Friday, May 28, 2010

Holiday Travel Horror Stories -- Or, How A Complete Stranger Vomited On Me on an Airplane Last Night

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 10:14 AM

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The Southwest flight attendants were nothing but helpful and sympathetic, I'll say that. In fact, the nicest one gave me free booze - "Cheap red wine!" is what he cheerfully insisted I needed. (He was right, of course.) You see, the flight was completely full - we're talking zero empty seats -- so after cleaning myself off, I had to go back to my seat. Where I found buzzcut sitting, with a huge garbage bag in case he decided to go for round two. Now, there was no chance in hell that I was going to sit in his vomit-cursed seat. He seemed somewhat surprised at this, which made absolutely no sense. But he moved out of the way for me, and I returned to my window, red wine in hand, hoping that the last 30 minutes of the flight would be over soon. Despite cleaning and sanitizing, the stench of vomit still hung in the air. The stuffy, non-circulating, airplane air. I'm pretty sure everyone around us wanted to kill the kid.

The flight attendant made good on his promise to give me another free drink after I downed the first one (which I did, thank you very much). So the rest of the flight went by fast. I perched on the edge of my seat as far, far away from buzzcut as I could. And when we finally landed, he sprinted off the plane with nary a look in my direction. I later saw him near baggage claim just sort of wandering around. I did not go near him.

Currently, I'm sitting at my parents' house, my dress in the washer, gearing up to clean my purse tomorrow. I'm no worse for the wear, and now I can cross "being vomited on by a stranger" off my life list.

So, dear Daily RFT readers: Do you have a travel horror story? Do share in the comments.

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