Airline Passenger Paints Her Nails, Seatmates Fume She Applies A Top Coat

Before airline deregulation, airline tickets were so expensive that most people couldn’t afford to fly. Now anyone who can buy a ticket is allowed on buses in the sky. There’s no decency requirement, and there shouldn’t be, but that doesn’t mean whatever y’all are doing up there as passengers is ok.

Among the worst things you do on a plane – that doesn’t include touching another passenger – are draping your hair over someone else’s seat back, covering their entertainment screen, and sticking your bare feet in the air or on someone else’s tray table.

But maybe the absolute worst is bare feet, clipping toenails at your seat during the flight. And instead of collecting the clippings, you just flick them off, and one lands on your seat opponent?

It can’t be too far off of that to sit at your seat painting your nails, right? Personal grooming of any kind at your seat, surrounded by hundreds of people in close proximity, is just wrong isn’t it?

This woman painting her nails on a 3 hour plane journey.
by u/tazdoestheinternet in mildlyinfuriating

The woman isn’t just painting her nails, she’s sending the waft of nail polish into the cabin. And she’s sitting there for three hours drying them. Four passengers complained on the flight to a crewmember, but the woman didn’t stop. Instead she proceeded to “do[..] the top coat.”

Oddly some commenters spoke up in defense of the woman with newly-found prettied-up nails, suggesting that this shouldn’t bother anyone and that the smell of nail polish smells pretty good actually. But that a few people might not mind it doesn’t mean it’s ok for the rest of the cabin to be subjected to it.

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  1. The ME generation , it’s all about me and I don’t care if it annoys anybody else. nobody else matters but me . The current attitude of a large section of the US society today . It will only get worse

  2. Mr. Fitzpatrick has it exactly right! The degradation of American society playing out right before our very eyes. And sadly yes, it will only get worse.

  3. Yes, it smells “good”, which is why some people huff it. It’s also not the greatest thing for you. It should be a no, no around other people trapped in a small metal tube.

    “Toluene (C₆H₅CH₃) is a colorless liquid with a sweet, pungent odor. Exposure to toluene can cause eye and nose irritation, tiredness, confusion, euphoria, dizziness, headache, dilated pupils, tears, anxiety, muscle fatigue, insomnia, nerve damage, inflammation of the skin, and liver and kidney damage.”

  4. Dennis and Mo, you’re aware YOUR elders said the same about your generation?

  5. “There’s no decency requirement, and there shouldn’t be, but that doesn’t mean whatever y’all are doing up there as passengers is ok.”

    Yes, there should be, and your comment is inconsistent.

    If there is no decency requirement then everything being done up there is OK.

  6. @ Chad

    How does exhibiting gratuitously selfish and anti social behavior promote the goal of securing the best mate ?! Hint – it doesn’t.

    And why do we all know emotionally mature and selfless women who are yet to have kids or never had kids!? Hint – empathy and attendant maternal instincts don’t depend upon the trigger of having a child.

    Ironically the classic incel blames their failure to attract a quality mate on the female as evidenced by your post.

    And ironically such sociopathy is ingrained into the incel psyche.

    In other words, dude, your post is the online equivalent of painting toenails in a social setting. Which colour did you choose on your visit to the nail

    In the meantime your sexist attitudes attest to the necessity of a feminist cause.

  7. Nail Polish and remover are allowed as a carry-on but banned for use onboard by the FAA. They are considered hazardous material.

    Surprised the FA didn’t have a stronger response here.

  8. Oh, I get it, @Chad. You’re a troll. It all makes sense now. I was a little slow on the uptake, but I’m with you now.

  9. “The use of nail polish is not allowed on American Airlines flights,” according to a spokesman.

  10. Another “I am the most important of the 150 passengers on this plane”. You have to be so out of touch and so narcissistic to do something like this. The smell is awful, this should have been immediately shut down by the crew. A candidate for the no-fly list IMO.

  11. “Al LeFeusch says:
    May 26, 2023 at 4:54 am
    This is why I refuse to sit in coach with the plebs.”

    If only it was limited to the back of the plane. I once sat up front on a UA flight watching this disgusting person floss his teeth for an extended period of time – at least he was thorough. If that wasn’t bad enough, he was stuffing his used floss in the seatback! I pointed that out to the FA who said that they would inform housekeeping.

  12. @dale that’s horrific. This is also why, in addition to never flying coach, I very rarely fly domestic. International first/business has a much more private accommodation. The newest business class products on even the lower end international airlines, like British Airways, now have doors. For domestic travel, I travel in an RV for maximum comfort. I’m retired, so I’m luckily in no hurry.

    All the best to you. People are animals out there.

  13. When flying British Airways and given a choice, most passengers prefer to smell nail polish instead of passenger poop. But, according to Travel Noire, “Right before takeoff at the highly trafficked London’s Heathrow Airport, a man flying to Nigeria, drops his pants and defecates dead center of the aircraft’s economy class cabin. When passengers couldn’t imagine their travel story to get any worse, the flight takes an even more disturbing turn when the man begins to lotion his body with his own feces. Shocking both the staff and the passengers, he continues to smear his feces into the carpet and on the seats of the plane. Terrified by what they were witnessing, crew members promptly began to notify emergency officials to remove the man off the plane.”

    Read more about poop on a plane:

  14. This was not any airline that I know of. The seats are wrong for a big 3 airline. I don’t suspect that painting one’s nails on an airplane is something that most every airline in the world would allow. Terribly rude.

  15. Ummm, nail polish contains toluene, phthalates, ketones and a host of other substances that are not only flammable but which are totally unsuitable for any environment with a limited number of air changes per hour. The fact that people can be so selfish, clueless and generally stupid tends to piss me off at this point.

    Meanwhile, the same flight attendants that will squawk at your for the smallest infractions seemed powerless to come down on this PITA. Why? Once again, some people get hauled off by a riot squad and others are left alone to let the flammables and various carcinogens volatilize from the surface of their stinky azz toes so that the poor bastards seated within a 5 foot radius of Her Highness can breathe them in.

  16. There is a health reason for avoiding painting nails. Some nail polishes still contain toluene which is a toxic chemical that vaporizes when exposed to air when the bottle is opened and applied. Thus, this individual (and others like her) are exposing fellow passengers to this chemical through cabin air. This chemical is also flammable. Use of nail polish and other liquids containing volatile toxic chemicals should be forbidden while in board aircraft. I’m surprised this is even allowed on domestic US airplanes.

  17. I guess I am in the minority here when I say that I could care less. People get their nails done in public places all the time. Just walked by a lady in the mall getting her nails done at an open pop up store kiosk. If someone had an allergy and informed the FA then that is a different story. And before all you haters respond I really don’t care about your nasty comments. It’s just my opinion something most people no longer tolerate.

  18. @CMorgan – Oh, you make it so easy. Yes, most people no longer tolerate your opinion. And it’s “couldn’t care less”, not “could care less”.

  19. @CMorgan — Did you have to sit next to her for hours while they dried? No. You kept walking. Can’t do that on a plane, dumbass.

  20. In the post on X, there is no mention of this woman painting her toenails, and the picture clearly shows she’s painting her fingernails on the tray table.

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