I could smell it many paces away…my seatmate from Doha to Ho Chi Minh City was not just a smoker, but a pipe smoker. The smell was distinct and unmistakable.
And while I prefer the smell of smoke from a corn cob pipe over that of a cigarette, cigar, or especially marijuana, such a strong smell in a confined place is just unpleasant.
It was the sort of the smell that leads to quick headaches and at least causes me to breathe out of my mouth rather than my nose. And this was a 7hr,35min international flight…
My solution was simple: the flight was less than half full and I asked a FA if I could move to an open row. I did not even have to insult the man…there was enough space for every passenger to have their own section of two aboard Qatar’s A330-330 in a 2-2-2 configuration.
But what if the flight had been full? Like my marijuana-drenched seatmate in California, what if there was no escape?
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The difficulty is not so much in passengers who smell like they haven’t showered in weeks…I believe there is universal agreement on how unacceptable that is. But what about passengers who just subjectively smell bad…too much cologne or tobacco?
Should seat mates have any recourse? Or must they just grin and bear it?
Again, I plead with fellow passenger: keep your smells to yourself, even if you think they are not offensive.