skoker
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A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:02 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:21 am

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.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:25 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:31 am

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.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:35 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:38 am

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

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:40 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:54 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:59 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:07 am

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.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:09 am

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.

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:12 am

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.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:15 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:17 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:19 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:22 am

Perhaps the greater use an avilability of motion sickness prevention drugs (over the counter and prescription) has reduced the need to 'hit the bag'
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:53 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:53 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 5:56 am

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.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:48 am

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.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:29 am

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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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:37 am

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?

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:38 am

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!

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:26 am

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
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:03 pm

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
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:06 pm

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 9):
I just cant take the smell of it.

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 Foster used for the autopsy scenes in "Silence of the Lambs") wouldn't help. Guess it would look odd to the pax though...
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:37 pm

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 thrown up on one of the seats. That seat was covered with a blanket. A man got on at EWR and sat in that row. I tried to explain to him that he should sit elsewhere, because someone had thrown up in the seat with the blanket. It was difficult as he and I didn't speak a common language (I'm pretty sure he was speaking Spanish) but I got the point across. Oddly, though, the problem wasn't addressed by staff in DAY or in EWR, and was there when I boarded in STL. So must have happened on the flight inbound to STL. Nice.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:23 pm

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 was ALC-MAN ironically on a subcharter to Excel, I was clearing in the meal trays on a double cart when I get a call bell about 3 rows behind me (I was working towards the aft). I nipped over there to see some kid had threw up over her tray, the table, a bit of the seat and her dads tray too. I got my colleage to get me a Biohazard bag from the ships box and to pass me a blanket. We wrapped the main tray up in the blanket to stop it going everywhere then dumped it in the bag along with everthing else that was coated in it (and airline property). I then asked the girls at the back to put it in the mid cabin toilets to which they said no (didn't like the Idea of it being so close to them, although I suppose since I was the R3 I didn't fancy the idea of it being just a bulkhead away either) so me moved it to the FWD toilet instead.

I've seen it happen quite a lot, more often than not the bags are used instead of it going everywhere.

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:33 pm

Quoting DeltaSFO (Reply 21):
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?

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 early and didn't hold before landing so I think we pretty much made it as planned. Hell of a tailwind.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:02 pm

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 definately bumpier and warmer so I almost expect it over the summer months. Still does suck when you have some depositing lunch into a bag a mere 12 inches from you. I usually try to distract myself which isn't a problem many times because normally we are headed straight home once this happens and I have to call ATC to get back into the airport. Luckily everyone so far has made it into the bag (although usually we double bag just to make sure it doesnt leak)

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:20 pm

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 after landing: "Nice day for sporty flying".
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:23 pm

Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 12):
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.

Does this mean you changed the diaper in the seat?

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 whole time...and I was about to make use of said vomit bag.

The flight attendant was great. Matter of fact, every time I have flown with my daughter, it seems to me the majority of flight attendants go out of their way to assist anyone with young children.

If tipping was the standard procedure for good service on an airplane, I would have given this lady a twenty.....
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:13 pm

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 woman had been rather ill in WT+ by the window.

If this person had made any effort at all to use the sick bag it was not evident especially as it was still neatly folded in the seat pocket in front!

The seat was covered, the seat next door was covered, the 2 seats in front were covered, the carpet was covered, it had worked its way into the seat rails, the IFE controls the seat recline mechanism and every other nook and cranny around the seat pair.

Still, after a large number of seats covers, cushions, seat parts, ife components were changed and the area scrubed with disinfectant it was almost as good as new. However it is not really an experience you want to repeat too often, just glad I don't have breakfast until later in the morning.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:28 pm

Quoting ToTheStars (Reply 5):
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

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 bumpy approach nearly caused a chain reaction.... myself included, and I'm usually immune to that kind of thing.

Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 12):
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.

Sometimes you have no choice but to change it at the seat - seatbelt sign is on, or the plane has no change facilities (though I will usually try to do diapers in the lav, esp the dreaded luft-BM). Be assured I am quite happy to take it to the lav to dispose of it myself, but if the seatbelt sign is on, or if I am holding the baby that can be hard.

But nearly everytime that I have changed a diaper, an FA mateiralizes with a bag held open. The diaper is dopped in, the bag is closed and tied and viola, no problem.

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 14):
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.

Sounds like a Fear Factor challenge...
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:31 pm

You get THREE airsick bags on the SAAB flights to Wellington, and some people need them!  Wink
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:45 pm

Quoting Skoker (Thread starter):
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.

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 and smelled it all and its not pretty.
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ThatPlaneGuy
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:53 pm

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 17):
I was feeling reasonable before getting on the plane, but I had just spent a week in India.



Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 17):
I was sick for the entire week after that flight and have proceeded to never fly Asiana again.

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 in India? If it was due to picking something up in India, then why blame Asiana for that, or was it because of how they responded to your needs.

My apologies if I have misinterpreted.

Im not connected in any way to Asiana, just curious thats all.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:56 pm

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 guess they still do exist. Now, we will get to see ads on them. I just hope it isn't McDonalds.  Wink
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:12 am

Quoting Thatplaneguy (Reply 36):
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 in India? If it was due to picking something up in India, then why blame Asiana for that, or was it because of how they responded to your needs.

