COVID-19 has made everyone a bit stir crazy – and for those who are finally flying for the first time in months – it looks like they’ve forgotten all sense of travel decency.
From angry passengers assaulting flight attendants over wearing a mask, to a pilot even getting his tooth knocked out while trying to use the bathroom – flying these days has turned into a real-life WWE match!
In fact, these stories take “Passengers Behaving Badly” to a whole new level of insanity. Here are the craziest ones.
It’s clear people are fed up with COVID-19 and are more than willing to take out their anger on the nearest breathing body.
And look – we get it – all the “safety mandates” and hoops passengers must jump through in order to fly are annoying.
But, in order to fly, this is where we are.
So while refusing to wear a mask on “principle” may be admirable – it won’t get you to your destination.
On one Delta flight, when a man was asked to put on his mask and fasten his seatbelt – he refused.
The Delta flight attendant then proceeded to ask the passenger (and his guest) to exit the plane – and that’s when things got really crazy.
“In response, the passenger accompanying the non-compliant traveler ignored the flight attendant’s instructions, began yelling expletives at the flight attendant and other passengers, and struck the flight attendant under her left eye,” said the FAA.
BBC journalist Suzanne Kianpour, who was on the flight, tweeted that the altercation went down over a passenger’s refusal to wear a mask “as per policy.” She included a video in which you can see the passenger clearly punch the Delta employee.
“She hit her face! Oh lord!,” said a woman off camera. “You can’t hit a flight attendant!”
Yeah that’s correct – you can’t hit a flight attendant…
… but you shouldn’t hit anyone!
I mean really?
Socking a flight attendant in the eye for telling you to wear a mask?
You aren’t getting any sympathy from us.
But it looks like travelers everywhere are unable to control their anger.
An American Airlines flight was forced to land early after two enraged females began using racial slurs and actually spat on a passenger when he asked them to stop.
The women were arrested and banned from flying with American Airlines, reports the Daily Mail.
I mean look, we get it. You’ve been cooped up in your home for a year.
But if you can’t control yourself on a flight – maybe you shouldn’t fly.
Nobody else wants to deal with your drama – we just want to get from Point A to Point B without our flight being delayed or turned around.
Not to mention, flight attendants don’t have the patience (and truthfully, aren’t trained well enough) to deal with rude passengers.
But… before you start feeling too sorry for the flight crew… don’t think they’re just innocent bystanders in the chaos.
A pilot on a Donghai Airlines flight went to use the bathroom and found a passenger waiting to use the same lavatory.
Instead of the flight attendant doing her job and asking the passenger to give priority to the pilot – she let the pilot advocate for himself, which made him irritated.
When the pilot confronted the flight attendant, an altercation occurred and she ended up with a broken arm – and he left with a missing tooth, reports Paddle Your Own Kanoo.
So on your next flight, as you sit with your mask, hand sanitizer, and bottle of water (if they let you bring it), don’t worry if your online entertainment screen isn’t working.
You just might have front row seats to a real-life, action-packed brawl!
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