On the face of it, there is little that can be more embarrassing than being thrown out of a flight because of body odour.india Updated: Jun 19, 2006 02:00 IST
On the face of it, there is little that can be more embarrassing than being thrown out of a flight because of body odour. Clearly, the German citizen who was offloaded when passengers complained of his heavy-duty BO, was embarrassed and angered enough to head to court instead of the shower-room and has sued the airlines for their unprofessional conduct. It may have served his purpose better had he stopped by at a doctor’s, for a BO that strong is a medical condition that is treated fairly easily. In fact, research for this has revealed that for that really awful smell that no perspirant can mask, the infamous Botox (used to remove frown lines/ wrinkles) is an effective remedy.
There’s room to feel bad for the ‘smelly one’, for it’s not something that can be laughed away. Body odour is said to be the ‘greatest anti-social modern epidemic’. Most medical websites and journals unfailingly lament the inclusion of personal hygiene which, strictly speaking, should be given nowadays. But equally true is the fact that BO is a prime driver of deodorant and anti-perspirant sales, which make up a whopping $ 2 billion-plus sales in the US alone.
So the courts, when judging the case, may want to inquire whether the gentleman in question tried to ‘do away’ with his BO in the first place. Or maybe he just chose to turn his nose up at any such suggestion.