Is 2014 the year of the bad airline passenger?
After a summer that will forever be known for an influx of in-flight legroom wars -- and the popularization of the Knee Defender gadget -- we've entered the fall season with the same flurry of strange tales from the sky.
Just this week, 'Modern Family' editor Ryan Case live-tweeted the antics of a drunken passenger, causing a stir on social media, while last week, a plane was forced to land after a man began masturbating before attempting to open the airplane door mid-flight.
Add to that the previously mentioned spats over the Knee Defender and reclining seats, a drunk passenger attacking flight attendants with her prosthetic leg and a Sunwing flight to Varadero turned back when "two unruly females" began smoking and drinking their duty-free alcohol in the airplane bathroom, and it seems like it will be hard to top 2014 when it comes to bad behaviour in the skies.
See some of the most memorable tales of passengers behaving badly this year below and share your own airplane horror tales.
- A Virgin airlines cabin crew had to force open a washroom door to muffle a drunk female passenger's loud love-making that was disturbing others on the flight. And her closed-door toilet tryst was with a man she had just met during a Gatwick to Las Vegas flight with her parents. The British woman, in her 20s, became abusive with the crew when her rowdy romp was interrupted. Read the full story here. - QMI Agency
- A woman who snuck aboard a commercial flight at the San Jose International Airport without a ticket and flew to Southern California was re-arrested after she turned up at Los Angeles International Airport. The 62-year-old woman was spotted by officers wandering through terminals at LAX in what police described as "a scouting mission," a day after a judge ordered her to stay away from the airfield. Read the full story here. - Reuters
- A flight from Tunisia to Scotland was forced to land Wednesday night when a drunk passenger started acting out, demanding cigarettes and a parachute before removing her prosthetic leg to attack the flight crew. The 48-year-old woman slapped a girl sitting next to her before removing her prosthetic leg, which she began swinging at the flight attendants. Read the full story here. - QMI Agency
- A Sunwing flight bound for Cuba was turned back to Toronto due to "two unruly female passengers," the airline says. Sunwing said in a statement that the two women drank "a significant quantity of their duty free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke detector alarm. "These passengers proceeded to get into a physical altercation with each other and made a threat against the aircraft, which was considered non-credible given their condition," the airline said. Read the full story here. - QMI Agency
A United Airlines flight was diverted when a fight broke out on board over the use of a $22 gadget that prevents someone's seat from reclining. The male passenger is alleged to have installed a Knee Defender on the seat in front of him, preventing the seat from reclining. The woman in front, who was angry she couldn't recline her seat, threw a glass of water at the man and the flight was forced to land in Chicago. Read the full story here. - QMI Agency
- An American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris, France was forced to land in Boston when a passenger became angry after the seat infront of him reclined. The 60-year-old French passenger grabbed the flight attendant who was trying to calm him, before he was subdued by undercover U.S. air marshals. Read the full story here. - QMI Agency
- An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport. Delta Air Lines did not elaborate on the "disruption," but a witness told Jacksonville TV station WJXT TV-4 that an argument broke out during the flight between one woman who wanted to recline her seat and another in the row behind who wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table. Read the full story here. - Reuters
- A Los Angeles-bound Virgin America flight was diverted to Omaha after a passenger "became disruptive" and had to be restrained, an airport official said. Passengers reported the 26-year-old man, identified in a police report as Doug Adams, tried to open an aircraft door during the flight from Boston. A report from the Omaha Police Department, obtained by NBC Bay Area, also said he was “masturbating in flight and later tried to open an exit door." Read the full story here. - QMI Agency
- An editor for the television show Modern Family, Ryan Case, live-tweeted her experience with "the worst person in the world" on an American Airlines flight from New York to L.A. The woman, identified as Nadia, was apparently quite drunk. At one point, when her seatmate asked her to turn down the volume on her movie because he could hear it through her earphones, she yelled at him, "Sorry, it's my first time not in first class." Read the full story here. - QMI Agency