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.
It can be mildly frustrating and in some cases downright dangerous when dietary restrictions are ignored by the person serving food. A Muslim passenger, whose religious beliefs prohibit the consumption of pork, understandably took issue this week with the fact that he had been served what he believed to be a ham sandwich rather than turkey on a Wizz Air flight from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Skopje International Airport (SKP).
Unfortunately, the devout flyer expressed his dissatisfaction with the service in a manner that quickly turned abusive. A now viral video of the turkey-meltdown shows the flyer’s profane rant directed at a Wizz Air cabin crew member.
“What the f**k is your problem stupid f—— b—-!” the irate flyer can be heard complaining to everyone within earshot, including the flight attendant. “She’s a f—— b—- man! She told me it’s not appropriate to touch my teeth, f—— sl–!”
In addition to being uncalled for, it turns out that the abusive passenger’s rant was also quite unnecessary. According to the airline, the sandwich did not in fact contain pork. It was instead a ham-like meat made entirely of turkey.
The flight attendant had apparently tried to explain this fact to the unconsolable passenger, but he wasn’t buying the story and accused the crew member of telling pork-pies. The incredulous passenger used his work history bonafides to prove that he could tell the difference between pork- and turkey-based cold cuts.
“I work in restaurants, I know what’s ham,” the passenger explains condescendingly on the footage. “Ham is pork. It’s not tasting like turkey, it’s tasting like ham.” Later, he tells his seat mate, “I’m an Uber driver in London, I eat at the shops all the time. I know the taste of turkey and the roll didn’t taste like turkey. She should have respected me and my religion. The customer is always right. She’s lucky. If this wasn’t here with people around I would have been more angry.”
Airplane bathrooms are kind of gross and seemingly more-and-more cramped every year, so it’s no wonder that two passengers this week decided to earn their mile-high memberships in the back row of a Mexico-bound Silver Airways flight this week rather than heading to the lavatory for a little privacy. On the other hand, it appears from a cellphone video of the in-cabin-romp, privacy was not high among the couple’s top priorities.
The video of the amorous passengers’ sex romp has been viewed nearly 4 million times since a Twitter user posted the images of the pair engaged in what appears to be an extraordinarily intimate moment. The video also shows the two vacationing parents gleefully recording the moment selfie-style to share with friends and family back home.
While the roughly minute-long video of the devil-may-care exhibitionist lovers certainly amused two tourists from Florida (along with tens-of-thousands of Twitter users), airline officials took a much less jocular approach to the whole affair. Although the airline confirmed that the footage was clearly captured on one of its aircraft, the viral video was apparently the first management had heard of the delicate matter.
“We are taking this very seriously and working to determine the legitimacy of the video and specific flight information,” airline spokeswoman Misty Stoller told reporters.
When a passenger this week realized that she had not been arrested for bringing a stun gun through airport security and onto a San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Los Angeles International-bound flight, she immediately ran to the press. Ashley Montgomery told Bay Area NBC-affiliate KNTV that she blames airport screeners at SFO for her crimes.
“I normally don’t carry it on a regular basis, so I had it in my purse and had totally forgotten to take it out,” Montgomery explained in an on-camera interview. “It concerns me that I was able to get through with that and that someone else could get through with something else worse.”
Prior to her ad hoc press conference, Montgomery didn’t immediately confess having the weapon with her when she realized that she had the stun gun in her purse during the flight. She did, however, take a photograph so she could later show others how close she was to the open flight deck door while armed.
“I didn’t have any mis-intentions of bringing it on or using it, so I didn’t want to scare anybody,” she said. “I don’t know how it got missed, but it was very shocking to me.”
The forgetful stun gun owner also took a moment to show reporters exactly how dangerous the weapon that she took on a plane with her could be – displaying the combination knife and stun gun for the camera.
“This is the part that would shock you,” she helpfully illustrated. “The top part here is the button that you press, and this turns it on and then the bottom has these very sharp, jagged edges. If you had to use it, it’s something you could stab somebody with it.”