Purgatory On The Way To Peru

May 12, 2010

in Odds & Ends Stories

This actually goes back to the mid 70’s. I was on a non-stop from Miami to Lima, Peru, and unlucky enough to get a middle seat. A couple of oversize Peruvian ladies, who had just bought out half the stores in Miami, and were carrying all their booty (this was before overhead bins and hand luggage restrictions), took the aisle and window seats. They had so much stuff, they asked me to stuff some under my seat! In addition, they had each doused themselves with a gallon of cheap perfume, and spent the entire flight gabbing across me. I repeatedly asked if one of them would like to switch seats with me, but they refused.

About 4-5 hours into the flight, a naked toddler with a bad case of the squirts began wandering up and down the aisle, leaving little deposits at frequent intervals. The smell was enough to gag a maggot. The plane was in an uproar, yet neither the flight crew or the child’s parents would do anything, including cleaning up the mess.

Finally, I made it to Lima, but my baggage did not. It turned up almost a year later in Guam (go figure).

Want to guess which airline? It started with a “B” and no longer exists, with good reason. I personally never flew on them again.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

LUXpink May 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm

bullshit. no airline would allow a NAKED kid to run around the plane SHITTING everywhere and nobody does anything about it.


oldnevadan May 14, 2010 at 4:16 am

Don't jump to conclusions. I wasn't on that flight, but I rode Braniff to South America at least 75 times in the 60's and 70's, and I don't doubt it a bit. Braniff brought a incredible level of scuzz and crew indifference to the airline industry on their South American runs. Though it came too late for me, Eastern's acquisition of Braniff's South American routes in 1982 (?) was a blessing for road warriors.


Valkyrie May 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Seems like the real loser here is LUXpink who apparently thinks that being able to use the same 4 letter word twice in one sentence is somehow going to impress us. Yawn.


Shamu September 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

SUXStunk you're the loser it was a long time ago


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