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Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 4:37 am

Being a new member I wanted to pose a uniquely random question regarding air travel.

Has anyone been particularly unfortunate in regards to seatmates or nearby passengers puking there guts out on a flight. I believe I went through an 18 month period where I was vomited on (not nearby , adjacent to, or in the proximity of but literally puked on) no less than 5 times. Being that 4 out of the 5 was on WN I now won't fly on them (especially to LAS) unless I have a gun to my head. If desired I can elaborate, it is quite amusing now to think about, but I am interested to hear any horror stories from fellow members.

BTW all 5 occasions were on short flights with no turbulence.

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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 4:52 am

Ummmmmmm...................Do we all want to share our "experiences"?
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 5:00 am

girl was vomiting all over the place on a BA flight from BA), Turkey">IST to LHR.

Had had just about enough of BA before then and mentioned this as one of many of my complaints when I missed my connection due to their insolence.

They gave me a hotel voucher and put me in Club the next day on BA 283 to LAX from LHR.
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 5:15 am

I am glad to say that in all of my flights, I have not been witness to any vomiting. That has been in 28 years of flying. I am not sure how I have missed this not so great joy, but I am not complaining. I am knocking on wood as I type.

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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 5:41 am

Maybe it's your deodorant? Or lack thereof?

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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 5:44 am

I was on Air France from IAH-CDG and there was a girl about 10 minutes after takeoff and the entire way to CDG vomiting off and on near me. I was also on a CO flight from IAH-Orlando years ago where a kid was making awful noises the whole way. It was not great to hear, but I knew I was much better off than them. These flights also had little or no turbulence.

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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 5:45 am

If they had any dignity they would use an airsick bag or if they knew everytime they fly they get sick, then they would not fly.
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 6:58 am

In 1998, I was in a Lufthansa Boeing 747, just about to depart AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA-YYZ. I was 17 back then. As the captain made his anouncement and was ready to start the engines, this girl (who has been eating cookies and juice like mad, before everyone took their seats), got up, ran past me (I was sitting in Econ, right near the back) and she ran passed me, toward the toilet and didn't get there on time, vomited all over the back wall. Everyone yelled "Ewwww"... (there were mostly teenagers, flying back to Canada, from a Eurotrip)...

But nobody ever puked on me...
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 7:03 am

I must add that most of these occurances happend when I lived in Vegas and I would travel by WN to Texas to visit family. The WN F/As said it wasn't uncommon for to have multiple "events" coming out of LAS due to the high hangover rate of the passengers. They said Spring break time was by far the worst...Luckily since my move to SEA this hasn't occured.

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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 7:04 am

"If they had any dignity they would use an airsick bag or if they knew every time they fly they get sick, then they would not fly."

I think you're average person very much opts for the airsick bag, but sometimes it happens before you can get the thing out and ready.

so if someone got sick every time they rode in a car, you'd tell them they should just walk everywhere they need to go? I'm sure they intentionally get sick just to inconvenience you.

I'm sure if you're average airliner had 80% or more of it's window's covered up, you'd see a lot more people getting sick more often. All that motion going on that the inner ear is sensing, but the eye's see no movement.

I friends of mine that are pilots that still get sick from time to time, should they stop flying? I have a buddy that almost washed out of flight school in the Marines because he kept getting sick, now he's flying CH-46's and doing quite well.

As for myself, I've experienced having people around me get sick, as well as getting rather nauseated myself.

Anyways, if you see someone near you getting sick and you don't want to see what they had for lunch again, suggest they look out a window at the horizon, it works wonders. Doing that kept me from filling a few bags in the back seat of a T-38 in the pattern once.
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 7:05 am

Kid in front of me on a TS YVR to PUJ flight. Stinked up the whole aircraft for the remaining 4 hours.
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 7:07 am

The only vomiting I've seen on flights was last month on DL 5478 out of HSV to CVG. We were waiting to have the door closed when a gentleman in the front row jumps up and runs out the plane, throws up at the base of the stairs (on a CRJ.) Gets back on the plane and sits down.

The F/A was doing her announcements when this happened, and she had to stop and hide to keep it from being obvious as to what had just happened. We heard say to the man later, "Thanks for not doing that in here."
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 7:09 am

Last month on a BA Shuttle flight (LHR-MAN) the kid next to me was been sick for the most of the flight. Then the F/A served those cake snacks which looked rather similar to the puke...great!

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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 12:14 pm

I've seen and heard people puking, but never on me because I wouldn't allow it. Period.
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Wed May 26, 2004 2:10 pm

I was onboard a flight from AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA to MD), Spain">MAD a few years ago when there was an older fellow just hacking the whole damn flight...I don't know what he ate but he keep going on and going and going and the aircraft was an MD-87, so the stench got around the cabin farely well to where I had that smell "stuck" in my nostrils for the next night...absolutely horrible!! But thank God not as bad as having it on your lap...
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RE: Sick Question...Literally

Thu May 27, 2004 12:08 am

I lost it all on my mother when I was five, I still have memories of that too. I remember a couple of teenagers across the aisle. Our food consisted of an apple and something else. It was hot. I lost it, and they gave me a free AA blanket I still have today. We were going to Nashville from Denver via DFW.

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