Mr. Germ Spreader

April 13, 2010

in Illness/Medical Stories

I recently flew on an international American Airlines flight. I generally try to avoid American Airlines because they’ve got the worst fleet of aircraft around, but their prices were so much better that I caved. Mistake number one (mistake number two was not paying for an upgraded seat on the plane).

I board the cattle car and immediately notice that it is the oldest plane I’ve ever seen in my life – at least as old as me – so old, that there was no DC power on the pane (as AA advertised), only 3 tiny televisions in the entire coach cabin, and there were also no air conditioning vents. That’s right. Above the seat, there were two little reading lights, and then nothing. I have NEVER seen a plane with no air vents. I huddled next to the window and stared out at the huge swath of rust on the flap of the plane’s wing and thought it was going to be a long 10 hour flight.

Sure enough, as I sit there thinking about how much I’d like some air circulation, the guy diagonally behind me starts to blow his nose and cough and sneeze repeatedly, without bothering to cover his mouth even a little. I think, “Maybe he has allergies. No, I wouldn’t be that lucky.”

This goes on for hours, and I can’t help but glare at him out of the corner of my eye every time he fails hygiene 101. Finally, halfway through the ride he lets out the loudest sneeze I have ever heard, right over the back of the seat in front of him. At which I know we (my boyfriend and I), and everyone around us, are doomed. The sneeze ruffles the hair of the girl sitting in the seat in front of him. We lock eyes, and I want her to say something, or else I will. Sure enough, she slams her magazine down on her lap, turns around, and goes, “Could you please start covering your mouth? You’re being really gross.” He proceeded to hawk a huge loogie into a Kleenex and tell her he’d “try.”

Did he ever bother to cover his mouth? No. Did we get sick? Yes. Do I remember what this guy looked like? Yes. If I met him on the street would I kick his ass? Yes.

– Recovered in the USA

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

JJ April 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm



Mindy April 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Thats just nasty.


Kiddy April 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

JJ, don't you have something better to do? >:-(


JJ April 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

No. 🙂


the logger April 16, 2010 at 12:52 am


Are you proficient with the english language.

If so, why sign up to post if you have nothing to add, be it factual, sarcastic, informative or comical?

Do you shout "First" every time you take a leak into a clean urinal as well?


David April 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Don't give him ideas


og June 3, 2010 at 11:06 am

yeah that's pretty sick. there was a guy i sat next to on the train who proceeded to sneeze about every 10 seconds into his t-shirt. allergies or sickness, it was gross. I moved. I mean what kind of lowlife goes out with a cold or allergies without bringing a hanky or tissues?


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