A holidaymaker has been slammed online after painting her nails on a flight. While there are many ways to pass the time on-board it’s generally respected by most passengers that you avoid doing anything that has a particularly pungent smell.
This includes eating stinky food, wearing strong perfume or, in this case, opening bottles of nail polish which emit harsh, chemical smells. However, it seems one woman didn’t care less whether she annoyed people as she proceeded to paint her mitts a peachy, nude colour while onboard.
She was also criticised for allegedly drinking booze on the flight that a fellow passenger claimed was not sold by the airline (a move which is actually illegal in many countries including the UK).
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One of the woman’s fellow flyers took a number of snaps of the situation to complain on social media. JT Genter said: "Nail polish users: PLEASE don't wait until you're in an enclosed space with hundreds of strangers all breathing recycled air to apply nail polish. Some of us are very sensitive to the poisonous fumes. Also, an FYI that drinking alcohol you brought onboard is not legal."
The post quickly went viral with over 20,000 views – but it sparked a debate in the comments with people weighing in on both sides. When told to "mind [his] business" JT added: "Being able to breathe is my business!"
Ryan Meinzer noted that the air on planes isn’t recycled and said: "The air is not recycled. It is totally fresh about every 3 minutes. That said, holy hell. I would be beside myself if someone did that."
However, JT clarified: "Never said it was first class – someone else did. This is indeed a MCE bulkhead seat. However, airplane cabin air is partially recirculated. It's a mix of bleed air and between 40-60% recirculated air (that's what we all deeply cared about HEPA filters for a couple of years)."
While it seemed to some that JT was overreacting he also explained why he was so bothered by the strong, chemical smell of the nail paint. When one person said they liked the smell, he noted: "Then sniff it at home! I can literally get hives and shortness of breath from the smell."
Usually, when passengers are behaving badly you can ask the flight crew to ask them to stop. However unfortunately for JT the flight attendant "were instructed to stay seated due to turbulence" so couldn’t help.
Plenty of people agreed with JT that the behaviour was out of order. One person added: "I salute the beer but am so with you on the nail polish, it has some of the most toxic chemicals that you’re not even supposed to put it on in your house without the windows open. I would have said something."
While a woman said: "Nail polish is flammable let’s not forget that" and a bloke added: "Nothing like the smell of acetone in an enclosed space."
It's not the first time someone has complained about the bad behaviour of a holidaymaker on a flight. Last year, a tourist complained of another woman painting her nails and said: "Every half hour she'd open it up and apply a new coat. My brother, who has special needs and is very sensitive to smells, was with me and was close to vomiting. It's a literal solvent in the air. It's inconsiderate, and basic plane etiquette to not release solvents into the air."
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