Their trip to Fort Wayne was uneventful. While here, though, they related a tale of a recent airline trip departing from a different Midwestern city's airport that was quite eventful ... and disgusting. You may recall news reports recently about the gentleman who was claimed that he had to sit on a toilet during his flight on JetBlue.
Let's just say that after hearing our friends recount their story ... that gentleman had relatively little to complain about.
Yesterday, our friends sent us the account they had emailed a family member the day after their airline encounter. The frequent fliers also forwarded a copy of the email sent to the airline asking, at minimum, for a full refund.
We had trouble getting tickets and couldn't sit together. [The company] made all of the arrangements. When we got on the plane from [the Midwest] to [Texas], we discovered my seat (and seat belt) was soaked with urine from the prior flight passenger.
The A******* A******* flight was full and I had no seating alternatives. I had to get creative: we put two blankets on the seat, topped it with a plastic trash bag, and topped that with magazines. Then we put a trash bag covered with a blanket on my lap. I had to touch the urine soaked seat belt to buckle it, then folded the blanket over it. I put my sticky hands in the magazine pocket and didn't move for two hours until we [landed in the Lone Star State].
Oh, and the urine also smelled awful. I managed not to throw up. I was sick for most of the rest of the day.
After that description the message went on to state that they would be kicking the issue up a notch with the airline upon arrival back home.
This is an excerpt of what was transmitted to the airline by our intrepid travelers:
Upon boarding this flight, my [spouse] was assigned seat 24E. Upon reaching the seat, the gentleman in seat 24F indicated that seat 24E was soaked and that it smelled badly. That kept [my spouse] from immediately sitting in the seat. In fact, the seat was soaked with urine. The flight attendant's solution was to put a couple of blankets and a plastic bag on the seat. [Your passenger] literally sat in a urine soaked seat (the seat belt was soaked also) for the duration of this 2 hour flight! [There] was offered no compensation, no alternative seating, nothing.
[ ... ] I believe that, at a minimum, we are entitled to a full refund of [my spouse's] ticket for that flight. Once the flight attendant was made aware of the situation, something should have been done. Seat cushions switched out, [offer of] another seat (except the plane was full), or [ ... ] offered an alternative flight. I look forward to your quick resolution of this appalling situation.
It may be possible that this is the flipside of the other recent airline story - perhaps just the consequence of what happens when other passengers can't use the airplane's restroom because it is occupied during the entire flight by a paying customer.
Well, probably not. But, still, we do know for certain that our friends had a need for the object shown in use above - an airplane seat cover. Who knew there was a crying real-world need for the product?
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