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Passenger Forced to Sit Beside Vomit on Dublin-Bound Ryanair Flight

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 19, 2015

Passenger Forced to Sit Beside Vomit on Dublin-Bound Ryanair Flight

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The BBC reported 24-year-old passenger Noel O'Hare was forced to sit inches away from vomit during a 90-minute flight from London's Gatwick Airport to Dublin Sunday. 

"Me and my friends were disgusted really," O'Hare told the BBC. "There was a smell of it."

O'Hare said he alerted the flight crew to the mess, but was told nothing could be done until the flight landed in Dublin. Because Gatwick isn't a Ryanair base, the flight crew told O'Hare there were no cleaners available and it would have to wait until they touched down in Ireland.  

A grossed-out O'Hare posted a photo of the unpleasant scene to Twitter: 

"We sincerely regret this incident which was caused by a shortage of cleaners at Gatwick Airport, which would have delayed the return flight by more than one hour," said Ryanair in a statement to BBC's Newsbeat. "The cabin crew blocked off the row of seats in order to minimise any delay to the return flight, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused."

O'Hare told the BBC that Ryanair apologized to him via Facebook and said he would fly with them again provided it is under normal circumstances. 

While O'Hare's experience was unenviable to say the least, we suppose it could have been worse

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