Rajesh was on an Air India flight from Delhi to San Francisco, when his neighbour borrowed his headphones. But things got worse. "Somewhere along the line, I felt my comforter was being pulled. I opened my eyes and saw the guy was cleaning his teeth using my comforter, while his own comforter was on him. My eyes opened wide in shock. He seemed indifferent," he wrote.
Frequent flyer Julie was on a first class flight to LA, when she ended up next to a passenger that had clearly been drinking with no signs of slowing down. "As she continued to drink and get drunker, she became more obnoxious," Julie wrote, asking the flight attendants to stop serving her alcohol. "Big mistake. I was just about to the end of my tether when she made one last insult and turned her glass of orange juice over into my lap."
Andy shared his horror at being seated next to a very large man that was 'sweating profusely'. "Within five minutes of his sitting down he asked me if I wouldn't mind raising the arm rest as it was hurting his side. His body was literally moulding around the arm rest and he was very much in my seat. I did mind and didn't allow the arm rest to be raised. I needed some sort of barrier. Fast forward 2.5 hours and my right side is soaked in his sweat. As we left he muttered that it was rude that I didn't raise the arm rest."
A young mum revealed how uncomfortable she felt when a man sat down next to her while she was breastfeeding. "He then proceeded to take far too much interest in my breastfeeding. It was a gross and very uncomfortable conversation," she wrote.
Another passenger said he once flew with a man who was taking inappropriate photos of the female flight attendant. "He was very deliberate, taking photos as she reached up into the bins or bent over to check seatbelts. And then he spent a lot of time just looking at the photos, again quite openly. It was almost like he wanted her to know."
Tyler shared a story from a fellow passenger that ended up having to travel next to a deceased person. "About midway through the flight he noticed the man sitting beside him seemed awfully pale. He tried to wake the man but was unable to. Eventually he got the attention of the flight attendant, who managed to find a medical doctor. The doctor pronounced the passenger dead shortly thereafter. There were no empty seats on the flight, so Dave had to fly the remainder of the flight next a corpse (which was covered with a blanket)."
One passenger admitted to being the 'unacceptable seatmate' himself. "I don’t know exactly what happened, but in my sleep I had a terrible dream, gripped the lapels of my seatmate and calmly said 'there’s something wrong with the plane'.
The poor guy woke up with a start and luckily he didn’t slug me out of reflex. He kindly patted me and said 'everything is just fine, don’t worry'. I answered 'oh, thank you', turned my back to him and fell deeply asleep again."