Nightmare Flight On Scare India

June 10, 2010

in Odor Stories

Just have to say that this site has been an oasis to me – to reflect and perhaps even laugh about the calamities we encounter in commercial aviation.

One such nightmare was onboard Air India, or “Scare India” as my family called it then. On or around 1998 I was travelling from DXB to BKK and was quite aghast at the manners of my fellow passengers and the cabin crew alike. This was a decent aircraft; as far as I knew it was looking to be a decent albeit long 7 hour flight.

Truly speaking it turned out to be a real third world experience. I’m talking runaway food carts, people eating food with their hands. To make matters worse, one of the toilets had a very foul smell of vomit. Whilst in the facilities I decided to apply some of the cheap alcohol smelling aftershave to avoid reeking of stale vomit after being in the cubicle.

To my horror when I returned to my seat I realized I had squirted on women’s perfume!

The rest of the flight went fairly well and to my relief the ground service in Thailand was very efficient.

Happy Travels!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

NayNay June 11, 2010 at 1:12 am

People were eating with their hands and the toilet smelled bad?! Good lord, the horror! However did you survive?


David June 11, 2010 at 1:32 am

Well I guess you don't know that in many cultures people eat with their hands especially in that region

yet you didn't mention that the plane smelt like curry, air India is notorious for that

So good job especially with the perfume


Peace Lover June 11, 2010 at 2:38 am

The perfume reminds me of when I put some lypsyl on my lips without realising it was coloured. It looked like I was wearing lipstick!


Smiling Charmer June 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I don't know the poster's nationality.

I've traveled to at least 20 different countries in my life – the US is one of the very few where people eat with their hands (sandwiches,burgers, chicken wings, chips and others). Would the poster call them (the Americans) third world because of it?

In most countries people use paper napkins to hold these types of food. They hardly ever touch the food with their bare hands.


julie June 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

Hmmm, flying Air India from Dubi to Bangkok and people were eating with their hands? WOW!!!! It's only the custom for most East Indians DUH!


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