It takes a lot to truly shock me with behavior on a plane these days. I’ve seen plenty of questionable behavior, from changing a baby’s diaper on the tray table to bare feet on bulkheads and plenty of other icky in between. But it was not until today that I was truly disgusted by what I saw.
I was the second passenger to board the ERJ-145 leaving Newark and had settled in to 18D, a window seat with plenty of legroom. And, as is generally my habit, I began to watch the other passengers as they came on board. Not for any particular reason other than general curiosity, but I tend to enjoy the people-watching. A few minutes in to the process the guy who would eventually settle in to 20A briefly paused around row 9, made a spitting sort of motion into his hand and then motioned into the overhead bin.
Not believing that such could have actually happened I got out of my seat and worked up the aisle, against the flow of travelers. I made it to the bin just in time as another passenger was about to put a bag in that same bin. And there I spotted what I hoped I would not see: discarded chewing gum at the bottom of the bin. I stopped the other guy from putting his bag on the gum and managed to collect it in an air sickness bag before another passenger was able to stow their bag on the detritus.
But, yeah, a guy spit out his gum into an overhead bin. I’m almost starting to understand why Singapore has those laws.
Seen anything you think is worse than that?? I’d love to hear your tales.
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