Boozed-Up Passenger with Nasal Problems

March 12, 2011

in Passenger Stories

To get from Munich to Bangkok – choosing the cheapest option – you have to make a stop. Ours was in Dubai. Anyone who stops in Dubai Airport and is one of the few people who are still smoking: It is hell! There are two Smoker Rooms – both packed with people every minute of the day. But there is a little paradise called “Irish Pub,” where one can get a nice cider and can somehow be provided with a bit of dignity while smoking…

While sipping on our cider and chatting about our plans in Asia, a pretty drunken and tanned man in his late 40s came up to us – of course – because he heard us talking in Austrian dialect and he himself is from Austria too. That’s sometimes reason enough to talk to strangers, I think. However, he was telling us about his early retirement and his journeys around the world. He was also travelling to Thailand where “there are the most beautiful and horniest women in the world.” Although we enjoyed our little Irish paradise, we didn’t enjoy our new company and we left, even though we had one more hour until we had to check in.

Of course the guy sat in the same plane, in the same row, but he was separated from us by the middle seats. He waved and shouted some jokes about the Thai women and we ignored him, embarrassed about his condition and his “friendship” with us. Two hours after departure and some drinks later, he was shouting at the flight attendant – I couldn’t understand what the problem was really. He was pretty intoxicated at that time. But it must have been something about alcohol and the lack of it, I guessed.

As the flight continued he was blowing his nose pretty loudly – into his hands. He wiped them on the seat in front of him, over and over again. It seemed as though it didn’t have the required effect because he then put his hand back in his throat. The passenger right next to him looked in disbelief, disgust and helplessness, alternately at him, at us and at the flight attendants. Luckily for him, the Austrian guy stood up and was away for half an hour. I found him when I had to go to the toilet. He was in one of the cabins with his pants down, asleep and with the door open, snoring.

A flight attendant brought him back to his seat before the plane landed. He was blowing his nose again. In his hands.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Teenaged Tourist March 13, 2011 at 6:42 am

That is nasty! Can't believe you have to put up with all this!


Dina March 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh, that is FOUL. On SO many levels! 🙁


eleganterica March 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

What did smoking have to do with the rest of the story?


TacoDave March 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

If he hadn't been smoking at the pub, he wouldn't have ever spoken to the drunk man. He still would have seen the snot blowing, but he wouldn't have heard about Thailand.


Kim Craig March 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

I would have said Hello REVOLTING


Robyn May 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I feel sorry for the person sitting next to him


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