Hearing Impaired

December 4, 2007

in Odor Stories

On a flight in 2005 from Dulles International to San Francisco, I was traveling with a large group of classmates on the way home from the school’s DC trip. About 20 minutes after takeoff I decided to plug into the movie being shown. I absentmindedly reached for the courtesy headphones, putting them on my head while watching the movie. At this point I noticed a strange smell, and felt something wet by my ear. I took the headphones off, and too my horror realized that they were doused in vomit! I rushed to the bathroom to wash my head, alerting the flight attendant on the way. In the end, I was moved to another seat, but wasn’t given another pair of headphones. I sat bored through the rest of the whole 5 1/2 hour flight.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

me April 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

next time you should bring your own pair…


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Wow. That… Is… TRULY… disgusting. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit….


jag April 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

how the hell do you place puke-laden headset on without noticing. you must be a dipshit,


Rob April 3, 2009 at 10:31 am

You could have asked for another headset, given the circumstances. I generally travel with my own.


Anonymous April 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm



last boyscout April 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I pee in the shower!!


Anonymous April 5, 2009 at 11:23 am

The headphones come in sealed plastic bags. And unless you're sitting in first class, they hand them out after takeoff. What airline were you traveling on? Sounds like the cleaning crew didn't take the set from the previous flight. I don't know what's more gross, the vomit headphones or the though of pulling "used" headphones over my ears. ewwwwwwww is right!


Equus April 7, 2009 at 5:40 am

Jag, you're a fucking retard troll. All you do on this site is attack people for their posts, no matter how justified.

Obviously she NOTICED they had puke on them or she wouldn't have written the story.

You must really crave attention you little tool.


Anonymous April 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

jag, what's with all the stupid-ass comments you keep leaving all over the place on this site? Don't you have a life? Oh forget it… you are probably some pimply-faced teenage troll, or just an emotionally stunted middle-aged loser who still lives with his mother.


Paul April 7, 2009 at 9:54 pm

am noticing airlines now going back to traditional headsets unwrapped, used and in the seat pocket – save money. um


Anonymous April 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

jag, you are not funny.


John Kerry July 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Sir, your story is lacking basic sentence structure. Also, you don't have a purple heart… which makes you a loser.

Love you guys,



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