Spring is in the air and with it brings passengers who clearly are experiencing a bit of “spring fever”.
While there are always passengers who act out on flights – it seems to escalate each spring.
From a drunken passenger threatening to bite a flight attendant to an irate man determined to open up the emergency exit – midflight – here is the latest edition of passengers behaving badly.
A Drunken Newlywed Assault
Mohammed Razaq was a newlywed – but instead of being happy and celebrating the honeymoon he was drowning his sorrows in alcohol at an airport in Dubai because his family didn’t approve of his new wife.
Apparently, Razaq became so drunk on the plane they stopped serving him alcohol – which further irritated his already inebriated state.
And then – things got physical.
Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported:
“At one point, Razaq groped a female flight attendant as she bent down to collect rubbish on the cabin floor. He then threatened to punch a male flight attendant and told the female cabin crew manager that he would “bite your nose and ears off and burn you like Guy Fawkes”.
He then punched a seat with such force that the headrest was left bent out of shape. Emirates says it cost £200 to repair the damage.
Razaq continued to ask for more alcohol until he eventually passed out in his seat. The flight continued to Manchester, where Razaq was arrested on arrival”.
Thankfully Razaq is serving time for sexual assault along with another slew of charges.
Talk about a tough first few years of marriage!
Exit Door Chaos
And then there was the passenger traveling Moscow to Magadan who became belligerent and tried to start a physical brawl in the sky.
Think fights on planes are made up?
They aren’t – and they actually do happen – even between pilots!
But in this instance, the unruly passenger became physical with other passengers and the cabin crew and then bolted towards the emergency door where he proceeded to try and open it – midflight, reported BNN Breaking.
Thankfully he was able to be restrained until the flight landed – but what a scare.
Banned From An Airline AND An Airport!
You know you really messed up when you get banned from flying from a particular airline…
… AND possibly an entire airport.
Passenger John Medway apparently had a bit too much to drink and was arguing (loudly) with his wife on the plane.
Sadly, he was also traveling with his three children who witnessed the entire thing.
His behavior continued to escalate and Medway began standing up and shouting at other passengers…
… provoking them too.
A member of the airline crew reported it was one of the worst experiences they had in over 14 years.
Finally upon landing, Medway stumbled off the plane – but still didn’t own up to his antics.
The Mirror reported:
“John Medway later described himself as only being ‘five out of 10” drunk but a court heard that he had downed three quarters of a litre bottle of vodka”.
But the judge wasn’t having it and issued a scathing statement.
The Mirror continued:
“District Judge Wendy Lloyd told him: “You made a decision to drink far too much knowing you were on a flight.
“No-one could go anywhere, people were stuck in a tin box high in the sky and unable to get away from you,” she told him.
“It must have been a terrifying experience for the people on that plane, the staff and other passengers.
“Even when you had been handcuffed you continued with your dreadful behaviour and were warned numerous times and staff on board gave you every opportunity to calm down.
“Your suggestion you were only five out of ten drunk to the probation service is clearly nonsense as you were clearly drunk and even now trying to blame other passengers from Manchester and the police for your behaviour.
“You do not seem to fully take on board that all this was due to your bad behaviour.”
So if you plan on traveling this spring – be prepared as you could be a firsthand witness of the next example of passengers behaving badly!
Have you ever encountered a passenger behaving badly while traveling?
If so, what was your experience like?
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