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Sick after flight 279 SW-Dallas to KCI

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My job flew me from Kansas City to Little Rock. They flew me Southwest. The first flight was from Kansas City to St. Louis to Little Rock. I think the St. Louis to Little Rock was the best of the flights. The lay over short, and arrived on time.

Going home, I had to fly from Little Rock to Dallas, Dallas to Kansas City. This was March 2nd. The first plane was delayed by 1 1/2 hours. Little Rock couldn't give me a time the plane would arrive, and I had no idea what to tell my family when to pick me up in Kansas City. it finally arrived, and was a quick flight to Dallas.

The Dallas plane to Kansas City was over 2 hours late. I had a B1 seat number, but when they gave me a new seat number, it was B39. There was a man coughing, and coughing, and clearly he was sick. He was nearly heaving. He was in his 20's. The plane arrived, 2 hours later, and it should've been 1 1/2 hours to KCI, but ended up being 2. The male flight attendants were awful. The sick man was 3 seats ahead of me, opposite of my aisle. His cough worsened during the flight. People on the plane began to cough.Needless to say, I finally arrived at KCI in the dark, at 8:30...boy do we have an uninhabited airport...the worse I've ever been to. I could've driven to Kansas City in the 10 hours it took me to fly, and between flight delays.

I got off the airplane, and waited 45 minutes for my luggage, which was actually waiting for me in a little room. (How long had it been there, before they called my name)? I was getting a funny headache. My Excedrin was packed in my check on luggage, cause I don't fly often, and didn't know you could put Excedrin in your carry on. I took 2, and felt better, but then I started to cough.....it is now day 3 or 4 of this cough. I have prescription cough medicine, but probably will need to go back to the doctor's Monday for an antibiotic. I was fine before I got on that plane. my birthday was yesterday, I practically slept through it. The cough medicine makes me sleepy. It was viral at first, and it might still be viral.

My question is, the guy was obviously sick....why didn't they give him a mask? I'm a nurse, and a mask would've atleast slowed the germs. I will certainly have a mask the next time I fly, if I ever fly again.

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