I’ve encountered vomit in public a few times.
A few weeks ago a fellow food safety nerd and I sat on a Seattle train and watched a woman 20 ft away yack on the floor while her partner consoled her. My friend and I figured that we’d get noro just by being there (we didn’t).
A few years ago my son threw up on a flight which led to a fascinating approach by Delta Airlines involving plastic bags to contain the risk and coffee pods to manage the smell.
According to BBC, a Rynair passenger was forced to sit next to a vomit pile on a flight from Gatwick to London this week.
A 24-year-old was forced to sit in the same aisle as vomit left by a previous passenger on a Ryanair flight from Gatwick to Dublin on Sunday.
Noel O’Hare noticed the smell and mess as soon as he sat down with his friends on the hour and a half flight.
He told Newsbeat the “unsightly mess” was on the ground mixed in with a bag and tissues.
Ryanair cabin staff told him that because Gatwick isn’t their base and their cleaners are in Dublin, it couldn’t be cleaned up until they arrived back in Ireland.
Spray and aerosolization of vomit particles makes being in that adjacent seat particularly fun.