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.
If someone chooses to bring up their firearms collection during a profanity-laced argument, it is likely to raise concern in any circumstance. When this troubling situation arises during a commercial flight, there is very little doubt that the authorities are going to treat the incident extremely seriously. Two Connecticut brothers learned this lesson the hard way on Sunday evening.
State Police in Connecticut say the siblings intentionally peppered a vulgar rant with mentions of firearms during a Delta Air Lines flight from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The two brothers were arrested shortly after arriving at Hartford Bradley International Airport (BDL) this week.
According to authorities, Jonathan Hryb, age 41 and Raymond Hryb, age 49, who are both from New Haven, were each charged with “second-degree breach of peace.” The younger brother is also facing charges of “second-degree threatening” after allegedly mentioning a firearm prior to disembarking from the aircraft.
The crew of the Delta flight reportedly alerted police before arriving that the pair were causing “alarm and annoyance” in using profanity and mentioning a firearm during an angry rant on the flight. The troublemaking kinfolk were released on bail and will now face an initial court hearing on July 31.
A passenger boarding an Indianapolis International Airport (IND) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) United Airlines flight this week was understandably upset to discover that she would have trouble placing her carry-on bag in the overhead bin. She was less pleased when the flight attendant who she asked for assistance told her the bag would need to be checked, but she was downright inconsolable when she was informed that she would need to check her bag at the gate and then re-board the aircraft.
Although the unidentified passenger had initially agreed to check the oversized bag, she reportedly balked at the notion that she would need to return to the terminal after already boarding the flight. The woman allegedly not only became abusive to crew members, but also outright refused to leave the plane. The resulting standoff between the stubborn passenger and the airline is said to have gone on for nearly 20 minutes. A United spokesperson said that at this point, the crew had little choice but to order every passenger on the aircraft to return to the gate.
“A customer on United Express flight 3708 from Indianapolis to Newark was asked to check her oversized bag, and she refused to do so,” United Airlines officials said in a statement explaining the unfortunate delay of the entire flight. “She became verbally abusive to the crew and they asked her to leave the aircraft. The customer refused and all customers were asked to deplane. To minimize the inconvenience to our customers, we arranged for a different aircraft to make the flight from Indianapolis to Newark last night.”
It is not entirely clear why the incident involving a single disruptive passenger required a replacement aircraft. It seems entirely possible that the stubborn Hoosier may now live on the aircraft that was originally assigned to make the trip to EWR. Hopefully, the replacement plane had a bit more overhead storage space.
There are a myriad of documented reasons why a passenger might take issue with TSA screeners – TSA workers have on occasion been known to be unprofessional, in some cases abusive, and at times not very good at their jobs. A passenger at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), however, chose the worst possible reason to pick a fight with the airport screeners.
Police say that Mohamed Hussein threatened to kill a TSA officer simply because she was a woman in a position of authority. Hussein’s behavior reportedly didn’t improve much at all once police arrived on the scene.
According to a report of the incident released this week, the 29-year-old not only threatened to murder the female TSA screener for no other reason than her gender, but also went as far as to grab a female police officer by the neck when she attempted to coax the irate passenger to sit in a chair to discuss the unfolding events at the airport security checkpoint.
According to police, Hussein told officers that he “didn’t have to listen to police officers – especially female officers.” Officers on the scene quickly disabused him of this incorrect assessment of the situation at hand. The misogynistic passenger now faces charges that include “threatening or intimidating” and “resisting arrest” along with the more serious count of “aggravated assault.”