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Munyee Lau writes open letter to fellow air traveler, chastizing them for rude behavior
Munyee Lau writes open letter to fellow air traveler, chastizing them for rude behavior

Munyee Lau writes open letter to fellow air traveler, chastizing them for rude behavior

Munyee Lau was expecting to get some rest on her 8-hour AirAsia flight from Singapore to Sydney. But after an inconsiderate passenger ruined her flight, Lau penned an open letter calling out the rude air traveler.

Fellow passengers can be really irritating, whatever mode of transport you’re on.

Whether they’re speaking on their mobile, their music’s too loud on their headphones (or they don’t even use headphones), or they’re just plain rude, we sometimes want to stab a pencil in their eyes.

Forget all that, though, because Lau Munyee may have found the most annoying person ever.

She had to put up a woman who had feet that smelt so of ‘death and decay’, kicked the back of her chair repeatedly, talked really loud, and had to put up with her eating ‘obnoxious snacks’.

She told MailOnline: ‘I wrote the letter on the motion sickness bag because I couldn’t sleep a wink throughout the entire flight and had to find a means of distracting myself from the smell – short of jumping off the plane.’


Dear passenger 15A,

You do not know me but I was seated in front of you during the flight from Singapore to Sydney on April 12th.

What I had initially thought to be a routine flight turned out to be a once in a lifetime experience – and it was all because of you.

I am writing this letter to thank you personally.

Being the cheapskate that I am, I did not pay extra for a seat next to the emergency exit.

Though it offered more legroom, I couldn’t be bothered to read the special safety procedures. The last thing I would want is to compromise the lives of all the innocent passengers because I do not know how to open the airplane door.

Despite my common economy seat, you offered me a full back massage by repeatedly kicking the back of chair. To date, I have yet to regain full mobility of the lower half of my body. But since I am single, I suppose I don’t have much use for it anyway.

I did not pay for the in-flight entertainment package and I was worried that I might get bored. But my concerns were unnecessary. You were talking so loudly, as if your friend was seated in the cargo hold rather than right next to you.

Perhaps she’s hard of hearing? This might strike you as odd but for the first time in my life, I wished I had a hearing impairment too.

Also, could you tell me where you bought those obnoxious snacks? I assume that they must have been delicious cause you rip one open every 30 minutes.

Thanks for the loud rustling and chewing ambient sounds!

At this point, I thought, ‘It can’t get any better than this.’ But what I had meant as a rhetorical question, you took as a challenge.

For immediately, my nose was assaulted by a putrid smell of death and decay.

The stench was so strong that I turned to check if the old lady seated next to me was still breathing.

It was so nice of you to take off your shoes and put your feet between my seat and the plane window. It must have taken considerable effort – it was a small space but you stuck it as close to my face as you possibly could.

Your kindness moves me.

The sun is rising above the horizon; the sky is bleeding crimson and gold. But I cannot turn to gaze at this everyday miracle because every time I do, I smell the anus of Satan.

I had half the mind to pull down the oxygen mask above me. But then I remembered that I was flying on a budget airline, so I’d probably have to pay extra for that.

Did you know that you have made me a more religious person?

I have said more prayers in that eight-hour flight than I have in my entire life.

I was torn between asking God for strength to endure the rest of the journey and,
‘SWEET GUAN YIN MA [a Buddhist nun], TAKE ME HOME!’

This experience has been so memorable that I am writing this from my therapist’s office. I have also signed up for ten more sessions to talk about it.

Thank you once again.

Insincerely yours,

Passenger 14A


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    1. That was so funny, damn you got a great sense of humor ………

    2. Very well written. I hope that in the future, this smelly woman in 15A realizes that she is disgusting and will try to clean up her act the next time she flies.

    3. Diane Skolnique

      Why didn’t Munyee just turn around and ask the lady to refrain from what she was doing? It’s that simple. Instead of written a scree and being obnoxious.

    4. Firstly, AirAsia don’t fly the route she says she was travelling, their only flight to Sydney is from Kuala Lumpur. Secondly, of she was on the KL – SYD flight the there is no seat behind 14a, just the exit, then the toilets, then row 17

    5. Why didn’t she just turn around and ask her nicely to stop kicking her seat and putting her feet up between her seat and the window? If you ask nicely, and they don’t, then just put your seat back as far as you can and enjoy the bumpy ride. Oh, I get it, she needed to have a story to write.

    6. Funny letter, but just man up and say something. If you had mentioned any of this to her in the first 30 mins of your flight, the remainder may have been much more enjoyable. Why are some people so scared of human to human communication?

    7. Jonathan Frame

      Why didn’t she speak up? What the other passenger did was disgusting and rude. especially sticking her feet into her space but why complain now? I seriously would have said something even if it started a scene. Rude disrespectful people like that cannot be tolerated.

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