I also can’t comprehend how some people think it’s okay to take care of their personal hygiene on an airplane like clipping their nails, tweezing their eyebrows or giving themselves a manicure. In the past, I would tell the passenger it’s not allowed to apply nail polish on a plane because both nail polish and nail polish remover are highly flammable. But after getting chewed out, now I would just ring the call button so the flight attendant can do the dirty work. They always shut it down immediately.
Unfortunately, it’s happened at least twice in the past week as two incidents made the news.
First, last week, the Daily Mail reported: “An American Airlines flight from Miami to Barbados had to return to the airport after flyers became sick due to an ‘acetone smell.’ AA Flight 338 departed Miami International Airport around 6pm on Wednesday, but had to return due to a strong chemical odor – believed to be nail polish remover – coming from a passenger’s carry-on item. Some passengers reportedly became sick and started vomiting due to the strong smell.”
Then Yahoo wrote a story about a viral Reddit thread titled: This woman painting her nails on a 3 hour plane journey. There were over 600 comments and the most popular was from Twinkletoes1951: “Happened on a flight I was on; flight attendant came over and shut that down within a minute for degrading the air quality.”
However, what I find even more shocking is that neither nail polish nor nail polish remover are illegal to bring onboard (something I just learned).
Regarding nail polish remover, the TSA’s website says:
Carry On Bags: Yes (Less than or equal to 3.4oz/100 ml allowed)
Checked Bags: Yes
“The FAA limits the total amount of restricted medicinal and toiletry articles in checked baggage. The total aggregate quantity per person cannot exceed 2 kg (70 ounces) or 2 L (68 fluid ounces). The capacity of each container must not exceed 0.5 kg (18 ounces) or 500 ml (17 fluid ounces). See the FAA regulations for more information.”Fortunately, I have never had to endure the smell of acetone on a flight, yet. But I have endured a guy slipping toenails of his dirty feet. And a woman openly breast feeding a seven year old! Or the farting old lady on our flight from Costa Rica!
But the one thing people, mostly women do, is toss their hair continuously during a flight. The hair hangs over the seat back, resulting in a myriad of particles (including dandruff) falling onto me, my tray table, and possible my food and drink!!! And it seems to happen elsewhere too, like in church, sports venues, or at funerals!!!
Let me be the first to tell you that airplanes, church, and funeral parlors are not the fashion show catwalk!!!
After more than a million miles in the air, I think I have earned the right to complain.