Nail Polish - on a plane?

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  1. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    Rather strange question here - not for me - for mrssimongr. She gets very bored/stressed on planes and one thing she does to relax is paint her nails - so I was wondering what people's thoughts would be if someone opened up some nail polish on a plane? Are there any rules against it? Would it be deemed rude? Would the smell carry and affect people? I saw the comment in one thread here about someone changing a baby on the tray table - hope this isnt in the same league?

  2. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

    Dec 25, 2004
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    #2 Mal, Oct 24, 2006
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2006
  3. one9

    one9 Active Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    Whilst I am not really aware of the smell travelling, I remember reading a letter to the editor in the Sydney MX recently about someone being very offended by the smell from a woman applying nail polish in a train, and when they confronted her, she was quite angry.
  4. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    Maybe in F where there is plenty of space around you, but I would not be too happy if I was sitting nearby and someone started to paint their nails. So I would suggest its not a good idea in business or economy cabins.

    If really desperate, then perhaps ask the FA if she can sit in a crew seat near the galley/exit door and do it there.
  5. Maca44

    Maca44 Established Member

    Sep 2, 2005
    I don't like the smell of nail polish, nail polish remover or ladies hairdressing salons, but it may be only me or a male thing. In saying that, I have never been on a flight where a passenger (female or male) was using nail polish but I think the smell in such a confined space of the pressurised metal tube would offend some pax.
  6. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    So that's a no then ;)
  7. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    surely that depends on how much you care for mrssimongr?
  8. serfty


    Nov 16, 2004
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    Maybe she could retire to one of the personal ablution cubicles(©) and apply the goop there; hopefully the evaporating solvent won't set off the Smoke detectors ...
  9. NM


    Aug 27, 2004
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    Could be quite a queue of desperate ablution users by the time she emerges :evil: .
  10. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    Normally the polishing takes about 45mins all up - so may not be a popular choice to use the amenities...
  11. Alan in CBR

    Alan in CBR Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Canberra ACT
    I've only once seen someone try to use nail polish on a flight (it was a QF flight). Flight Attendant very quickly, but politely, informed the woman that the use of nail polish was not permitted. This was a few years ago (pre-9/11). It wasn't stated whether this was a Civil Aviation Regulation, a Qantas rule, or the FA's personal rule.

    Personally I like the smell of nail polish, but regardless of whether it is allowed or not, I think the potential to offend is too great in this instance.
  12. Bolman

    Bolman Junior Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Downstairs near the front door of from my apartment, there are a bunch of nail/beauty salons. The smell is almost unbearable to me. I have often wondered - do these people get high from the fumes each day working there? Surely some brain cells are being killed.

    Definately don't want someone polishing (or removing) sitting anywhere near me.
  13. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    yeah, go right ahead ... no worries at all. you can use your nail polish ...

    just allow me to pick my toe nails, clean out my toe jams, clean out the wax in my ears with a cotton bud etc ...
  14. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    But seriously its not that bad bigjobs... all it is is painting - there was no toe nail clippage suggested :shock:
  15. Commuter

    Commuter Active Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    Isn't nail polish Class III (flammable liquids) dangerous goods?
  16. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    Nail polish remover is classified by most OH&S authorities as a dangerous liquid. It's not allowed on our business premises due to OH&S policy!
  17. #17 NYCguy, Oct 28, 2006
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2006
    I have, on a few occasions, seen flight attendants ask women to desist their nail-painting in the First cabin. On each occasion it was aboard a trans-pac long-haul. Perhaps it is, indeed, the boredom factor. However, the solvents still stink, and I personally consider it objectionable and extraordinarily rude to use nail varnish or varnish remover in-flight.

    Of course, that still leaves the unpleasant consequences of being locked in a pressurised aluminium tube with someone who has been eating baked beans, or jerusalem artichokes. It's a bit more difficult to put the lid on that!

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