tray can be folded before its structural integrity fails.

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The INFP

The INFP, also known as ‘The Dreamer’, steps onto the plane like an artist about to commence work on a blank canvas. Before they’ve even reached their seat, they’ve imagined a dozen fantastical scenarios. Maybe the pilot is a secret agent, and they are the only ones who can help navigate through an impending storm. Or perhaps the flight attendants are undercover superheroes, and the food cart is actually a disguised arsenal of high-tech weapons.

Once seated, the INFP gazes longingly out of the window, transforming the tarmac into a runway to their own dreamland. As the plane ascends, they are not just flying – they’re riding a giant, steel Phoenix, piercing through the clouds and into the realm of fantasy.

But it doesn’t stop there. Oh no! The in-flight safety demonstration is analyzed as a potentially fantastic plot for a dystopian novella. “An unexpected disaster, people struggling to put on their oxygen masks, the struggle for survival, the triumph of human spirit!” they muse.

Meanwhile, the airplane food, oh the airplane food! For others, it might be a questionable meal served in a plastic tray, but for INFPs, it’s a feast in the grandest hall of a medieval castle. The peas, the chicken, the small piece of cake – all part of a royal banquet.

As the flight progresses, the INFP might engage in a deep conversation with the kid seated next to them, helping them imagine that their airplane-shaped cookies are part of a great, intergalactic fleet, defending the universe from an alien invasion.

And finally, just as the plane begins to descend, the INFP is jerked out of their imaginative reverie by the sound of the landing gear. They sigh, buckle their seatbelt, and prepare to rejoin reality, already missing the high-altitude alternate reality they’d created. All this, while their ISTJ seatmate is meticulously following the landing instructions, ensuring his tray table is in an upright position, and his seatbelt is so tightly fastened that even an overzealous chiropractor would applaud.

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The INTP

The INTP, the ‘Prodigy’ of the personality world, steps onto the airplane with an air of introverted unease, warily aware of the sea of strangers whom they’re forced to share a confined space with. Their brain is a rapid-fire machine of Star Wars references, acknowledging the airplane as a low-budget Millennium Falcon, and the flight attendants as somewhat less charming versions of R2-D2.

As they take their seat, they feel a sudden kinship with Han Solo, piloting through the vast expanse of space. The noise of the engines starting up is dubbed over in their mind with the iconic Star Wars theme, and they prepare for lightspeed. Every bump and jerk of turbulence is not an air pocket, but a pesky asteroid field or a sudden skirmish with the Galactic Empire.

Meal service, to them, is not merely a tray of lukewarm food, but the delightful surprise of blue milk and Porg meat. Conversation with fellow passengers is, however, as appealing as a close encounter with Jabba the Hutt, and so they retreat into their bubble, pulling out their phone and playing a game, turning every passing air steward into a potential Stormtrooper.

But, like any good Star Wars protagonist, they can’t avoid their destiny forever, as they find themselves cornered into small talk with an overly enthusiastic neighbor. The INTP, channeling their inner Obi-Wan, employs the Jedi Mind Trick – or their closest approximation, which is nodding and muttering non-committal noises, while mentally piloting the Millennium Falcon through hostile territory.

Back on Earth, the INTP will dismiss the flight as an uneventful journey in a metal tube with wings. But in their mind, it was a daring space saga. No droids were found, no Death Stars destroyed, but they still emerged victorious, having survived social interaction — quite the heroic feat for our INTP.

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The ENFP

The ENFP, aptly named the ‘Campaigner’, embarks on the flight with the uncontained enthusiasm of a kid entering a candy store. Their mind, a rapidfire pinball machine of thoughts, is already picturing the flight as an action-packed blockbuster movie, where they are the kind-hearted hero. The pre-flight safety demonstration, in their imagination, transforms into a thrilling action sequence. As the flight attendant demonstrates the use of oxygen masks, the ENFP is already visualizing themselves heroically assisting fellow passengers, amidst a dramatic soundtrack.

