When Good Airline Passengers Go Bad - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

You know the drill: Take off your shoes, take your laptop out of the bag, make your way through the X-ray machine and wait quietly at your gate. Get on the plane in an orderly manner, and sit there quietly and peacefully.

Don’t make any waves.

But some people don’t follow the rules – and it certainly doesn’t pay off for them.

England, January 2018

A 57-year-old man waiting on the tarmac got sick of sitting in his seat, so he opened the emergency exit and hopped out to stand on the Ryanair plane’s wing. He said he was frustrated with the delay and intended to disembark the plane, but it’s a long way from the wing to the ground. The air crew managed to coax him back inside after quite some time (delaying the flight even further) and the police arrested him promptly.

Chicago, January 2018

A man on a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was arrested quickly after he smeared feces across a pair of the United Airlines aircraft’s lavatories and tried to flush a shirt down a toilet. The flight had to be redirected to Anchorage, where the passenger was cooperative with the flight crew after the incident. Before the incident, though, another passenger said that the man was “shaking the seats all around him… pouring soda and water on the floor and on laptops.”

Baltimore, September 2017

A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight was forcibly removed from a plane in Baltimore after she reported having a life-threatening allergy to a service animal and a pet aboard the flight. Although the woman said her allergy could kill her, she was unable to provide medical documentation. She then refused to leave the plane, insisting instead that the animals be removed – despite Southwest’s policy that a passenger with allergies will be the one denied boarding if they do not have a medical certificate.

What Would You Do if You Encountered One of These Passengers?

I’d love to hear what you’d do if you were on a flight with one of these trouble-making passengers. Would you keep quiet, pull out your phone and snag a video, or do something to smooth over the situation? Share your thoughts on my Facebook page or Twitter feed to join the conversation! (You can also check out Passenger Shaming on Facebook to see what real-life airline employees struggle with every day.)

Carlos Gamino