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Most irritating person near you on a flight.

Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:07 AM
Join Date: May 2004
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Give me a break! If you don't like the thread, don't read it. Having said that, I will tell you about the time when I was a bad seatmate. I took my one year old on a flight and he was sitting on my lap. He spent most of the time batting at the newspaper that was being read by the businessman next to me. I was panicked and between apologies kept sticking his bottle of apple juice in his mouth. The gentleman next to me never said a word. When the plane arrived at the gate the man let me out first and we had to stand in the aisle waiting for the door to open. I looked at the flight attendant and she had a surprised expression on her face. I looked down and realized that the apple juice had done it's trick on my son's lower tract and there was a huge pool of diarrhea (sp?) on the floor blocking the exit, in addition to being all over him and all over me! I was mortified, to say the least. The people on that plane must have LOVED us.
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Feb 23rd, 2005, 08:19 AM
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I trust that all of these quite interesting and sometimes funny stories occured prior to 9/11 and the subsequent regulations. I understand that if someone is obviously drunk or reeking of alcohol that he/she is denied boarding. Same goes for those that smell really bad, have tendencies to pull someone's hair, take over part of one's seat, smoke on the plane, act out or otherwise disturb others in the cabin.
Bring these issues to the attention of the personnel operating the plane. If they do nothing, file a complaint afterwards. Nothing changes unless we take action.
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Feb 23rd, 2005, 11:10 AM
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Oh Weezie, we, too, have been the most irritating people to sit next do. Last year, after returning our car to the rental agency in Ft. L, my older son got sick. He said he felt a little better, so we cleaned up and went the airport. Guess who then got sick again - right in front of the metal detector at security? We gave him a bag, but he was so unused to having a stomach bug that he was forgetting to use it. We board the plane (I stayed with my son outside until the very last minute - actually, until I heard the flight attendants mention that we weren't on the plane and they could give away our seats!) Thirty minutes into the flight, guess who catches the stomach bug? Not as bad as my son, thank goodness, but bad enough where I needed to be very close to the bathroom. I spent the flight alternating b/w the really clean floor on the back of the plane and inside the bathroom. My husband did not realize I was gone, so he came back to use the bathroom and found me lying on the floor. What are you doing there? he asked. I told him I was fine, but wanted to stay in a prone position. Just then the flight attendant comes back and informs my husband that my son just got sick again. It was horrible. I KNOW people must have wondered why the sick family had to be on their plane, but we encountered lots of kindness.

An EMT on the plane came in the back and sat with me most of the flight. I really was fine (just needed to lie down), but he said he had a seat kicker kid behind him and he was happy to escape that. (I wrote a letter to USAir asking that they reward him with extra FF miles, and they actually responded and said they would!)

When we FINALLY got to the airport, we were informed our baggage was to be delayed an hour. (Yes, we live in PHL - where else?!) By then me and my sons were lying down on the carpet along the wall of baggage claim. A very kind woman came over and asked if we wanted her to get us any ginger ale or something to drink. Another young woman watched my boys while I headed off to the bathroom, for the 29th time. (No, my husband didn't run away from us, he went to go get the car so we could leave the airport as soon as we got our bags).

I truly hope you only have to endure an experience like this once in a lifetime!
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Feb 23rd, 2005, 11:17 AM
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orval, there was a drunk on a short flight with us last Sept from Fl to Atlanta. He sat next to my husband ranting and raving because they were not serving alchohol. Then he , leaning all the while against my husband, who sat in the middle, began a close up and personal question period of our finances LOL
The flight attendants gave us sympathetic looks.
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Feb 23rd, 2005, 12:32 PM
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karens, I once got a stomach flu that came on very suddenly shortly after I boarded my flight from Newark to SF, with a plane change in St. Louis. I was in similar condition to you, but the flight attendants pulled me off the plane and wouldn't let me fly the second leg to SF. Man, all I wanted to do was get HOME! They let me on the next flight a few hours later, and they were probably right to handle it as they did. And yes, I hope I never have to endure anything like that again!
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