Being that David Sedaris is an extremely sarcastic man, most of his humor comes from his sarcasm. Most of the jokes in this chapter come from the crossword puzzle. Sedaris uses the crossword puzzle in two ways. One way was to defend himself and to make him look smarter. As according to Sedaris, people around him will think he is a "genius" for having the Times crossword puzzle. The second way is that Sedaris fills in the the boxes with incorrect words. He uses words that he wishes he could to say to the woman right now. It is funny because Sedaris is basically having a conversation in his mind between him and the woman. He spends most of the flight comparing himself to the woman and trying to think of how he is not an asshole. Also, another funny part is in the beginning with the cough drop and how Sedaris thinks of ways to get the cough drop off the woman. I think it is so interesting how all these hilarious things go through David Sedaris's mind.
"What did the fish say when it ran into the wall?"