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A Sick Question For F/A And Pax  
User currently offlineSkoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11646 times:

Don't know why I was thinking about this, but I was wondering how often somebody gets sick on a flight (like throws up).

Is it like one or two people every flight, or once in a blue moon?

And if that person should miss the barf bag, what do you do? I'd hate to be stuck next to a puke-covered seat for a 3 hour flight.

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User currently offlineSJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11564 times:

I've wondered this too, but never went so far as to post it. I've never seen the barf bag ever being used. I noticed with RyanAir they had no seat pocket, and no bag -- at least that I could find. Modern airliners seem fairly stable, it seems like air sickness is not such a big deal, but I could be wrong.

User currently offlineStormbringer From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11534 times:

I've never seen one used either, except maybe as a notepad, or garbage bag. I think that you have a better chance of getting sick from a bad meal than air sickness these days.

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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11477 times:

When i flew back from Orlando to Gatwick a few years ago, before take off a baby in the row behind us was either sick or had shat himself (or both). The baby and it's family were moved but we had to put up with the smell for the 9 hour trip to Gatwick. What made it worse is that they tried to cover the smell with air freshener, however it just mixed in with the smell, making it even more unbearable.

User currently offlineScintx From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11463 times:

Let me tell you my story about the Vomit Brothers. I was on a CO flight from IAH to SAN. I'm in coach on this flight and I got a mom and her two spaz son's in front of me. This two spazoids are around 6-7 years old. They constantly recline the seat, scream, fight, cry, yell, jump up and down and you name it. Mom on the other hand does nothing during all of this. Shortly one of the brothers begins to barf all over himself and the other follows him in minutes and barfs all of the place and it appeared again they got it on themselves and not the seats. There wasn't a smell issue either The barf bag was never used. After this they got really quiet and the flight was great.

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User currently offlineToTheStars From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11443 times:

I've picked up quite a few barf bags over the years...(preferably on a tray...cause the bag is usually warm)...LOL... Sometimes one person barfing causes a chain reaction, which is not much fun. We had to place it in one of the bio hazzard bags that was located in the first aid kit.
At my former airline if someone became sick and missed the bag, we would try and move that person and others in the row to vacant seats. If that wasnt possible we would sprinkle loose coffee grounds on the "stain" and use extra first class linen or a blanket to cover it, and have the cockpit radio ahead to the next station for a seat cushion replacement. Each station actually had a designated bio-hazzard tech who would come on and clean up the mess at the next stop. Hope that answers your sick question. :P

[Edited 2006-07-19 21:49:45]

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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3312 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11420 times:

Mr Bean used the sick bag...  Smile or rather some little kid used it and he blew up the bag and made it explod...... Big grin

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User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11346 times:

It happens quite often. The real problem is that folks tend to not use the airsick bag...or at least it seems that way. I cannot tell you how many times we have had to replace the leather seat covers, seat belts and portions of carpet because an airsick bag wasn't used. One time a kid took out the entire row ahead of him too!!!  vomit 

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User currently offlineBeefstew25 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11325 times:

My daughter (10 months old) has a nasty habit of shatting on takeoff. The used and abused diper goes into the barf bag until a flight attendant can swing by and grab it...

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User currently offlineSKYYBLUE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11263 times:

I usually have a sick pax about once a month. The last incident being a young child on his mothers lap started barfing. The poor parents were COVERED. The smell filled the cabin air, for a split second I thought I would start vomiting. This happend on final approach which caused even more of a problem as the mother got up to clean the child and herself in the lav. We donned our HANDY "bluegloves" and helped her out and got her seated again. I just cant take the smell of it.

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11243 times:

In 18 years of flying, I've never seen one used...

Funny thing is there was a story on the local news last night (WJW, FOX 8 in Cleveland) about US Airways selling ad space on the barf bags (or are they "Altitude Discomfort Bags" now?).

I immediately thought of Ryanair.

The story also made mention that the bags are "rarely used any more"

Quoting Scintx (Reply 4):
This two spazoids are around 6-7 years old. They constantly recline the seat, scream, fight, cry, yell, jump up and down and you name it.

I usually* have that type of pax behind me... Unbuckling my seatbelt, looking over the seat, making eye contact and saying "Please...stop...kicking...my...seat." always does the charm. I wait about 20-30 minutes before doing this though to see if the parent will do anything.


*- Usually- In the past three years, I've only had one; but before that, it seemed like every flight I was on if there was a screaming miscreant, they were behind me.