Once in the air, their vivid imagination escalates even further. The humming airplane engine becomes a symphony of technology, a testament to human progress, and the airplane food is an adventure in itself. It’s not just a mediocre tray of reheated pasta and salad; it’s an exotic culinary experience from a distant land. One bite, and the ENFP is transported to a rustic villa in Italy, engaged in lively banter with the locals. Despite their infectious enthusiasm, the ENFP’s animated antics are not always well-received; the INTJ, for example, shoots them a stern glare, clearly overstimulated by the ENFP’s wild imagination.

The ENFP, as the airplane hits a bit of turbulence, experiences a sudden rush of adrenaline. In their mind, a storyline blossoms in full Hollywood fashion. They’re in a disaster movie now — the plane jerking wildly amidst stormy skies. Amidst the chaos, they lock eyes with a co-passenger, a beautiful stranger with fear in their eyes. The ENFP, true to their heroic image, offers a reassuring smile, taking their hand and promising to stick together no matter what. Their heart flutters with the sudden thrill of airborne romance, their imagination running wilder than the storm outside. But then, another bout of turbulence hits, harsher than the first. Reality crashes into their daydream, sending a jolt of genuine fear coursing through them. The imagined romance, the action hero persona, everything evaporates. The ENFP quickly fumbles into their bag, popping a melatonin. The Hollywood blockbuster is promptly replaced by dreams, hopefully less turbulent than their recent imagination spree.

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The ENTP

The ENTP, known as the ‘Trailblazer, boards the airplane with the same mischievous twinkle in their eyes with which they approach life. Their brain, a tornado of schemes and possibilities, is already cherry-picking the flight’s potential victims. The in-flight safety demonstration is observed with an impish grin, as they brainstorm ways to jazz it up – maybe replacing the oxygen masks with whoopie cushions, or the life jackets with inflatable flamingos. To the ENTP, this isn’t just a flight; it’s a golden opportunity to stage an episode of ‘Punk’d’ at 35,000 feet.

In true ENTP fashion, they set their sights on the first-class cabin, where the champagne flows like water and legroom isn’t a mere myth. They strike up a conversation with a nearby flight attendant, weaving a convoluted tale about how they’re an international food critic, en route to sample the world’s finest caviar. They spice up their lie with a dash of faux outrage about being assigned a economy seat and how this could be a PR disaster for the airline. The flight attendant, unnerved and convinced by the ENTP’s Oscar-worthy performance, quickly arranges a seat in first class.

Once seated comfortably in the luxurious lap of first class, the ENTP can’t help but chuckle at their successful ruse. They recline their plush seat and sip on their champagne, toasting to their own cunning. The first-class meal, they find, isn’t as exotic as their vibrant imagination had painted it to be. But it isn’t about the food anymore; it’s about the thrill of their successful charade. Their contentment is only slightly marred when the flight attendant, having realized their trickery, shoots them a vexed glare. But the ENTP just winks back and raises their glass in salute, relishing the sweet taste of triumph, both literally and metaphorically.

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The ISFJ

The ISFJ, or the ‘Defender’, steps onto the airplane with an air of determined calmness, much like a knight venturing into a dragon’s lair knowing full well that he’s allergic to fire. They’ve double-checked their boarding pass, triple-checked their seat number, and mentally rehearsed an emergency evacuation plan at least six times.

As they buckle up, they can’t help but notice the little things. The slightly frayed seatbelt, the tiny crack on the window pane, or the flight attendant who seems to be in a hurry. Every minor anomaly transforms into a potential catastrophe in their mind, and it feels like they are seated in an episode of ‘Air Crash Investigation’ waiting to happen.

They sit through the safety demonstration with rapt attention, memorizing every detail. They scrutinize their fellow passengers, trying to assess who would be a liability and who would be an ally in case of an emergency. The toddler with an annoyingly loud voice? Potential distraction. The muscular guy two rows ahead? Potential helper.

When the plane hits turbulence, the ISFJ’s heart starts pounding like a drum at a rock concert. But they put on their best poker face, not wanting to alarm their fellow passengers. They take deep breaths, reminding themselves that turbulence is normal, despite their mind illustrating vivid scenarios of free-falling aircraft.

