LONDON — If you thought airplane seats couldn’t possibly be any more uncomfortable, wait until you hear what this guy had to endure while on a flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town.
According to USA Today, Andrew Wilkinson, a 39-year-old IT consultant from London, England, recently boarded a British Airways flight when he noticed a “wet patch” on his assigned seat. The stain, which he told British tabloid the Mirror was “the size of two decks of cards laid side by side”, wasn’t a result of spilled water as one would have thought. It was actually urine.
He alerted a flight attendant who confirmed it was, in fact, urine. But rather than reassign him to Business class as Wilkinson had assumed, the flight attendant handed him seat wipes from the plane’s restroom and instructed him to clean it up himself.
“I said to the stewardess: ‘You are obviously going to move me into business, aren’t you? I can’t really sit here,’” Wilkinson told the Mirror. “She said she would see what she would do but I wasn’t moved.”
Wilkinson had no choice but to sit in the urine-soaked seat for the duration of the flight. By the end of it, he said he “could feel it seeping into his jeans”, despite having laid a blanket across the stain.
Upon hearing about his ordeal, British Airways said in a statement to Inc.: “We were very concerned to hear about this and have been in touch with our customer to apologize and make amends.” The airline ended up offering Wilkinson 5,000 frequent flyer points, enough for a one-way trip to Paris.
As for Wilkinson’s pee-ridden jeans? No word as to whether BA offered to pick up the dry cleaning bill.