You know exactly what I’m talking about. Sometime you’re a loser in the “airplane seat lottery” and wind up next to the person who smells like they haven’t bathed in a month and/or have no idea of what deodorant is. AND it’s an 8-hour flight.
After all, there’s not much you can do about it, right? Just grin (or grimace) and bear it and hope the flight goes quickly. Well, it turns out there’s something you can proactively do to help your situation.
Yup. Good ol’ Vicks VapoRub. Bring a small container (they even sell one that’s the size and shape of a lip balm so it can fit in your bag o’ liquids) and just rub some under your nose. It won’t make the smell go away completely, but it should help to take the edge off.
By the way, most airlines do have rules about having body odor on a flight, and they CAN stop a person from flying, IF the smelly problem appears to be due to poor hygiene. But if the smell seems to be due to a health-related reason (i.e. incontinence), it’s not in their jurisdiction to kick them off the plane.
So have that Vicks at the ready, travel friends!
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