As the meal trolley rolls by, they can’t help but wonder if the food is safe to eat. They remember that one episode from “Airplane disasters” where bad fish took down an entire plane. They warily inspect their food tray, debating whether they should risk it. They decide to survive on a diet of ginger ale and packaged nuts, just to be safe.

Despite their internal catastrophizing, the ISFJ maintains a serene exterior. They smile politely, engage in small talk, and even laugh at the co-passenger’s lame jokes. They want to be that reassuring presence, that beacon of calm in the tiny, pressurized, airborne world.

The moment the captain announces the descent, the ISFJ’s heart takes a metaphorical sigh of relief. As the plane’s wheels touch the tarmac, they feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, like a knight who managed to steal the dragon’s treasure and escape the lair unscathed. While debarking, they cast an appreciative glance at the aircraft, their trusty steed that carried them across the skies safely. But even amidst the relief, they can’t shake off the their dutiful nature. They pause to double-check their seat for any left belongings, meticulously fold the in-flight magazine and straighten the safety card in the seat pocket, leaving their small world just the way they found it.

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The ISTJ

The ISTJ, the ‘Inspector’, steps onto the airplane with the sober efficiency of a seasoned pilot inspecting his aircraft. Their keen eyes sweep over the cabin, mentally cataloging each detail. The skewed seat number tag? Needs to be straightened. The crumpled in-flight magazine? Must be smoothed out and realigned in the pocket.

As they settle into their seat, they pull out a sanitizer wipe, cleaning the tray table with the dedication of a surgeon preparing for a complex operation. Their fellow passengers might be confused, but for the ISTJ, cleanliness and order are not a compulsion, but a lifestyle.

With a swift glance at the overhead compartment, the ISTJ realizes there’s a suitcase haphazardly shoved in, threatening to burst open and rain down a hailstorm of clothes and duty-free perfumes. With the meticulous precision of a bomb disposal expert, they rearrange the luggage, ensuring each bag is safely stowed away. The grateful nods from fellow passengers are met with a modest shrug; the ISTJ doesn’t need accolades for doing what’s right.

Later on, the ISTJ, ever the enforcer of order, observes an escalating situation from a distance. A passenger’s voice, shrill and demanding, cuts through the cabin’s hum like a knife through butter. And what’s the cause for this mid-air ruckus? Peanuts – or, more precisely, the lack thereof. The ISTJ takes a deep sigh, fastening their metaphorical cape, and decides that it’s time for the ‘Inspector’ to intervene. They calmly approach the disgruntled peanut enthusiast with the composed demeanor of a United Nations peace negotiator.

“Sir,” they begin, their voice steady, “I understand your frustration. Peanuts are a crucial part of the in-flight experience. However, I believe there has been a misunderstanding.” As they continue to speak, the ISTJ skillfully navigates the conversation like a seasoned diplomat, explaining the flight’s peanut policy with such clarity and precision that the disgruntled passenger is left speechless.

In the end, the passenger, completely disarmed, mumbles an embarrassed apology to the flight attendant, and retreats to his seat. The ISTJ, having successfully defused a potential ‘Peanut-gate’, returns to their seat, a slight smile playing on their lips. Their job here, it seems, is done. They take out their neatly folded newspaper, ready to dive back into their world of structure and order. Another crisis averted by the ISTJ – all in a day’s work!

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The ESFJ

The ESFJ, known as the ‘Host’, steps onto the airplane brimming with friendliness, a comforting warmth emanating from them like a freshly baked apple pie. As they walk down the aisle, they greet each passenger with a nod and a smile, turning the pressurized cabin into a cozy neighborhood block party.

Before they can even take their seat, they are already assessing the needs of their fellow passengers. The elderly lady struggling with the overhead compartment? They’re on it. The single parent juggling two sugar-high twins and a bag of snacks? They’re already folding up their sleeves, ready to transform into a makeshift babysitter.

