The Daily Dose Blog The Daily Dose Blog Home

Paralyzed by a pretty face

Insecurity lands an airline passenger in the hospital.

By Rich_Maloof Mar 12, 2013 4:21PM

Anyone who has flown knows the feeling. You’re just getting settled into your cramped coach quarters when the heavy guy you saw in the airport comes heaving his way down the aisle and — uh-oh — it looks like he’s headed for your row.

Now imagine you are the overweight person on the plane. 

Photo: Oote Boe/Getty ImagesYou can see the eyes rolling and the looks of dread as you find your seat. After the embarrassment of walking the aisle like it’s a gauntlet, and blocking the way while you stuff your bag overhead, you cram into your window seat. But now your nightmare comes walking down the aisle. It’s the nice-looking passenger you saw in the airport and — uh-oh — it looks like they’re headed for your row.

More from MSN Living: 25 ways technology has changed our lives

That’s what happened to a man on a five-hour flight in Asia. According to local reports, a 40-year-old passenger was in a window seat when a beautiful woman boarded and took the seat next to him. Rather than being thrilled by his luck, he was overcome by anxiety.

The unnamed man was so painfully self-conscious about his physical shape that he committed himself to not moving for the duration of the flight. He wasn’t going to squeeze past that lovely woman to go the bathroom, so he refrained from drinking anything at all for the five hours onboard, despite the familiar recommendation to stay well hydrated while flying. Because he didn’t want her to catch a glimpse of his gut, he didn’t even dare stretch out his arms or excuse himself to extend his legs. He sat there, immobile, for five hours.

More from MSN Living: 20 things everyone should do at least once

When the plane landed in the Fujian province, passengers deboarded but the man couldn’t move. He soon lost consciousness altogether. He was rushed to a local hospital and diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, in which a long period of sitting causes blood clots to form in the legs. It’s a serious condition. A clot can travel from the legs to the lungs and result in a fatal pulmonary embolism.

The reports don’t cite the man’s weight, and even a slimmer guy might have been overcome by insecurity in the same situation. But there’s another side to the fat jokes that flow as easily as cracks about airplane food, and it’s more than a little sad.

More from Daily Dose:
4 women who are changing the world
Daylight Saving Time: For or against?
2085: The year the gender gap closes

Subscribe to the Daily Dose

Love content like this? Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Pinterest

Photo: Oote Boe/Getty Images

Mar 21, 2013 5:01AM
He made a decision and his deep vein thrombosis was the result of that decision.

Let's call things the way they are and not disguise them with words like "paralysis" to create misleading impressions. I'm sick and tired of seeing human beings portrayed as helpless victims buffeted around by tragic circumstances.
Mar 13, 2013 2:34AM
If your THAT embarrassed  about your "physical condition" then you should run to your destination / not fly there (get some exercise!) 

No go? 

Then - Get over it man, push past her and go pee. Jesus. How stupid.
Mar 12, 2013 6:11PM
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

inspire: live a better life

  • Off-season vacation destinations

    The 10 best off-season vacation deals in the world

    Summer and winter tend to hog all the glory when it comes to travel high seasons. Sure, you want to soak up all the time at the beach you can during the summer, and you just want to escape the cold during the last months of the year.

  • Best places for fall foliage

    The 16 best places to see fall foliage

    Who just wants to stand around and watch the red and gold leaves slowly fall from their tree branches to the ground as we move from summer to fall? Instead, take in the changing seasons while you're on the move.

  • 30 things you learn in your 30s

    30 things that will (probably) happen in your 30s

    In September, I'll turn 38. I'm at the age now where, when people ask how old I am, it takes me a minute to remember. I don't know if that's because I've already been 37 different ages and it's hard to keep straight which one I am now, or if it's because I'm in denial, or if it's because I am going senile. Maybe a combination of all of the above. Regardless, my 30s have flown by and soon they will be but a memory. So, in an effort to preserve the memory I have left (or at least keep a record of it), and to celebrate what has been an amazing decade so far, here are 30 things that have happened to me in my 30s (and will probably happen to you too):

  • Great travel tech gadgets

    The 8 best travel tech accessories for every trip

    Traveling doesn't have to be stressful. And what you can fit in your carry-on can make all the difference (and not just a fresh pair of socks), especially when you get that low battery signal.

  • The Science

    5 surprising ways to live longer

    Volunteering (and these other rituals) might be just as good as exercise when it comes to extending your life.

  • Don’t hit snooze

    7 cures for a case of the Mondays

    Use these tricks to set a better tone for the rest of the week.

  • King's Night: Amsterdam, Holland

    The 10 wildest celebrations in the world

    Whether it involves a food fight, mermaids or a torch-lit procession, people the world over know how to have a good time. Here are some of the biggest, boldest, booziest celebrations around, along with some tips to get the full experience.

  • green brain image (Courtesy of Newser)

    Scientists turn bad memories to happy ones

    Research could mean more effective treatment for human disorders.

  • Cultura\Getty Images(Cultura\Getty Images)

    4 reasons journaling is good for you

    An entry a day might keep the doctor away (or at least the shrink).

  • Getty Images(Getty Images)

    Appreciating the Small Things in Life

    One woman's shout-outs to daily moments of joy — and how to cultivate them.

  • Woman jogging (Photo: Huffington Post)
  • Getty Images // Magazine

    Little ways to feel healthier and happier

    Our best health and fitness tips including the one move that tones all, berry news, and more.

about rich maloof
buzzing now on msn living
inspire videos
editor's picks