Every Friday, FlyerTalk looks back at the week’s most charming individuals. While there are always plenty of contenders for our Worst Passenger of the Week award, only one lucky flyer can take home the glory. Here are this week’s winners.
The couple who, very much uninvited, put on a live sex show for passengers aboard a Ryanair flight had already earned a spot among the worst passengers of the week, even before cellphone footage of their amorous inflight acrobatics surfaced. If the couple had possessed the modesty to sneak to the lavatory for the mile high intimacy, then social media would have been cheated out of a truly seminal moment.
While the innocent bystander who had to change seats to avoid sitting next to the highly personal activity occurring in the window seat was certainly less than pleased, the public romp in the cabin of a Manchester Airport (MAN) to Ibiza Airport (IBZ)-bound flight seemed almost like good fun at first. Passengers recorded footage of the inappropriate coupling (because nobody is going to believe this story without proof).
Since the bizarre behavior occurred on a Ryanair flight, those of us who weren’t on the plane at the time had a few questions. How do two passengers manage to have sex in an airplane seat that doesn’t fit one person comfortably? Did the couple not have enough money to pay the fee to use the lavatory? Did the airline ask nearby spectators to pay an additional “inflight entertainment” fee?
When news broke that the now infamous pair of love birds only just met at the airport, the story lost some of its charm and when it was later revealed that one of the strangers-cum-exhibitionists had a pregnant fiancé at home, the whole sordid affair became much less amusing.
If it seems like airport screeners are unnecessarily thorough when it comes to inspecting passengers in need of walkers, canes or wheelchairs, keep in mind that flyers like this one might just be the reason why. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents say that a passenger at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was busted with 27 pounds of cocaine allegedly hidden in a seat cushion of her wheelchair on Tuesday.
Officers say they stopped Yoncela Stanley when she returned to the US on a flight from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in Saint Lucia. Upon closer inspection, agents quickly realized that something was not right with Stanley’s unusually heavy wheelchair.
According to officials, a cache of drugs worth nearly a half-million-dollars were fairly poorly concealed in the wheelchair. During the inspection, CBP officers noticed that the back seat cushion of the wheelchair “looked unusual.” A white powder stuffed into the cushion was tested and later found to be cocaine.
In a statement, CPB officials expressed some doubt as to whether or not Stanley is in fact disabled and in need of a wheelchair at all. What is not in doubt is the fact that she will now face serious federal drug trafficking charges as a result of her June 11 arrest.
A passenger was arrested after reportedly turning violent during an American Airlines flight from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) on Tuesday. According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the woman continued her violent tirade even after officers arrived to remove her from the plane. The unidentified passenger allegedly assaulted one police officer before being taken into custody.
Eyewitnesses on the flight say the volatile flyer started loudly ranting once the flight was in the air. The apparently unstable traveler attempted to make sure everyone on the flight was aware that there was a carbon monoxide leak on the aircraft. In addition to issuing the wildly inaccurate warning, the woman also announced that US President Donald Trump was going to fix the imagined maintenance issue.
Things are said to have escalated quickly from here.
When a fellow passenger asked the ranting flyer to quiet down, she allegedly responded by punching him rather than quieting down. According to local media reports, a crew member who tried to defuse the situation was also assaulted during the resulting commotion. At this point, the captain wisely asked police to meet the flight when it arrived at LAS.
So far, the White House has remained silent about whether or not the leader of the free world was able to find time in his hectic schedule to make any needed repairs to the aircraft.