Md. family claims airline made them sit in vomit on flight

Family forced to sit in vomit on plane?

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Rockville dad says his family was forced to sit in vomit on their flight home from Orlando, Fl. Sunday.

Scott Shirley and his family were returning to the D.C. area from Orlando on a United flight when they started to store their bags underneath the seats. Shirley and his wife noticed their bags were wet. When his wife investigated further she discovered vomit. Shirley says he and his family were given two options, to either fly out the next day or stay in those seats. Due to his wife's job, they had to make it back that night and could not take the next day flight.

Instead of offering to come in and scrub the seats down, the airline offered them blankets.

Shirley also filed a claim at the airport for the damage to their bags. A United Spokesperson responded Stephanie Ramirez on the matter writing in part:

Hi Stephanie,

The situation Mr. Shirley described is certainly one that we wish no customer experiences, as our cleaners did not fully clean the seat area prior to departure. We offered them an alternate flight, but they decided to remain onboard. Our agents did the best they could in the short time they had to accommodate Mr. Shirley and keep the flight on time. We're reaching out to apologize for his experience.


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