Perfume Lady

February 12, 2012

in Illness/Medical Stories

In summer 2010, my parents and I were on a 14-hour flight from Tel Aviv to Newark, returning from our Israeli pilgrimage. In a row just in back of us, a woman kept on spraying perfume like she was trying to kill a mosquito with bug spray. She would NOT stop spraying it. 

Not only do I have Asperger Syndrome, which comes with a low tolerance for heavy fragrance, but I am also deathly allergic to the stuff. After a few minutes, I start hyperventilating. This was very obvious to the other passengers, who started worrying for my safety, but not perfume lady. She kept right on going! It was only when I had to start using barf bags to hyperventilate into that the staff finally asked her to move. Good thing – I was incredibly close to passing out.

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Mr sane May 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Get a bloody grip of yourself! Honestly, Aspergers my ar5e.


Cat June 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

i love how aspergers sydrome is the new adhd..any excuse to act like an ass…i have a cousin with aspergers for real and jerks like you make it harder for real awareness to take place


Tingting July 6, 2012 at 3:34 am

Guys … you don't need to have Aspergers to get sick from the smell of too heavy perfume!


Fred Flintstone July 11, 2012 at 3:11 am

Asperger's has nothing to do with allergies…I was buying your story until you convoluted a condition on the autism spectrum with a physical allergic reaction to perfume. You may have both asperger's and allergies, but the two are not hand-in-glove. There are plenty of people with asperger's who don't have any trouble with fragrance. Not every quirk or dislike is the "fault" of asperger's. I think you were a drama king/queen, actually. Why didn't you just turn around and ask the lady to stop using the perfume, and tell her it was making you ill?


Dr. Sex Potato February 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

You cannot be "allergic" to a fragrance, as a protein is requires. However, many people do have strong chemical sensitivities. Strong scents can also trigger migraines, nausea, and headaches.

In any case, I think a complaint about some fuckwit dousing themselves in stinking cat piss in a cramped, canned-air environment is perfectly valid.


@RhovanionGirl February 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Perhaps allergic is the wrong term but I know someone who also claims to be allergic to scented things (deodorant, perfume, shampoo, etc) and I have seen the reactions she gets. Hives, throwing up, hyperventilation. It's not pretty.


Stories From The Air May 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

cabins make me sick because of the chemicals that are sprayed.

talking about perfumes, Aramis is the worse


@RhovanionGirl February 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm

You guys are ridiculous. How dare this person, despite any reasons listed, have a problem with someone using perfume like their own personal aerosol in a crowded, tight space!


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