Hair Flipper Freaks Over Gooey Mess

September 8, 2009

in Passenger Stories

On a flight about 5 years ago (when the airlines still served food), I was seated behind a young woman with very long straight blond hair.  I knew it was very long and straight because after she reclined her seat, she flipped her hair over the back of the seat, where it reached down far enough to pile into my lap.  Now the invasion of personal space can be bad enough anytime someone puts their seat all the way back, but I draw the line when their body parts come into contact with me.  So I leaned forward and politely asked her if she would pull her hair back onto her own side of the seat.  This earned me a dirty look.  But she pulled her hair onto her own side.

 A bit later, she flipped her hair over the seat again.  Again, I asked her to move her hair, and again I got a dirty look.  The third time I didn’t bother to ask.  I figured that if she wanted to share her hair with me so badly, she obviously was offering it to me to play with.  So I sat there pulling little bunches of it just hard enough so that she could feel it.  This got me an especially dirty look, but she again pulled her hair back to her own side of the seat. 

 The final time, the 4th time, well, it was when we were eating dinner.  I don’t really remember what the food was, but I remember that it had meat with some kind of gooey sauce.  You guessed it, right after I was served, over the seat came the hair!  There it was.  About 10 inches worth of blond hair piled on top of my dinner.  This time, I rang the FA call button.  She was there in a moment.  I just pointed at the mound of hair in my dinner.  The FA stifled a laugh and then took a step forward to inform the young lady of the situation.  Knowing what was coming, I wrapped my hand around her hair, above my tray, because I didn’t want her pulling it back suddenly and spraying me with food sauce.  The FA told her that her hair was in my food, and I simultaneously said “allow me,” and handed her hair over the seat to her.  She grabbed it by the food-covered ends.  She was mad.  She complained loudly to the flight attendant that I had put her hair in my dinner on purpose.  I said “Yes, because I ever so much enjoy having other people’s hair in my food.” 

Well, at that point, she asked to be moved, and she was.  So it was a win-win, I got to not have her hair in my lap, and she got to maybe flip her hair onto someone else who might not mind as much.  Well maybe they would.  Gravy hair is not a nice as clean hair to have in your lap afterall.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

saw September 9, 2009 at 4:10 am


It could have been worse – it could have been lice infested hair 🙂

I think you handled it perfectly too – just the right amount of nudge and a "three strikes you're out" approach that says – if you want to keep doing the same stupid thing, eventually you're going to pay a price for it.

Me, I probably would have latched her hair into the tray table folding clamps after the 2nd time, and waited for the scream when she tried to stand up or lift her head forward…

But then… I'm likely much more evil than most 😉


Demotage September 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Saw, you evil basterd! I like it!


anom September 12, 2009 at 8:45 am



Captain Art Griego December 21, 2009 at 11:31 am

I'm calling bull hockey on this story. Maybe she did it once, or even twice, but FOUR times? I can't buy that, sorry Jim.

GOD bless you,

Captain Art Griego


Demotage December 22, 2009 at 12:51 am


Two things:

1) This story, like the others I’ve posted here, is true.

2) You are hardly the person to be calling BS on anyone. You are on here claiming to be a retired airline pilot, but you are not. You are a fraud. I personally consulted a well-known aviation authority, published aviation author, and (confirmed) active 767 captain with a major carrier. I quoted to him the story that you wrote on your own blog about how you supposedly were flying passengers to Bermuda, and fell asleep at the controls of a Beechcraft AK200, because you took half a bottle of Nyquil before the flight. You claim in the story that the plane, set on autopilot after take-off, and with your asleep at the controls, found it’s destination, landed itself and that the passengers disembarked, all, remember, while you were asleep at the controls. Just to avoid misunderstanding, I didn’t describe your story to him, I cut and pasted your story, word for word from your blog, in my email to him. Here is what he said in reply:

“A King Air 200 can do no such thing.

The story cited by the “pilot” about his plane landing itself on Bermuda is not even * remotely * possible.

Even in a plane that * is * certified and equipped for automatic landings: the procedure needs to be programmed and executed; the aircraft needs to be configured manually during the approach ( flaps, slats, landing gear etc.); and so forth. Not to mention air traffic control issues.

Not to mention STOPPING on the runway once the aircraft has landed!”

Too ludicrous for words.”

So you have amply demonstrated that you are, not to put too fine a point on it: Full of Shit. You are not, and have never been a pilot, or your would know this stuff. You are a complete and utter fraud and a liar.

So go away and stop posting crap here. You are pathetic.

Just in the interest of over-abundant fairness – here is the URL of “Captain” Griego’s blog – judge for yourself.


Increasedosologist March 29, 2010 at 2:15 am

This individual "Griego" is seriously mentally ill. I do not mean this as a put down. This is merely a statement of fact. I sincerely hope that he gets better.


Bob March 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

You might be right. Check out this story that he wrote:


Kiri the Can Opener January 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I can


saw December 25, 2009 at 9:33 am

Wellllll… good job Demo… His blog now has 1000 more hits…

People like him don't care what KIND of attention they get, just that they get attention…

But seriously "captain"… you wouldn't know the truth if it crawled up your nose and ate its way into your brain…


Tony March 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

I would have found a way to snip bits of her hair off. Failing that set it on fire!


Mindy March 29, 2010 at 1:09 am

Glue + the back of the seat = 😉


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