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User currently offlineSpeedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 915 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11214 times:

I've been handed a few sick bags in my time. Thing is as crew, we are not actually allowed to handle them (no more threads or posts about BA crew being rude or not doing our jobs to best of standards please!!!)
As food handlers, we are not allowed to touch vomit so we have to actually ask the passengers to deposit of the sick bags in the aircraft toilet waste bins themselves. If thats not possible, for example, a single parent trying to sort out the child etc, we will then get our gloves on and bio-hazard bags and ask the passenger to place the bag into the bio-hazard bag which is then sealed and deposited in the aircraft toilet waste bin.
You dont really get that many people being sick these days, its become rare. Either that or i have just had a spell of good luck lol.
Safe flying all  Smile

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User currently offlineStormbringer From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11202 times:

Quoting Beefstew25 (Reply 8):
My daughter (10 months old) has a nasty habit of shatting on takeoff. The used and abused diper goes into the barf bag until a flight attendant can swing by and grab it...

FA's actually do that? I would have thought it would be the parent's job to dispose of it in a receptacle in the lavatory. Hope you were real nice to her.  yuck 

Does this mean you changed the diaper in the seat?

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User currently offlineBAxMAN From St. Helena, joined May 2004, 671 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11202 times:

Unfortunately, I'm one of those who are quite grateful for the barf bag. For me, it always happens when the plane starts descending. I've tried flying on a full stomach, an empty stomach, sleeping, staying awake, drinking water, drinking nothing, flying Y, flying J - everything! But on around 70% of longhaul flights, I unwillingly have some sort of bodily reaction. If I'm lucky, it will be puke and I can embarassingly use the barf bag. If I'm unlucky, it will be action at the rear-end and the need to visit the bathroom is intense. Irritatingly, the seatbelt light is illuminated and it is most uncomfortable. No seepage yet, thank God.

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8047 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11182 times:

Oh I've had much worse. I use the bag for all the trash generated by the meal (all that plastic!) and on a NW 747-100 from Boston to LGW (which was accomplished, incidentally, in a teeth-rattling 4 hours 50 mins) I pulled out the bag, stuck my hand in to ruffle it open and TA DA! someone had barfed into it then helpfully put it back in the seat pocket on the previous flight.

Only in the oil age could someone put their hand in a bag of sick, close to the speed of sound eight miles above the North Atlantic. I'm sure that when I'm in my old age and trying to grow food without getting killed by a marauding gang or eaten by a bear, I'll look back on the incident with great fondness and nostalgia.

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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13031 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 days ago) and read 11160 times:

Perhaps the greater use an avilability of motion sickness prevention drugs (over the counter and prescription) has reduced the need to 'hit the bag'

User currently offlineScintx From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11056 times:

Back on New Years day 1982 I flew on Bar Harbor Airlines from PQI (Presque Isle Maine) to BOS. I had a massive hang over. This was one of the worst ever. The first plane was a CV580 or 600. I can not express enough how I felt like crap. We had an unscheduled plane change in Augusta Maine. I heard the reason was ice? We got on a CASA plane (photo on A.Net?) and continued to BOS in a very bumpy ride. Just before landing I'm just about to spill my cookies, but by the grace of the Lord we landed and all was saved. The point of this story was in Boston I decided to force myself to vomit and realized that the "Discomfort Bag" was three times to small for the volume I barfed. There is no way an airline barf bag is going to cut it for me. The good thing is I've got a perfect barf record and plan on keeping it that way. Another point is do not ever fly with a massive hangover!!


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9489 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11056 times:

Wow, I'm personally amazed that so few people have used them. I've heard of long haul flights that experience bad turbulence and it turns into a chain reaction event especially on flights between the US and Australia/New Zealand where it can be turbulent for hours over the open waters and the pilots can't do anything about it.

I personally had one bad experience on an Asiana flight Seoul-Seattle on a 744Combi on the upper deck. I ended up using three bags. Fortunately Asiana put two in each of the amenity kits for business class. I had to borrow one of my neighbor's too. (It's a good think he didn't speak English because I have no idea what he would have said.) I was feeling reasonable before getting on the plane, but I had just spent a week in India. After dinner, I got sick. It was miserable. I rang the flight attendant call button and she came over and asked if I needed anything. I can still remember the absolute horrible look of the cute little Korean flight attendant gave me as I handed her the filled bag as she held it as far away from her body as possible and plugged her nose. The same thing was repeated twice more during the flight. That was a horrible flight. On top of that the oxygen masks above my seat deployed upon landing in SEA and I got wacked in the face with that little yellow cup, which wasn't a great way to end the flight. I kept the another bag and proceeded to use it while in the immigration line after the flight. I wish I had a fifth for the car ride home. I was sick for the entire week after that flight and have proceeded to never fly Asiana again.

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User currently offlineEmSeeEye From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11052 times:

The best remedy is pure salt under the tounge! About a teaspoon. When you feel sick to your stomach just swallow a small amount and it will prevent you from vomiting. In fact the taste of that amount of salt going down will more than distract you.

