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Sun Sep 10, 2023, 12:34 AM Sep 2023

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Why planes are extremely gross right now
From diarrhea to the vomit-covered seats, cases of bodily fluids on recent flights abound
By Natalie B. Compton, Andrea Sachs and Heidi Pérez-Moreno
September 7, 2023 at 11:25 a.m. EDT

It was supposed to be a quick trip to pick up her kid from summer camp.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International, was buckled up and ready for takeoff from Chicago to Portland, Maine, with her husband, David. The plane was full and hot — too hot, perhaps, for the passenger sitting next to them. As they taxied down the runway, there was an unsuccessful scramble for a barf bag, followed by a clasping of the hands over the mouth, and then disaster.

“The vomit sprayed directly all over my husband ... over everything ... everywhere,” Nelson said.

Nelson’s misfortune did not make headlines. Neither did the stomach-turning recent experiences shared by a dozen travelers, such as coming across feces spread on lavatory walls to airplane seats covered with fresh chewing gum and puppy poop. There was the traveler stuck sitting next to a passenger in first class who soiled themselves on a flight from Minneapolis to D.C.

Then there are the incidents that do make the news, like the deeply unfortunate Delta flight that had to make a U-turn over the weekend due to a passenger suffering from “diarrhea all the way through the airplane.” Or the travelers who were removed from their Air Canada flight after refusing to sit in vomit-soaked seats on Aug. 26.

The rapid-fire dose of gross has us reeling with questions. Namely: what, dear god, is happening? And should we be worried? Are airlines capable of keeping planes clean? Are we doomed for disgusting flights?


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Well, why? marybourg Sep 2023 #1
Old School J-School, ah? Kid Berwyn Sep 2023 #20
Just plain old. marybourg Sep 2023 #21
Nothing but a number, Dear Friend. Kid Berwyn Sep 2023 #22
That's true while I'm sitting. marybourg Sep 2023 #23
Even then, fight. And remember no matter the number... Kid Berwyn Sep 2023 #34
seriously? Takket Sep 2023 #2
best answer so far. stopdiggin Sep 2023 #14
A really stupid fucking article, and it was written by THREE people Snooper9 Sep 2023 #27
DU loves anything that negatively sensationalizes the air travel industry or movie theaters. BannonsLiver Sep 2023 #38
So what was the answer? Maru Kitteh Sep 2023 #3
The article's answer Eric J in MN Sep 2023 #5
and people are willing to be crammed together in ever smaller seats nt msongs Sep 2023 #8
Most of these kinds of questions are best answered using "Betteridge's Law". keep_left Sep 2023 #6
This law could be used for all those ancient aliens and similar shows. captain queeg Sep 2023 #11
Not much doubt about that. Speaking of which... keep_left Sep 2023 #13
Noticed That, Too ProfessorGAC Sep 2023 #25
My dad loves "Ancient Aliens" Elessar Zappa Sep 2023 #31
My Add ProfessorGAC Sep 2023 #33
This so much the case for The Curse of Oak Island that they put it on their merch. Taylor Picker Sep 2023 #36
They finally gave this a name. Lady Freedom Returns Sep 2023 #16
A closely related concept is "The Cavuto" or "Cavuto Mark"... keep_left Sep 2023 #26
Probably people with the coronavirus getting sick on planes. Eric J in MN Sep 2023 #4
the puppy poo is easy to prevent nt msongs Sep 2023 #7
And so is human poo milestogo Sep 2023 #28
My theory on this is flying cost and it's not easily refundable. herding cats Sep 2023 #9
Nailed it... PortTack Sep 2023 #15
I stopped ForgedCrank Sep 2023 #10
I haven't flown since before 9/11 Rhiannon12866 Sep 2023 #12
Same here - I last flew in 1990 csziggy Sep 2023 #35
Plane travel has never been pleasant in coach class for as long as I GoodRaisin Sep 2023 #17
I am staying put. pwb Sep 2023 #18
I fly plenty, and have been spared this so far DFW Sep 2023 #19
I fly fairly often and I've never had any of this happen.... marmar Sep 2023 #24
Haven't flown on a plan since about 1996. LiberalFighter Sep 2023 #29
I seriously doubt Elessar Zappa Sep 2023 #30
First mistake was, she should have driven to Maine to pick up her kids FakeNoose Sep 2023 #32
"tHiS iS wHy I dOn'T fLy aNyMoRe!111" BannonsLiver Sep 2023 #37
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