5 ways to get kicked off a flight... and probably arrested

2014-04-25 11:09
While most travellers are able to behave themselves quite well on a flight, it seems like there is a small contingent of crazies who just lose all sense of self as soon as they hit 35 000 feet.

Maybe it has something to do with the feeling of freedom cruising above the clouds brings, or perhaps it is an expression of fear… and mostly there’s also a good deal of alcohol involved.  

Well, whatever the case may be, we’ve come across some pretty crazy, real-life stories of people being booted off flights (and mostly also arrested) for behaving badly.

Here are the top 5:

1. Get drunk and try to enter the cockpit  

Twenty years ago you would probably have been able to get away with something like this, with nothing more than a stern warning to send you on your way. However, since the tragic events of 9/11 and now again with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fresh in everyone’s minds, this will be seen as an attempted hijacking and YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.

Which is exactly what happened when an intoxicated passenger tried to enter the cockpit of a Virgin Australia jet on Friday morning. En route to Brisbane, the flight had to turn back to Bali and land at Ngurah Rai International Airport, undoubtedly sparking widespread panic.  

The passenger was arrested on arrival. We can’t imagine Bali prisons to be particularly pleasant. Eish.

2. Grope fellow passengers while they sleep  

Yes, that actually happened. And once again, alcohol was involved.  A man aboard a BA flight from London to San Francisco decided to take advantage of a napping fellow passenger and preceded to casually stick his hands down her top.  

Apparently this went on for about five minutes and surrounding passengers did nothing to try and prevent, or interrupt the situation. When the victim woke up to find the groper fondling her, he quickly removed his hand and fled down the aisle.

Luckily he couldn’t really run very far… he was arrested and charged with simple assault in a misdemeanor complaint.

3. Make a bomb threat

Okay, people, repeat after us: a bomb joke is NEVER funny. Especially not when made in a 100km radius of an airport. These kind of comments – no matter how innocent - are taken so seriously, in fact, that not only will you be arrested and questioned ruthlessly by security, but you will also single-handedly be responsible for whole terminal evacuations (which go hand-in-hand with very angry fellow passengers).  

This is exactly what happened at Anchorage's largest airport in 2012. The offending passenger was arrested for making terroristic threats and got fined $5 000.    

4. Start a fight

The honeymoon phase evidently didn’t last very long for newly-weds who got into a drunken in-flight fight, forcing the Delta Air Lines aircraft they were on to make an emergency landing earlier this year. The groom got drunk (alcohol – AGAIN) and started arguing with his bride on a flight from Atlanta to Costa Rica, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing on Grand Cayman island.    

The man was escorted from the flight after it landed by Cayman Islands police and was held in custody on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct. The bride continued on her way and honeymooned on her own.  

5. Tweet stupid things

A 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested just last week for tweeting a hoax terror threat to American Airlines. While she was not even booked on one of their flights, the threat was taken extremely seriously by the airline.  

Just think what would happen if you were actually about to board one of their flights. 

So, tell us... have you ever been on a flight with unruly passengers? OR have you ever misbehaved while flying? Have your say in the comment section below or send a mail to info@news24travel.com
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