Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Grossest Things Flight Attendants Have Seen Passengers Do

Passenger resting his feet on the bulkhead. There was another photo
I could have used but I chose the one that grossed me out the least.
(photo: beezkneez/flickr)
The travel blog website jaunted.com published a story by a Sara Keagle, a flight attendant for over two decades, about the grossest things flight attendants have seen passengers do. The author pulled from her own experience and those of fellow flight attendants to come up with the list.

Among the incidents she reported are these untidy morsels:
Going No. 2: A passenger used the tissue (out of the tissue box dispenser in the restroom) to clean up after their bowel movement. They then placed the used tissues back into the tissue box. A fellow flight attendant reached into the tissue dispenser for a tissue and...discovered the issue firsthand.

Lost Panties: I was helping clean the plane at one of our out-stations so we could turn the plane on time and found a pair of bloody panties in the seat pocket. This is why we wear gloves.

A Little Laundry: A first class passenger took off his soggy socks and dried them by putting them over the air vent above his seat. Passengers all the way back in coach complained about the smell.

Impromptu Snacking: A first class passenger picked something off his bare feet...and ate it. I saw it myself!

In my experience one of the most common foul things that other passengers do is using any surface available as a foot rest with their bare feet. Not as gross as the incidents reported by the author but still bothersome. (Click HERE to read the comments that accompanied the photo above.)

Click HERE to view the full list. Be careful, I almost coughed up my dinner after reading the article.


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