Category Archives: Crazy Passengers

Icelandair Passenger Duct Taped After He Gets Drunk on Flight

A passenger on an Icelandair flight from Reykjavik to JFK last week was restrained by passengers and flight crew and then duct taped to his seat.

Via Gothamist

He apparently drank an entire bottle of duty-free liquor prior to boarding the flight, then tried to choke the woman sitting next to him. I think that’s not considered normal in Iceland.

The Post In Which I Combine 3 Rather Odd Airline Passenger Stories

– A man wearing an anti-TSA t-shirt is told that the pilot of his Delta flight does not want him on the plane and refuses to let him board. I was less fascinated with that part than the part where he mentions he was flying home from a funeral. When he packed for the trip, he was thinking to himself, “Hm, yes, I’ll need the dark suit for the funeral; a pair of dress shoes; my anti-TSA t-shirt; a plastic bag for my 3 ounce liquids…” Reading his story, while I think being removed from the flight because of the t-shirt is nutty, if anyone deserved it, it’s this guy.

– A family of 4 flying on Buddy Passes with JetBlue gets stuck in Salt Lake City when the flights are full (Buddy Passes are what your friends who work for an airline give you so you can fly for free or a discount). As you might imagine, Buddy Passes are usable on a space available basis. After a few days went by and the guy couldn’t get a seat, he did what you or I would do — he started calling local TV news shows and telling them about his “plight.” The father of the family has turned down offers to buy them tickets home or give them hotel rooms – they have been sleeping in the airport and complaining about it. Best line? “The family has also been unable to shower since Wednesday.” Not so much “unable” as they’ve chosen to sleep in the airport.

– A woman flying PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) from Lahore (Pakistan) to Paris had a rude awakening when she discovered that the plane had landed in Paris, boarded a whole new group of people, then took off again for Lahore all while she was sleeping. Yes, she slept through the entire thing. Best part: she didn’t tell the cabin crew on the return flight what had happened.

Drunk Passenger Fights Crew When She’s Refused A Drink

After flight attendants refused to serve alcohol to an already inebriated passenger on a US Airways flight Tuesday from Charlotte to Ft. Myers, the passenger attacked crew members and had to be physically tethered to her seat.

She apparently “kicked, spit on and cursed at” crew members and was arrested and charged with battery and interfering with the operation of an aircraft when the plane landed in Ft. Myers.

The moral of the story, of course, is to bring your own alcohol on a plane, as who knows if the flight attendants will refuse to serve you.

Southwest Passenger Arrested After Painting Nails on Flight

My family knows that I basically have one rule in my life: no one can paint their nails in my vicinity. I’m serious. I’d rather sit in a middle seat for 18 hours on a charter flight filled entirely with tuna fish sandwiches. (Why would tuna fish sandwiches be chartering a flight? Good question. I’m not really sure.)

Anyway, a passenger on a Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Houston thought that for some reason it would be acceptable to inflict that smell on the other 150 people on the plane. Thankfully for those other people on the plane, the flight attendants asked the woman to stop. She agreed.

But then she decided that she really only had a couple of nails left to paint, and she really, really, really wanted to get them finished, so this person, obviously the most selfish person in the universe, headed to the bathroom to finish painting her nails in there, since no one would notice that smell trapped in that tiny cubicle.

A flight attendant confronted her when she exited the now-very-stinky bathroom, an argument ensued, and the passenger apparently spoke in a not particularly nice manner at the flight attendant. When the plane landed in Houston, police arrested her.

Charges were eventually dropped, but only after spending 10 hours in jail, which was clearly not long enough.

Yes, a Passenger Is Suing Continental Because There Was Turbulence on Her Flight

Back in 2009, Colleen O’Neal took a Continental Airlines flight (operated by Colgan Air) from College Station, Texas, to Houston. The flight encountered some pretty severe turbulence due to thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area, causing the quick hop to take about two hours as the plane maneuvered around the scattered storms.

For this, Ms. O’Neal is now suing Continental Airlines (as well as United Airlines and Colgan Air) because she claims she has post-traumatic stress disorder from the flight.


Yes, she said she has post-traumatic stress disorder from the flight. How so? The suit notes that the plane “fell repeatedly, and felt as if it had lost power and was falling out of the sky.” Felt as if it had lost power? Falling out of the sky? Oy.

Anyhoo, she’s claiming loss of income because she was hoping to go to work for FEMA, but now she can’t fly. Obviously, she’ll collect millions.

Actress Kicked Off Southwest Flight for Kissing Girlfriend (Or Something Like That. Maybe)

Is Southwest the only airline that kicks people off its flights?

Actress Leisha Hailey, who stars in the L Word, was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight because either she was kissing her girlfriend in a manner not appropriate in a public setting or because Southwest hates lesbians.

You make the call.

Woman Calls in Bomb Threat so Family Won’t Fly on 9/11

File under genius: A New York woman phoned in not one, but two bomb threats on September 10th regarding a Southwest Airlines flight from Tucson to Albuquerque because she did not want her mother and brother flying on September 11th.

The plane was searched with dogs, but departed only 15 minutes late. Police arrested the woman in her home.

Flight Returns to Moscow After Drunk Passenger Starts Dancing

A BMI flight from Moscow to London was returned to Domodedevo Airport on Friday after a passenger got drunk (on a 7am flight, mind you) started pulling eyeglasses off the faces of some passengers and, in the straw that broke the camel’s back apparently, began performing some sort of erotic dance on the plane. The crew decided she was a threat and turned the plane around, landing 90 minutes after departure back in Moscow. She is being held for examination in a hospital, though cabin crew said she was likely just drunk.

Yet Another Peeing on Plane Story: Gerard Depardieu Edition

Back when I was in high school I took French and I seem to remember that every single French movie we ever watched had Gerard Depardieu in it. I say that to say this: Mr. Depardieu was caught urinating on a CityJet flight from Paris to Dublin on Tuesday.

Unlike me, who urinated on a plane this week, Mr. Depardieu did it in the aisle of the plane, not in the bathroom, which is where I (and every other passenger on a plane this week) decided to do it. The actor was apparently drunk.

Drunk JetBlue Passenger: “I Did Not Realize I Was Pissing on Her Leg”

An 18-year old man, drunk from downing 8 alcoholic beverages on a JetBlue flight from JFK to Portland, Oregon, was arrested after he urinated on an 11 year old girl on the plane.

The man says that he was so drunk that he didn’t realize that he wasn’t in the bathroom when he decided to urinate on the young passenger. Incredibly, the girl’s father did not beat the living crap out of the guy, though he apparently had to be restrained. Which is understandable.

The drunk passenger was moved to the back of the plane for the remainder of the flight and was arrested and charged with indecent exposure when they landed.

As if that wasn’t enough, another passenger complained of heart trouble shortly before landing, then vomited. Sounds like quite a trip.