User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10889 times:

I used to use them for garbage (especially gum since there's no other good place for it) but on one flight a FA told me that they weren't for trash. I haven't since. Come to think of it that NW attendant was the rudest I've encountered, but her rudeness was limited to that - that is to say, I've had pretty good FAs. Anyway, now I don't use them at all, I use lifesavers or cremesavers instead of gum for my ears, and I put wrappers on the floor and pick them up when garbage collection occurs.

User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1059 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10771 times:

Cleaning planes I've run across a few puke filled blankets. Also came across a seatback pocket filled with puke. Havn't found any barf bags filled though.


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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10736 times:

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 14):
on a NW 747-100 from Boston to LGW (which was accomplished, incidentally, in a teeth-rattling 4 hours 50 mins)

Man, they must have been hauling ass, and had a great tailwind.... was that 4:50 gate to gate or off to on?

[Edited 2006-07-20 01:37:57]

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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10736 times:

Like BA, we at Qantas are not allowed to handle them either. So your not alone mate!!!!!

We also have advertising on our sick bags.

They do get used often, but people still tend to get up to make there way to the tilet before using the bag. This usually causes problems as people vomit on seats, floor, etc etc...

We usually change the seat cover/Cushion... for example we will take the Crew rest cushion and replace it, use our bio-hazard equipment to clean it up.

Hope that helps!


User currently offlineKULatICT From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 10542 times:

well, if i'm on that long haul flight, there would be a 50% chance of a puking person (thanks to me)... my latest occurance: June 16 on CX's flight from SFO - HKG... even flying on first class.... so embarassing... though i managed to get myself into the lav.... everytime, i usually threw up in the baft bag & then seal it nicely & hand them to the FA or tosh them myself... hope my next coming flight i won't fee sick

User currently offlineNWA757boy From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 10458 times:

On an NK flight probably close to 8 years ago I started to get sick when were descending, I had an inner ear infection, or sinus infection or something and felt myself starting to get sick, I grabbed the vomit bag, I thought I had it opened but I didnt, and with my eyes closed, puked all over myself and side of the bag....

After we landed, the flight attendants didnt do too much to help me clean up, I was an uncompained minor at the time. The elderly lady next to me helped me clean up though Smile