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 merely an association issue. For instance, I'm lactose intolerant. Once I wasn't thinking and drank a 16 ounce drink that turned out to be about half milk. A few hours later I ate at one of my favorite restaurants. Was up all night throwing up, 100% due to the drink. But I mentally associated the vomit with the pasta, and couldn't go to that restaurant for 6 months afterwards.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:31 am

Quoting TinPusher007 (Reply 35):
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 and smelled it all and its not pretty.

Buh-bye dreams of being a ramper then. I'm a huge emetophobic  Sad
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:35 am

Quoting SJCRRPAX (Reply 1):
I've never seen the barf bag ever being used



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 10):
The story also made mention that the bags are "rarely used any more"

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 flying since 1974 and I have seen them used often, and as recently as my last trip this year.

Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 12):
Does this mean you changed the diaper in the seat?

Yep, my wife and I have had to change a diaper or two in the seat. For those of you who are child ignorant, parents travel with blankets, protectors, and other devices you place between the shat and the seat. And fellow travelers can have a choice, either they deal with the smell of a quick change on the seat and have it gone in a few seconds (like human gas), or you can have us wait until the seat belt sign is off and have to deal with a packed diaper for, possibly, an hour or longer.  Smile
Back to topic, one thing my wife and I always try to do is to gather as many barf bags for our kids (and ourselves) BEFORE lightning strikes, not when it's too late.

Quoting BAxMAN (Reply 13):
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.



Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 14):
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.

OK, these two replies have to be, by far, the grossest, most sickening responses to any thread I've ever read, so I'm going to give them my own, personal award for such a distinction. You are now both recognized for that, I hope you are proud.  Smile
And I think Baxman's is slightly grosser than Cedarjet's.

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:59 am

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 and dehydrated. It was just ugly. Also, last Saturday, my sister got violently air-sick on our way from LGA to DCA. 38 minutes of flight time, 30 minutes of throwing up for her. Yikes.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:08 am

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 help you to not do so, if your illness is not too bad...) If I'd feel sick on board, that would be a thing I'll ask...

Quoting MHO (Reply 37):
Now, we will get to see ads on them. I just hope it isn't McDonalds.  

With an ad saying "I'm loving it" on the bag! Yeah man!
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:21 am

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 stack of fresh bags.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:33 am

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. During take-off/climb, we had a bottle stuffed in the baby's mouth so he wouldn't experience ear problems.

After level-off, we stood him in front of the middle seat and put a bunch of baby toys on the seat itself for him to play with. Drink service came by and I got a can of OJ (morning flight) for my wife and I to share, thinking it would be tough for the child to spill. As I passed the can to my wife, the baby reached up in a "gimme some" gesture, and to keep him happy, I did so.

I guess OJ and baby formula don't mix well.

Kid immediately vomits all over the seat cushion, the baby toys, himself, and to some extent, my wife's pants (I got off easy). The FAs gave us some towels and such to sop it up with somewhat (didn't help clean it themselves; now I know why, thanks to Phil, Speedbirdie and Airnewzealand!). The flight was full, so they couldn't move us (this was 45 min. into a 5-hour flight, mind you), so they gave us two blankets to lay over the soiled cushions to give us a place to sit. Lucky for me, I don't have much of a sense of smell. I'm awfully sorry for all my fellow pax, though.

PS -- the baby was completely unflustered by all of this.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:40 am

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 also airsickness tablets you can buy and take before you get on board - why more people don't beats me. Possibly in the "it will never happen to me" category!?

For those who prefer more "natural" remedies (which are also drugs, sorry) - ginger capsules are a viable alternative.
Or, if you forget all of the above, ask the F/As for some ginger ale in flight, and sip it very slowly.

If more people did these things, we would have less Deeply Disgusted Passengers, and less Flight Attendants put in a difficult position, as detailed above, being food handlers. It's good to hear they use infectious waste bags, like we do.

Quoting FLY2LIM (Reply 40):
OK, these two replies have to be, by far, the grossest, most sickening responses to any thread I've ever read, so I'm going to give them my own, personal award for such a distinction.

Well, they didn't upset me in the slightest, but then I'm a nurse - and used to it!  Smile
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:51 am

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, and the ground crew's solution was to cover the seat with a few blankets. Naturally, the woman who was supposed to sit in that seat on the return flight did not appreciate this quick fix. (I didn't appreciate it either, as I was only a couple rows behind.) The flight was booked solid, so there was no way to relocate the person.

I'm not sure what the deal was with the seat, and why the cushion couldn't be swapped out, but it turned out that two people who had checked in for the flight didn't show up. So the women was relocated, and the flight attendants sprayed the seat with freshener, covered it up with more blankets, and we were on our way.
 
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:52 am

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 else. I'll never forget the look the fa gave me. I apologised and she said it was ok. On the return flight, she was my fa again made a funny joke out of my incident. It was too hilarious not to laught @. Thats why I like the fa's @ US and CO. They're nice and entertaining.

On the funny side, I think she retired. For the info, it was 343 the 1PM to PHL/. Does anyone know any info bout the fa on board. She was a blonde and based @ PHL.

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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:59 am

Give the Pax a Bucket of Cleaning Fluid & a Rag  Smile
Seriosly speaking....I think the F/A would need to do the Needfull.
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RE: A Sick Question For F/A And Pax

Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:34 am

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 45):
Quoting FLY2LIM (Reply 40):
OK, these two replies have to be, by far, the grossest, most sickening responses to any thread I've ever read, so I'm going to give them my own, personal award for such a distinction.

Well, they didn't upset me in the slightest, but then I'm a nurse - and used to it!

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.

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