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Worst Passenger of the Week: No Surrender No Defeat

Worst Passenger of the Week: No Surrender No Defeat
Jeff Edwards

Once a Week, FlyerTalk looks back at the week’s most charming individuals. While there are always plenty of contenders for our Worst Passenger of the Week column, only one lucky flyer can take home the glory.

HONORABLE MENTION: THE WORLD ON TIME

Aaron Lennihan told police he just wanted to get home, but his convoluted plan to accomplish that goal was flawed from the very start.

To get home, the homesick traveler climbed a fence at Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) before stealing an unattended FedEx truck. Moments later, police spotted the 23-year-old driving his newly obtained delivery truck on the runway. When police caught up with him, he said that he was driving on the runway because he was having trouble finding the exit to the facility and couldn’t remember how he got to Tallahassee in the first place.

He did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, Lennihan’s mother had reportedly called emergency services earlier in the day to report that her son was having a mental breakdown.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: LIQUID EXPLOSIVE

An allegedly intoxicated passenger on an AirAsia flight this week really, really wanted the pilot to turn the plane around. So she delivered a note to the crew telling them that she has a bomb strapped to her person and warned of “dire consequences” if the flight didn’t head back to the airport.

The flight did head back to the airport, but the passenger remained in custody even though there were no indications that she ever had explosives on the aircraft.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: A PRIVATE MATTER

There are limits to bad passenger behavior even when you’re flying private. Two intoxicated passengers found that out the hard way when their private jet returned to Chennai International Airport (MAA) this week because they were “creating a ruckus.”

Not only were they arrested but the rest of their friends left them behind and went on the trip without them less than an hour later.

 

3RD PLACE: ARACHNID DEVELOPMENT

Customs officials in Sri Lanka say a passenger was caught at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) with 200 live scorpions with him.

The smuggling attempt was foiled when an airport security screener spotted the venomous contents of the man’s carry-on bag (CARRY-ON BAG!). The Sri Lanka Customs agency said that it is believed that the arachnid smuggler intended to extract valuable venom from the scorpions once back in China.

 

2ND PLACE: NOTHING TO SEE HERE FOLKS

Passengers at Miami International Airport (MIA) were confronted with the unexpected when a fellow passenger began casually removing her clothes as she sang and strolled through the baggage claim area. Eventually, the now completely naked woman was taken into custody by police before later undergoing a mental health evaluation.

 

 

THE WINNER: TAKING THE HIGH GROUND

Matthew Dingley managed to injur six officers who tried to apprehend him after he assaulted a cabin crew member and attempted to enter the cockpit on his flight. Cops say Matthew Dingley unleashed a violent rampage from the second the door to the aircraft opened to allow them to enter the cabin.

Dingley is accused of immediately charging officers, causing them to tumble down the portable stairs used to access the plane. One of the injured police suffered four broken ribs in the fall, but the officers still managed to wrestle the 23-year-old suspect into custody.

Dingley is being held at Essex County Correctional Facility, facing charges including, “aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and interfering with transportation.”

 

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  1. MRM

    February 11, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I don’t believe it’s fair to include the names of fully-clothed male violators and leave the naked female nameless. Anyone else agree?

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