Dip Spittin’ Dork

November 25, 2008

in Passenger Stories

On my flight from Atlanta to Korea I rediscovered why I minimize my international flights. On my right was a sweet old Korean woman who actually got in an argument on my behalf with the girl in front of me who, without asking, suddenly lowered her seat all the way and literally hit me in the face with my laptop. However, that was pretty much to be expected in coach.

But, on my left was some American. An American apparently obsessed with two things: opening the window every few minutes and dipping. As it was a nearly 15 hour flight, they dimmed the lights so everyone could sleep while we followed the sun. However, every time I got to sleep I heard the ‘whoosh” of our window sliding open and this blinding sunlight flooding into the cabin. I know I was not the only one as a Korean family across the isle would wake up too and mutter to each other.

Then, just as I’d get back to sleep, I’d hear the tell-tell ‘ptit’ as he spit his chew into a small cup resting precariously on his tray table. And it’s not just the sound, as any non-tobacco addict can tell you. Dip stinks. Sitting next to a cup full of dip for ten hours really stinks. Always wondering when that cup will spill out onto your leg really stinks.

I’m really trying to think of something more disgusting he could have done, but perhaps the airline drew the line at him giving himself an enema while in-flight.

Why didn’t I say anything? I’ve learned on other international flights that the only thing worse than a rude seatmate is one that’s sullen and nursing a grudge for 10 hours.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott Keith April 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

Geeze… I've never seen a commercial plane with windows you can open up…


Denim April 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

He meant the shade. Try re-reading it.


Pico April 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I think I know this pasenger…..and my husband and his ex wife created him….


Scott Keith April 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Ah… shade, that makes more sense…


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Geez, no pity for a nicotine-addict? It sounds like he was pretty unobtrusive, and honestly I can't even smell dip spit. Then again, I always spit into a bottle.


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm

As a user you may not notice the smell, but to a non-user it is strong and offensive.


jag April 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm

stop your bellyaching and whining because things aren't always as you'd like. Maybe he didn't know your pussy was hurting.


Collin April 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Don't be a jerk. Let the guy dip his snuff. Drink some Jack and go to sleep.


Anonymous April 3, 2009 at 9:10 am

koreans are freakin rude. Don't even get me started. I've made that flight to south korea and those old hags are equally as rude. Try to get up out of your seat? good luck because they aren't moving so you gotta climb over them, and when you trip trying to climb over them they look at you as the fool, i hope north korea takes that place over again for good


david deweerdt April 4, 2009 at 11:38 pm

I love looking out the window when flying and I am putoff when airline personnel fairly insist that I close the shade. For what? So people can watch a movie from a distant screen and listen to its audio track with a headset or so people can sleep in a chair? Do land carriers like trains and buses have you close your view?


ernielowhouse April 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Uh to the ass that said he hopes North Korea takes the pen again. YOU ARE FREAKIN STUPID!!! I am sure you are here on orders to either get away from your pathetic life or ur spouse. I have been here for a while and have been very well recieved by the Korean population. I am guessing the problem isnt the Kroean's its you!!


jenkins April 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

ernie why so uptight? u got some fine korean booty runnin around you obviously. go knock a piece off, send her home, have a smoke..life is good tear it up ernie my man!


Atari June 1, 2009 at 9:15 am

Yet another bunch of morons complaining about people's complaints on a site specifically designed so that people can, oh, let me think– that's right: COMPLAIN!

Why are you insulting this person for doing what he is SUPPOSED to do on this website?


Elisa July 11, 2009 at 6:17 am

How disgusting. Nobody else should have to smell it!

If you seriously can't cope for a plane trip without your cancer sticks, get a patch.


matt January 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

to bad buddy dip dont stink if it only sit there for 10 hours and it dont have a smell that upset your stomach stupid


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