Monday, May 04, 2009


Hey, I'm getting a planeload of kneejerk hate from Consumerist commenters today. In response to a post today, I said that folks who are sick shouldn't get on commercial aircraft and risk spreading their cough and cold germs to others. Apparently, this makes me a totally selfish jerk in the eyes of many judgmental and fired up Consumerist readers.

So be it. I shall wear my Selfish Jerk crown proudly today.

And welcome, heap of Consumerist readers dropping by to visit. May I recommend you start with the post about my mother, a link featured on the left side of your screen. It will be more enlightening than rants from strangers about how much I suck for not wanting to share recirculated air with people hacking and coughing.


Selfish Travel Weasel


Chuck said...

The internet is a great thing, but it makes it much easier for people to be anonymous assholes.

I agree completely with your sentiment, btw...sometimes people don't have a choice, but if at all possible, you shouldn't travel while you're sick.

Spencer said...

I see where you're coming from but it's not so black and white. I've flown sick once - and it was to see the friend I've known the longest get married in Vegas. Add to the fact that the airlines don't exactly make it attractive for you to miss a flight, and the traveller is in a pickle. And to be honest, people are selfish - they care about themselves - and if you're flying (which is about as enjoyable these days as root canal) you probably are doing it because you have to.

Anyway - I think you could make the same argument about anything - I think it's worse for people to come into work sick. I think that is where viruses flourish - because people are afraid to use sick days.