Last updated: 11:47 AM ET, Fri April 17 2015

Family Endures Vomit-Soaked Flight Home From Orlando

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 17, 2015

Family Endures Vomit-Soaked Flight Home From Orlando

Traveling with your family should be one of the best experiences imaginable, but one family heading home from Orlando, Florida, is claiming that they were forced to sit in vomit for the entire flight home to the Washington D.C. area.

According to, Scott Shirley and his family were boarding a United Airlines flight from Orlando when his wife discovered that the luggage they had stowed beneath their seats was getting wet.

Upon searching the stowage area, Shirley’s wife discovered vomit, and the family informed crew members. The United attendants informed the family that they had two options; either remain in their seats and deal with the vomit or leave the plane and take another flight the following day.

Attendants gave the family blankets, but did not offer to clean up the seats. Shirley filed an official complaint to United, and an airline spokesperson released a comment to, which read in part:

The situation Mr. Shirley described is certainly one that we wish no customer experiences, as our cleaners did not fully clean the seat area prior to departure. We offered them an alternate flight, but they decided to remain onboard. Our agents did the best they could in the short time they had to accommodate Mr. Shirley and keep the flight on time. We're reaching out to apologize for his experience.

There has been so much talk recently about the size of the seats in airplanes and crammed conditions, but no passengers deserve to be subjected to sitting in a row of seats with a pool of vomit underneath.


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