As the safety demonstration begins, they watch with an almost reverent attention, deeply appreciating the tradition of it all. The familiar dance of flight attendants demonstrating the buckling and unbuckling of a seat belt causes their heart to flutter in nostalgia. It’s not just a safety demonstration to them, it’s a choreographed ballet symbolizing the start of a journey.

When turbulence hits, the ESFJ’s first instinct is not fear, but concern for their fellow passengers. They check on the nervous-looking teenager beside them, patting their hand reassuringly. They crack jokes to lighten the mood, their laughter echoing through the cabin, spreading like an infectious disease, only the good kind.

When the meal trolley rolls around, the ESFJ transforms into a culinary connoisseur. They don’t just accept their meal, they host a mini feast right there at 35,000 feet. They chat about the meal, comparing it with similar dishes they’ve had on other flights, turning a simple in-flight meal into a multi-sensorial culinary journey.

As the plane begins its descent, they initiate a round of applause for the flight crew, transforming the cabin into a mini celebration. Upon landing, they’re the last to leave, bidding farewell to each passenger as if they were long-lost friends.

In the world of the ESFJ, a flight is not just a means of travel. It’s a chance to host a sky-high gathering, a unique blend of tradition and harmony, where everyone gets home, not just in location, but in spirit.

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The ESTJ

The ESTJ, otherwise known as the ‘Captain’, strides onto the airplane with an air of authority that could make a four-star general blush. As they navigate through the narrow aisle, their keen eyes analyze the efficiency (or lack thereof) of the boarding process, their mind already creating flowcharts for optimization.

No sooner have they taken their seat than they notice a commotion a few rows ahead. A group of kids, high on sugar and vacation excitement, have turned the cabin into a makeshift jungle gym. The ESTJ, ever the natural leader, rises from their seat, their expression so stern it could make an onion cry.

They approach the unruly children, using their commanding voice to get their attention. “Listen here, young ones,” they begin, their words peppered with a strange mix of stern rebuke and gentle sincerity. “This is not a playground, it’s an airplane. This means inside voices, staying seated, and no climbing.” Though they maintain a firm tone, their twinkling eyes betray a fondness for kids just being kids.

Returning to their seat, the ESTJ pulls out a notepad, pen poised and ready. As the inflight service commences, they score each aspect from efficiency of delivery to the quality of the chicken or fish. A quizzical eyebrow is raised at the overcooked pasta, and a silent nod of approval is given to the flight attendant’s swift beverage service.

When the turbulence hits, the ESTJ remains calm, cool, and collected. Rather than panicking, they instead become a beacon of reassurance for the passengers around them. With a confident grin, they reassure their seatmate, “Don’t worry, it’s just God playing marbles.”

Upon landing, the ESTJ takes a moment to compliment the cabin crew on their hard work, offering their critique in a constructive, beneficial manner. As they disembark from the plane, they leave behind a trail of order, structure, and a couple of tamed wild children. The ESTJ, the true ‘Administrator’ of the skies.

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The ISFP

The ISFP, affectionately referred to as the ‘Artist’, glides onto the airplane with an air of quiet tranquility, as though they were walking through a serene forest rather than a bustling cabin. They carry with them not just their hand luggage, but a miniature guitar and a sketchpad filled with doodles that could make Picasso rethink his career choices.

Settling into their seat by the window, they bring out the sketchpad. Their hand dances over the blank page, the pen creating a symphony of lines and shapes, each stroke a note that adds to their visual melody. To them, the hum of the engines isn’t a mechanical drone; it’s the bass line to the soundtrack of their creativity.

Their guitar, small enough to not be a nuisance yet large enough to hold a universe of melodies, rests against the seat, its strings whispering stories of campfires and starlit serenades. Every now and then, their fingers stray from the sketchpad, plucking a gentle tune from the strings. It’s not loud enough to disturb anyone, but just loud enough to turn the murmurs of conversation and the drone of the engines into a harmonious symphony.

When the turbulence hits, where others see a shaking plane, the ISFP sees a shaking canvas. They allow their pen to move with the rhythm of the turbulence, turning what others perceive as a discomfort into a unique art form. They reassure their worried seatmate not with words, but with a calming smile and a show of their turbulence-inspired artwork.

