Rage in the Skies: Part II

Rage in the Skies: Part II

Yesterday’s installment of airborne misdemeanours included an enraged porn star and the infamous nut rage incident. Now, sit back and relax as we bring you Part II of our air rage special.

  1. Pigs on a plane

Emotional support animals are a thing now. And we’re not talking about your standard household cats, dogs and goldfish. Nowadays, people all over the world claim weird and obscure members of the animal kingdom as their emotional crutches. And it’s not PC for me or you or the US Department of Transportation to determine what sort of animal should or shouldn’t be an emotional support, apparently. Which is precisely why a woman boarded a US Airways flight from Connecticut to Washington DC in late 2014 with a 35kg pig slung over her shoulder. Sadly for the woman she never made it into the air, after her porcine pal defecated in the aisle and began to squeal “very loudly” according to one passenger. Both parties were swiftly removed from the aircraft. A swine companion indeed.


  1. Knee defender scuffle

This one gained such traction in travel circles that it made the pages of Travel Weekly back in August 2014. It all kicked off when a male passenger on a United Airways flight from Newark to Denver started a row with a woman seated in front of him after employing the Knee Defender. No, it’s not an arcane wrestling maneuver, but a $US21.95 device that prevents a seat from reclining. United Airlines policy prevents the use of such contraptions and accordingly a stewardess asked the gent to remove it. He refused, the woman in front threw a cup of water on him, and before everyone knew it the plane was touching down for an emergency landing at Chicago O’Hare. The Knee Defender rekindled the age-old debate of “Who’s space is it anyway”?

  1. Where there’s smoke

If a gold medal were awarded for airline interruptions (and Travel Weekly most certainly doesn’t endorse such a thing) this bloke would be a front-runner. A man with a “Russian sounding accent”, according to fellow passengers, boarded an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte and proceeded to spark up a cigarette and head for the door, so he could “smoke outside”. Predictably cabin crew intervened and the plane was diverted to Albuquerque. After being released by police and FBI agents – who must have been having an off day – the man boarded another flight, this time to Chicago, whereupon he attempted a repeat performance of lighting up and trying to open the door. The man was once again restrained and the plane landed at Kansas City. Astonishingly, he was yet again released without charge.

  1. Stag weekend shenanigans

In a wonderful advertisement for Brits abroad, a gang of unruly gents caused a Ryanair flight from London bound for Bratislava to make an emergency landing in Berlin earlier this year. The half dozen lads, hailing from Southampton, were on a buck’s party and apparently a lack of alcohol onboard was the catalyst for their unsocial antics. Whatever the costs of the weekend away, it potentially was a lot more than they bargained for, with a 25,000 Euro fine heading the way of each buffoon.

  1. And finally, there’s something in the air…

In March of last year a British Airways flight bound for Dubai from London was forced to return to Heathrow barely 30 minutes into the flight after an in-cabin pong became positively unbearable. In a case of the captain clearly over-sharing, shortly before the aircraft performed its about turn he announced that “You may have noticed there’s a quite pungent smell coming from one of the toilets. It appears to be liquid faecal excrement.” Nothing left to the imagination, then.

Missed yesterday’s report? Read it here.

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