Fist blows over reclining of a seat
A fist fight started as a result of an argument between two passengers over a reclining seat. One of the passengers started the fight after the other passenger reclined his seat on his lap soon after take-off on a United Airlines flight from Washington DC to Ghana. The pilot make a quick decision to return to DC as the passengers and crew separated them. In the return is was escorted by a pair of F-16 fighter jets.
Former football player and actor Vinnie Jones was given 80 hours community service after he admitted assaulting an airline passenger and threatening members of an air crew. As passengers and crew tried to restrain him, Jones reportedly declared: “I can get you murdered. I can get the whole crew murdered for £3,000.” Jones had allegedly slapped fellow passenger Stephen Driscoll who had accused him of being annoying. Jones was ordered to pay the passenger £300 compensation plus a £500 fine and costs.
The Whitney Houston impersonator
An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing last week when a female passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston songs. AA Flight 4 was en route from Los Angles to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 9 when, according to the airline, the flight was diverted to Kansas City because of a “very unruly passenger.”
A video of the woman being escorted off the plane is available on the website of local television station KCTV. It shows the woman belting out “I Will Always Love You” as at least two uniformed officers accompanied her off the plane.
Man who allegedly slapped a baby
Joe Hundley, a 60-year-old-man traveling from Minneapolis to Atlanta, was accused of slapping a 19-month-old boy and telling his mother to “shut that n-word baby up.” The toddler’s mother, Jessica Bennett, told ABC News her son’s eye was swollen and bleeding and she was “scared to death.”
Hundley, who was employed as an executive at AGC Aerospace and Defense, lost his job. He pleaded not guilty to simple assault charges in a federal court.
Guy who got restrained with duct tape
A man on a January Icelandair flight was so drunk and belligerent, passengers said, that he had to be restrained with duct tape. The unidentified passenger allegedly downed an entire bottle of duty-free alcohol, according to a man who posted the photo of the duct-taped man on his blog. The airline accused the man of accosting and hitting people on the flight. Passengers say he even tried to choke the person next to him and screamed, “The plane is going to crash.”
Drunk ladies who swore at kids
Two reportedly drunk women forced the landing of a British Airways flight in Lyon, France, in late 2012. Flight BA2664 was headed from London’s Gatwick Airport to Tunis. The flight was diverted to Lyon, the airline said, following “the continued disruptive behavior of two female passengers.”
British tabloid The Sun reported the women were drinking Malibu rum and swore at children. They reportedly threatened the family of a British Airways flight attendant and tried to storm the cockpit and hid in the lavatory and tried to smoke.
The paper quoted a passenger as saying, “They decided they were going to meet the captain and marched towards the cockpit. It was very frightening.”
“Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight experience,” an airline spokesperson said. “We do not tolerate any disruptive behavior onboard our flights.
“They were handed over to the custody of the French police and detained upon arrival in Lyon.”
The lady who stripped
A woman stripped naked at Denver International Airport last year after being caught smoking in a non-smoking section of the airport. Airport spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone said it appeared the woman had some sort of a breakdown and the disrobing didn’t have anything to do with the smoking ban.
Denver’s Terminal B does have a smoking lounge