As the plane descends, the ISFP takes a moment to strum a gentle farewell melody on their guitar, turning the usually mundane experience of landing into a poetic conclusion for their high-altitude creative session. As they leave the plane, they leave behind a ripple of calm, a few memorable melodies, and the faint scent of creative inspiration.

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The ISTP

The ISTP, often coined the ‘Vigilante’, boards the airplane with the same nonchalant swagger as Han Solo boarding the Millennium Falcon. They scan the cabin with a quiet, almost predatory intensity, their eyes taking in every minute detail, from the screws in the overhead compartments to the safety pamphlet in the seat pocket. You see, ISTPs are the MacGyvers of the world – give them a paperclip and a chewing gum wrapper, and they’ll build you a fully functional aircraft.

Finding their seat, they settle down, a pair of earbuds as their only company. They aren’t here to socialize, they’re here to survive the journey.

While comfortably seated, an elderly lady next to the ISTP starts rummaging in her handbag and pulls out a clear bag of homemade cookies. The ISTP, who has a legendary sweet tooth, can’t help but notice the tantalizing aroma wafting through the air. For cookies, even the nonchalant ISTP considers breaking their unsocial rule.

Without saying a word, they flash a roguish grin at the lady, who seems quite charmed by their silent appeal.

The lady, entranced by their grin, offers the cookie bag to the ISTP. Without missing a beat, they take the entire bag, thanking her with a nod. The lady, a bit taken aback, chuckles and shakes her head, no doubt amused by the audacity. The ISTP, now victoriously munching on their spoils, winks at her. Let it be known: when it comes to sweets, an ISTP doesn’t take half measures.

When turbulence strikes, while others are grabbing armrests, ISTP’s eyebrows just lift slightly, “Rough air, huh? Just a tiny hiccup in the atmospheric pressure gradient, nothing to lose your lunch over.” And when the lights flicker ominously, they reach into their bag, pulling out a pocket flashlight like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Because for an ISTP, it is.

As the plane lands, they’re already packed and ready to go, a model of efficiency. They disembark with a nod to the flight attendant and a wry, “Keep the seat warm for me, kid.” As they stride away, they leave behind an aura of enigmatic coolness, a splash of snark, and a cabin slightly more prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

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The ESFP

The ESFP, known as the ‘Champion’, bounds onto the plane with the kind of energy that gives the Energizer Bunny an inferiority complex. They strut down the aisle, treating it as their personal runway, parting the sea of passengers with their contagious smile and unstoppable charisma. They don’t just find their seat, they make it their stage.

Armed with a smartphone and a personality that could outshine Broadway, the ESFP swiftly recruits their seatmate for an impromptu TikTok video. The poor soul doesn’t stand a chance and finds themselves lip-syncing to the latest viral pop song, complete with choreographed dance moves. Somewhere between the chorus and the bridge, the seatmate’s mortified expression morphs into a grin. The ESFP’s enthusiasm is infectious.

Behind them, a toddler begins to fuss. Without missing a beat, the ESFP pivots in their seat. With a few rounds of peek-a-boo, a goofy face or two, and a chorus of giggles, the toddler is gleefully entertained, and so is the rest of the cabin.

The ESFP’s charm is not limited to their immediate vicinity. By the time the plane reaches cruising altitude, they’ve made friends with half the cabin, including the flight attendants. The only thing spreading faster than their social network is their laughter. This isn’t just a flight; it’s a mid-air party hosted by the ESFP.

As the plane lands, the ESFP adds a couple dozen more phone numbers to their contact list and has planned out a hiking excursion/bonfire with several fellow passengers. They disembark with the same zeal they boarded with, leaving behind not just a plane full of amused passengers, but also a TikTok video that’s bound to go viral. The ESFP – turning the mundane into the extraordinary, one flight at a time.

Find out more about ESFPs: 24 Signs That You’re an ESFP, the Champion Personality Type

The ESTP

The ESTP, known as the ‘Daredevil’, strides onto the plane with the swagger of a star quarterback entering the Super Bowl. They’re not just on a flight; they’re in their own personal action-packed blockbuster, and they’re ready to play the leading role.

