Eating Another Passenger's Turkey Melt
Even if you have a prescription for Ambien, Ativan or another sleep aid, it's often difficult to use these drugs when you travel—without having things go screwy. Kayak spokesperson Kevin Turner knows someone who was flying to South Africa and popped an Ambien for the 15-hour flight. The person wasn't used to taking sleeping pills and was so disoriented when he got up to go to the restroom that he came back and sat in someone else's seat—and wound up eating their meal while that person was in the bathroom. Turner has also heard of people taking a pill before getting on the plane, and then when boarding is delayed, they fall asleep in the gate area and miss their flight. Many physicians discourage taking sleeping pills on flights, since the deep sleep and resulting inactivity can contribute to blood-clot formation, which is much more serious than sleep deprivation.