25 Post contains images RC135U : That's gotta be the toughest part - and hoping that it doesn't get everyone else barfing. Wonder if a dollop of menthol under the nose (like Jodie Fo
26 Chase : I flew STL-DAY-EWR-MUC on the same plane (TW) in 1994. Seems odd now. Anyway, the row of seats across the aisle from me was empty, because someone had
27 FlyingColours : Like BA and QF we were not allowed to touch nappies/diapers or vomit when with Excel and its the same over here at DP. My most memorable one to date w
28 Cedarjet : I think it was off to on. It was the expected flight time announced as we taxiied. I didn't check my watch to see if it was accurate but we were way
29 ILCFII : I don't fly commercially (just flight instruct), but I have had students/passengers use the bag atleast 3 times over the past year. Small planes are d
30 Mikkimus : Contemplated active BArf bags all around me (paying psgr) on L1011 G-BEAM, breezy approach to LHR from CDG 26 Feb 90. P/A comment from the cockpit aft
31 Beefstew25 : It happened right at take off, and shat was everywhere....we had no choice but to change the diaper right then and there. Daughter was smiling the wh
32 Geo772 : Some months back I went out to an arriving aircraft to do the routine work and incoming defects and was greeted by an apologetic crew saying that a wo
33 YYZYYT : Happened to a boy seating across the aisle from me on a rough landing in CUN a few years back. The smell and sound, combined with what was already a
34 Post contains images NZ8800 : You get THREE airsick bags on the SAAB flights to Wellington, and some people need them!
35 TinPusher007 : There is a very simple answer to this question. I used to be a ramp agent, and basically when the plane lands, we get asked to clean it up. I've seen
36 Thatplaneguy : Hi Roseflyer: Just curious about your statements. Do you think it was the food you ate onboard that made you sick, or was it a reaction to your week
37 Post contains images MHO : I just heard in passing, on NPR, that a company wants to place ads on barf bags. It made me think that I haven't even noticed one in recent years. I g
38 Chase : Not attempting to answer for RoseFlyer, but it could be that something in India made him/her sick, and his/her subsequent avoidance of Asiana may be
39 Post contains images Skoker : Buh-bye dreams of being a ramper then. I'm a huge emetophobic
40 Post contains images FLY2LIM : Not sure how they get this "statistic" but, as we know, news reporters call aircraft involved in crashes by any model they feel like. I have been fly
41 TakeOff : I got really sick once flying from JFK to ATH on DL's 132. Basically, I was throwing up for the last 4 hours of the flight. Arrived in ATH miserable a
42 YULWinterSkies : Just a side comment/question : does the crew have some kind of medication in the first aid kits that are made to prevent you from throwing up? (or hel
43 N353SK : Passenger sickness is still common on small planes. Whenever we have a flight on a BE1 that's headed through a storm I see the FO walking out with a s
44 87dreamin : Once took a US BWI-LAX flight with my wife and our then 13-month-old son. IIRC, it was a 757, and it was packed to the rafters. We were seated DEF. Du
45 Post contains images NZ8800 : You can also ask your GP for a prescription for Cyclizine or Metoclopramide (antiemetics) and take them an hour or two before the flight - there are a
46 Longhaulheavy : I once boarded an AF ORD-CDG flight, and the smell of vomit hung in the air. Apparently, someone had thrown up onto their seat on the previous flight,
47 MCOflyer : One year (i think it was 98), it was 4th of july weekend and I was sick. We were @ 35000ft in a 733, and I barfed into that bag like there was nothing
48 Post contains images HAWK21M : Give the Pax a Bucket of Cleaning Fluid & a Rag Seriosly speaking....I think the F/A would need to do the Needfull. regds MEL
49 FLY2LIM : Well, I was just having fun NZ, and I wanted to establish my a.nut awards for SOMETHING, so I chose vomit, ha ha ha. FLY2LIM
50 EHRD : On my last flight a few months ago someone really got sick on the airplane. It was a domestic flight in Poland on a Jetstream 32 from Lodz to Warsaw.
51 RoseFlyer : I'm not sure what made me sick. I felt fine when flying Delhi-Seoul, and felt fine during the overnight stay in Seoul. I get on the Asiana 747 in Seo
52 Skoker : On 'Flight Attendant School' (Travel Channel, off-the-air now) one of the F/A's in training got sick on a checkflight. Has anybody ever tried Dramami
53 Post contains images Leezyjet : I have used the barf bags only once on a flight and that was because I was seriously ill, not because of the flight. I managed to fill 4 up before we
54 Scintx : I'm laughing so hard I'm ready to barf. Sorry for your misery and trying not to laugh but I does sound funny.
55 1011 : I had the great experience of sitting in a damp Delta 764 seat from ATL-FLL. The flight was full. I just thought it was a spilled drink until I smelle
56 Skoker : Why do airlines let people who get sick even before take-off fly? Wouldn't they be a liability in case they got sicker and the flight had to divert?
57 Sjcrrpax : I easily make that many r/t year, and I still have never seen anyone use the bag.., what am I doing wrong? Maybe its because most of my flights origi
58 LHR777 : We call them 'barf-bags' (US) or 'sick-bags' (UK), but did you know that they're actually called a 'Cuspidor'? Cuspidor - noun - a 'spittoon' Origin -
59 Airnewzealand : You want to hear something disgusting??? Well let me tell you about a flight i operated in 2004... CGK-SYD Qantas 767-300ER This remains the most disg
60 SJCRRPAX : Yea, I think that did it. I think we can terminate this thread now, nobody can top it.
61 Post contains images United757 : When I first started taking flying lessons, I had a particularly bad sinus infection, and got dizzy during my first lesson ( we were in a 172sp w/ a g
62 NZ8800 : LOL I should have taken you less seriously mate. Maybe he had schizophrenia - the voices can tell them to do degrading things like that sometimes.
63 FlyGuyDTW : I actually had a flight the other day on a 764 from MAN - EWR where the cross winds on landing were so bad that we aborted landing on 22L and swung ar
64 Post contains images ExFATboy : Of course not, on Ryanair you have to request the bag, which costs 4 pounds plus a 3 pound "disposal fee" Sometimes it just can't be helped!
65 Falstaff : When I was 9 (1984-1985) I flew on a Republic DC-9 from LAS to DEN and a drunk guy barfed all over me. My mom and dad were sitting across the aisle fr
66 Post contains links Wjcandee : Quoting Scintx (Reply 4): Let me tell you my story about the Vomit Brothers Bravo. I was laughing out loud after just reading this sentence. Classic.
67 Falstaff : I have one more that I didn't mention. This did not happen to me, but my friend, Alex, was flying on SWA from DTW to STL in 2003 and he reached in the
68 Post contains images Skydrol : I have seen others puke on many flights, and I have several times. Although I find turbulence fun, my stomach does not agree. Two times I can think o
69 Post contains images Zippyjet : On flights to and from MCO the question to ask is how often these flights have no incidences of puking and sickness? And New York City and Boston flig
70 Post contains images FlyMIA : Do you find that students get used to it after a while? Ever had a student that would get sick or just uncomfortble first few flights and than be alr
71 Zippyjet : Funny you should bring that up! To make a long story short; Back in '76 WAVA a DC (Washington) had a traffic plane and you could fly shotgun for free
72 Glasgow : Ive only ever been sick once inflight. Flying from KOS - GLA a few years back we had a very dodgy take-off (hence why i dont like take-off anymore!).
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