Reporter Apologizes for Barfing on the Job

Navy Times reporter Josh Stewart, who writes the ScoopDeck, finds himself oddly apologizing for puking on a military aircraft.

In a post Monday, he writes of the ordeal, saying:

“I’m just writing to apologize for getting airsick in your C-2A Greyhound. It was certainly unintentional. You handled the plane with steady hands as we flew from Naval Air Station Mayport, Fla., to the carrier Enterprise last week. We even had weather on our side, allowing for a particularly calm flight.” He lamented, “If only my stomach was able to manage my breakfast as well as you flew the COD.”

He goes on to apologize to the cooks who made his breakfast — a banana muffin with green apple syrup. The story itself could make a reader nauseated as he includes a graphic description of the smell of the aviation fuel, the lack of windows and heat. “Please don’t think any less of me for this,” he writes.

Think less of him? Never. Stewart is known for being graphic. One of his biggest scoops at Navy Times involved malfunctioning toilets on the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush.

In a phone interview with FishbowlDC…

Stewart explained that this is the first time he ever remembers being air sick. “I don’t think I’ve ever been airsick before,” he said. “It happens to a lot of people.” Of course it does, but what did his editor say when he broached the topic of a post about it? “I told him I want to write a tongue in cheek apology. It’s unavoidable. Its’ one of those things that happens…while being self-deprecating and tongue in cheek in the process.”

Logistics were tough as Stewart was harnessed into his seat with his shoulders pinned. “It was entirely in the seat next to me,” he said of the vomit, explaining that the seat was fortunately vacant. He was reluctant to unbuckle himself because he was told they had a 15-second landing warning, which means the aircraft jumps from about 100 mph to 0 in two seconds. “It feels like when you go on a roller coast and you’re being thrown around,” he said.

All’s well that ends well. Upon landing, the reporter kindly cleaned up his mess.


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