DC6BDreaming From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
I had the displeasure of traveling a US Airways Exrpress (Air Wisconsin) flight from YYZ to PHL late yesterday seated in 2F on a CRJ-400, a fully packed flight. The large gentlemen next to me with a heavy flannel shirt had a bad case of body odor. A man in front of me in 1F also had the same problem. I breathed through my mouth the entire flight!
They screen for all kinds of security breaches, but shouldn't they also screen for stink, especially on small cramped RJ aircraft? I was hoping for an oxygen mask to appear, but alas, nothing.
The pilot must have smelled it to, because his fast approach to runway 19 was a go-around at the last minute! I never thought the Philadelphia air smelled so good after getting off that plane!
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13467 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1337 times:
Most airlines can and do turn away pax who have offensive body or other odors. The A&E network TV show 'Airline' as to WN had at least 2-3 segments on this issue. It is however such a delicate issue to deal with that in many cases, like as happened to you, it won't be dealt with. Employees of airlines or their service companies don't want to piss off their bosses or customers by rejecting pass angers for such reasons. Let's face it too, odorous persons will (to use a pun) make a stink if you say they stink, and who needs that hassle.
CSA's also are more concerned with security and service issues rather than being a scent checker.