Hate having an airplane seat mate? You have options.

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  1. rwoman
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    MSNBC: Hate having an airplane seat mate? You have options.

    After having a smelly seatmate (general smell; flatulence) in BusinessElite JFK-CDG this past Saturday, I found a bit more amusement in this article.

    You could buy an extra seat or, if flying Air Asia X, try to take advantage of the Empty Seat Option (ESo)

    Reading this, coupled with my experience Saturday made me wonder...

    How do you deal with the larger/smelly/talking-non-stop/etc. seat mate?

    :)
     
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    I don't travel too often without my wife, but when I do, I always go for the aisle so I can lean that way and don't feel trapped by anyone else. If I need to get up and "stretch my legs", I'll do that as often as reasonable on a flight.
     
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    Giving monosyllable answers and firmly putting on headphones tends to discourage talkers. If someone seems interesting, I don't mind talking during a meal to my seat mate.

    Sometimes the smelly ones stink up the whole cabin, so switching seats or walking around doesn't help much.
     
  4. You can always do what professionals do in the operating room with badly infected open bowel cases: carry a mask with you and some of those little alcohol wipes in the packet. Should you be faced with a situation that is unbearable, you place the mask over your face and wipe the alcohol wipe on your mask just below your nose. Saturate it good and it can last an hour or so. If the cure doesn't last long enough, be sure you have ample packets to refresh the mask as needed. :eek:
     
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    Yikes!

    You've left little to the imagination with that post. I can almost...smell it. Ugh.

    And Welcome to MilePoint, BennettSue!
     
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    I could almost fly coach considering this option...
     
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    you are light-headed... from the imagined fumes. I would prefer to almost... stay home than fly coach!
     
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    I will make a note of this..... :eek:
     
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    You could always take the road and BE the smelly seatmate...
     
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    I flew Sunday....it wasn't me! ;)
     
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    I wonder if that's how people would feel.. I knew I was smelly since I didn't take a shower for almost 48 hours.. the routing was ITM-NRT-JFK-LAX-SFO-PDX..

    I took a shower in NRT, but since JFK, LAX, and SFO didn't have showers, I felt really bad to those sitting next to me..
     
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    The odd thing with my seat mate ... it was not BO/need a shower smell...I think it was more of a stale smoke (cigar, maybe) smell...
     
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    That one I like!:p
     
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    Oh gosh...I couldn't tolerate that for very long.

    When I flew Cathay once in back (!!) there was a guy who took his shoes off and immediately stunk up the plane. The flight attendants were too polite to tell him to put them back on, so instead walked through spraying air freshener, almost directly on his feet.
     
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    i sometimes wonder if it isn't possible for passengers to buy the opposite sort of spray in three ounce plastic containers. The idea would be to spray an offensive smell around you in hope of convincing your seat mate to move into an empty seat far away from you.
     
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    I hate getting into an elevator with frequent smokers even if they're not returning from a smoke break.
     
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    So true. I can deal with some BO much better than the just-back-from-cig-break smell, and probably even the chain-smoker-clothes-stained-forever smell.
     
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    Sometimes it isn't your seat mate that you need to worry about... I can't count how many flight attendants have perfected the art of 'crop dusting' :eek:
     
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    I'm afraid to type this, because I might jinx myself, but I have yet to have an odiferous or overly chatty seat mate. I have, of course, had severely overweight seat mates whose girth would intrude into my personal space, but that is why I always pick an aisle seat when flying coach (which I try to avoid as much as possible!).
     
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  20. Great ideas BennettSue...years ago when I was much younger, I was faced with this type of situation on a Greyhound bus. It was a serviceman who sat next to me and smelled as if he hadn't bathed in a month. I kept my nose to the window, it was soooooo bad.
     
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    The wife and I go pretty much everywhere together. I take her out back and hose her off every so often to keep her from smelling :D
     
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    Getting into a car after someone has just smoked is the worst. Their first exhale is terrible!
     
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    I resemble the "larger *" passenger. I am keenly aware that not only will I be uncomfortable, but so will my neighbor. I sit in aisle seats so I can only annoy one person, and I usually angle myself somewhat toward the empty aisle so my broad shoulders have a place to go. Of course, the drink cart clobbers me incessantly, but I do try.

    * I have never been asked to buy a 2nd sit, the arm rests still goes down between us, and my seatbelt still fits without an extension.
     

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