Unbathed And Infested

April 4, 2009

in Odor Stories

A couple of years ago, my husband and I got caught in traffic on the way to Dulles airport and missed our flight to Amsterdam. A wonderful UA employee fixed us up on a later flight through London and even kept us in our originally booked business class. Getting to London was fine. It was London-Amsterdam that was hell. I cannot remember the connecting flight airline, but it was one of those Intra-European cheapo airlines. I’m okay with that, but we got stuck in the last rows of coach. No big deal, it’s a short flight, except…

We were seated across the aisle from one another. No problem. As I sat in the next to last row of coach, I noticed a strange odor, the smell of a human body unwashed for months. I took a look around, as I hadn’t really focused on the couple next to me. They were filthy; absolutely the dirtiest humans I have ever seen, and they did not appear to be that way due to any lack of resources. They had electronics (cell phones, I-pods), but they had very long matted hair and 60’s era hippie clothes. Okay, so that’s a lifestyle choice, but you should shower once in a while.

The worst was when I saw LICE climbing up the guy’s neck. I was sitting right next to him. I got up and went to the FA and explained that the people next to me posed a health hazard and should have been denied boarding. She took a look herself and sympathized, but there were no other seats available so I could not be moved, and there was no point in asking my husband to switch seats because if he got lice, I would inevitably get it too. I spent that flight leaning way into the aisle.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

huh April 6, 2009 at 12:18 pm

The global villagers of the vaunted Age of Aquarius have arrived.


poe April 6, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Oh Lordie, that's Awful!


Gayle April 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I had the same problem on a bus ride in Ireland. The girl that sat next to me was disgusting. Thankfully, she was only on till the next city and none of the bugs jumped!


Anonymous April 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

That is vile!


Amit April 16, 2009 at 9:59 am

It might have been crabs…lol.

You get on a plane, you shower first. It's not a difficult rule to follow and should not have to be stated.


Jenni May 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Gross! I would have pointed out to them that personal hygiene products could take care of their infestation.


the dominator August 6, 2009 at 7:03 am

goddamned dirty filthy hippies!

i hate those fuckers!


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