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A Vaper Threatened to Kill Passengers When Denied e-Cigarette

A Vaper Threatened to Kill Passengers When Denied e-Cigarette
Jeff Edwards

Note: Some of the worst passengers of all time made headlines this week including a man who tried to murder a fellow passenger after learning his victim was Jewish, the flyer who tried to step outside for a smoke at 35,000 feet and a man who announced his very strong opinions about 9/11 and lied about having a gun. These assorted alleged misfits have already had their moments in the spotlight, but there are still plenty of flyers who didn’t get the recognition they are due. This week’s Worst Passenger of the Week candidates are drawn from the best (worst) of the rest.

The Runner-up – The Disturbed Flyer Behind a Futile but Terrifying Rampage

Don Quixote had much better odds of slaying a windmill than the man aboard a Wizz Air Flight this week had of breaching the flight deck door or opening one of the plane’s emergency exits. That’s not to say, however, that the passenger’s fervent attempts to do so didn’t make for some terrifying moments in the skies above Sweden.

A 43-year-old Romanian national reportedly gave no warning before he suddenly stood up from his seat and began shouting as he charged at the locked cockpit door. Passengers say the out-of-control man managed to kick the flight deck door at least two times before the crew and several fellow passengers were able to tackle and restrain him. Eyewitnesses say the mid-air drama on the flight from Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) to Sandefjord Airport, Torp (TRF) in Norway unfolded over about five very intense minutes during which the enraged flyer also attempted to open a nearby emergency exit.

The flight safely made an emergency landing at Malmö Airport (MMX) in Sweden where the passenger was quickly taken into custody. Officials would not say what motivated the man’s performance, but said that they did not believe that the terrifying incident was terror-related.

It seems that the flyer who tried to enter the cockpit and then exit the plane wasn’t the only problem flyer on this particular plane. Another passenger on the diverted flight was also taken into custody on charges of public intoxication, but a police spokesperson said the second arrest had nothing to do with the initial and far more troubling incident, nor were the two passengers traveling together.

The Winner – The Man Who Proved Beyond All Doubt that Vaping is the Absolute Worst

Listening to a hipster lecture about the intrinsic virtue of vaping may be bad enough, but when that sort of argument forces a plane to make an emergency landing in Wichita, Kansas, it might be even worse than secondhand smoke.

After a vaper on an American Airlines flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) reportedly furiously objected to a flight attendant’s warning that using e-cigarettes is prohibited by federal law on commercial flights, the cabin crew vowed to keep an eye on the passenger. When the man demanded a beer to help him calm down after the altercation, his request was quite sensibly denied and that’s when things allegedly spiraled out of control. Passengers say the vaper, identified as 38-year-old Jason Baroletti of New York, quickly turned belligerent, threatening to “take the plane down” and forcing the flight to divert to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT).

The fact that bad boy rock star, Bill McCarthy, a member of the alternative rock band the Augustines, found Baroletti’s behavior disturbing says a lot about this week’s Worst Passenger of the Week champion. In a statement released by McCarthy’s manager, the guitarist lamented that the irate e-cigarette aficionado was “threatening to kill people.”

[Photo: Getty Images]

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  1. Lakeviewsteve

    November 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I hope American or other airlines put him on a no fly list. He doesn’t deserve flying after making a plane change coarse.

  2. CLTpigeon

    November 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Really? And a small pack of nicotine gum is what, $15???

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