Kid Barfs But Misses Bag

August 10, 2009

in Baby & Kid Stories

My story probably isn’t as bad as most. I had started out from Moscow, connecting through Vienna and then to Frankfurt, so I had already been flying for 5 hours. At this point I was on a 9 hour flight from Frankfurt to NYC, then was getting on a 6 hour connecting flight back to San Francisco. For people that really don’t like flying (like me) this was a miserable day to begin with, the “incident” only compounded the misery.

I was sat next to an unchaperoned kid (about 10 I’d say). One of those in-air care deals where the stewardesses look after him or something.

Anyways, the kid slept for the first 3 hours of the flight… but then he woke up and started shaking me, and making a motion like he was going to be sick. With 8 nieces and nephews I recognized the universal sign language for “I’m about to puke.”

So I sprung into action, desperately looking for the barf bag… which of course was at the very bottom of the pouch. Just as I was getting the bag open the kid barfed. I think I managed to get about 30% of it in the bag. The rest ended up on my arms, pants, shoes and of course all over both of our seats.

I called the stewardess over and got out of my seat to let her deal with it, while I went and cleaned up. I asked if there were any other free seats on the plane… but it was entirely booked.

The stewardesses had sympathy for me and I hung out with them in the kitchen for the remaining six hours of the flight. They were fun, and I had a good time talking with them… so the flight wasn’t a complete nightmare.

I know it wasn’t the kid’s fault, and I don’t blame him. It was just unlucky seating for me.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

SAW August 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

For you actually trying to help the kid, and recognizing that the situation was unavoidable, AND for not whining about it – KUDOS. A flight from hell nonetheless, apparently handled by a thoughtful adult. Hats-off gentleman, a gentleman (or a lady, I looked twice for a gender bias but couldn't find one


anon August 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I'm amazed that people like the poster still exist. After seeing so many people complain and whine about the slightest thing, seeing someone take being barfed on by a sick kid in stride is refreshing.

Sometimes things happen that you can't control or change, thanks for showing others how to act in these situations.


Hugh August 11, 2009 at 12:30 am

I echo the sentiments of the previous posters. Good for you, and remember, Karma has a way of paying back.


anon August 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

You are a very nice person. :o)


Jodi August 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

Ooo that poor kid, how lucky he was sitting next to you! Bravo for taking it so well. Your mom would be very proud.


Atari August 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Can't say that it was a 'flight from hell' if all ended well. (All is well that ends well, The Writer said)

Nonetheless, interesting story, if a bit grotesque.


Shamu August 28, 2011 at 2:31 am

Well done for helping the poor child. You would be annoyed but you had the respect and decency not to show it.


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