Just got back from a16 hour direct AA flight from Delhi.
so this old guy sits down next to me, coughing all the way down the jetway and to his seat, serious body wracking coughing that goes on for about 20 minutes non-stop. of course, he doesn't try to cover his mouth and he is talking the whole time, to his wife, to me, to others. I am convinced that he is going to get me sick, so I go talk to the stew about moving me - I am riding on a $5K ticket (just that leg) and I am a platinum member, I figure I deserve not to get sick. so there are no seats in business or first, and I am not sitting in economy for 16 hours after having paid for business. while I am talking to the purser, a few other business class passengers join me to express consern - one of them says that he is sure this guy has TB, and his coughing sounds like it.
I usually have a surgical mask in my bag, for just such an occasion, but I used it a month or so ago on another fliight, and forgot to get another one.
so, I am arguing with the purser, and get to the point where I suggest that they should have a doctor check the old guy out to make sure he isn't going to infect the whole plane (and, yes, maybe that was too much, but this guy really sounded like he might have TB or something serious, and you never fucking know).
anyway, they basically tell me that they can get me on another flight in 24 hours, or I should shut the fuck up. so I sit back down, and of course 10 minutes after take off the guy stops coughing, and I spend the next 15 hours sitting next to him, with him giving me dirty looks, and everybody else having forgotten that they were worried about him, too. I am the asshole here.
anyway, hopefully I don't have TB.