Their confident aura shines brighter than the ‘Fasten Seatbelt’ sign. They’re already mentally rehearsing their Oscar-winning performance – rescuing a choking passenger using swift Heimlich maneuvers, or perhaps calming a hysterical flyer with the smooth charm of a veteran skydiver. They’ve got this.

The ESTP settles into their seat, but ‘settling’ is hardly the term for it. More like ‘getting ready for launch.’ They’re eagerly anticipating any mid-flight mishap. A spill in the aisle is an opportunity for a dramatic dive, and sudden turbulence is merely the opening act for their upcoming heroism.

When a mild panic arises due to minor turbulence, they rise like a phoenix from the ashes, assuring their fellow passengers with an impromptu speech on aerodynamics and the statistical improbability of plane accidents. Their words, a mix of high adrenaline and brash confidence, comfort the distressed passengers, turning the turbulent fright into a thrilling ride.

The flight ends all too soon for the ESTP. No chance to rescue a cat stuck in the overhead bin, no opportunity to stop a runaway beverage cart with a well-aimed shoe. But as they disembark, their eyes are alight with excitement and anticipation. And as they stride off into the airport, one might hear them mutter, “Maybe on the return flight.”

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What Are Your Thoughts?

So, there you have it – the great airborne extravaganza of all 16 personality types. Whether you are the ESTP diving headfirst into turbulence-induced chaos or the ESFP turning an ordinary flight into a mid-air party, there’s no denying that air travel can be a wild ride. But hey, what about you? Have you spotted your personality type in these airborne antics? Or perhaps, you’ve got a story of your own! Go on, spill the beans in the comments!

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  1. Captain INTP here (former USAF Pilot) – I do prefer looking out the front windows of an airplane to the extent that I entered USAF Pilot Training near the end of the Vietnam War – Don’t tell anyone, but I was dodging the draft. Graduated at the top of my class in Academics. Was assigned to an elite squadron and flew 75 combat missions before the war ended. Commercial flying is just a means of getting someplace and I prefer peace and quiet, ignoring talkative seatmates.

  2. I love your posts, Susan!!
    I’m just curious? When did you fly with me, the ISFJ and my husband, the ISTP?
    This post is spot on!! Bravo!!

  3. Omg!! This was the most hilarious one yet! I really enjoyed reading each one and laughed so much! Thank you for this! You are such a gifted writer! I’m an INFJ and that is very much my flight experience! Lol!

  4. Nailed it! I am a INFJ and a flight above all the day to day concerns of humanity always gives me time to ponder and wonder. It’s a chance to have a view of our species and it’s existence. I also find it is a time to take stock of my blessings. I love to fly, especially with a window seat

  5. Let’s just say as a NV native & Family Nurse Practitioner who worked Security at the Nevada Test Site before my degrees & niece & Grandaughter of LVMPD officers, I’m several. When I boarded flights to Boston & Chicago after 9/11, I stepped on informed them I’m a FNP, wufe, Mother of 3, Grandmother of 6 & have every intention of coming home the way I left if they need anything. On a flight from my MSN school in NE, the Flight attendant asked me & I’ve given Benadryl for the pilot stung by a bee before take off. These current days, I’m not going to tolerate all the craziness going on & would be the first to jump up & stop it & assist staff!

  6. I’ve never really had a flight situation where I was forced to talk to another person, and that’s for someone who was apparently been on flights since I was carried around as a baby on airplanes with my parents, so I don’t know life without having had been on an airplane at some point. Maybe I’m just in a place where people won’t usually chat with you as a stranger on the plane, so I don’t know. Apparently in other places, people do that often, so I’m lucky. Yeah, usually I’m on a device, reading a book, or writing on a journal. I don’t really think much about planes, the airplane, or the technical details of it. I’m into technical details on a lot of other things, and I’d relate more to the types who just daydream imaginary situations in their head, while looking at the clouds outside.

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