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Worst Passenger of the Week

Worst Passenger of the Week: Oh No, GDL Won’t Do

Worst Passenger of the Week: Oh No, GDL Won’t Do
Jeff Edwards

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.

Third Place – “They Said First Class Passengers Would be Served Nuts.”

An Aegean Airlines passenger from the UK says that she became a peanut exile on the island of Crete this week when the airline booted her from a flight after she insisted that no nuts be served on the plane. According to the stranded flyer, flight attendants ordered her off the plane after she urged the crew to make a cabin announcement informing passengers that they were aboard a nut-free flight.

“If people eat nuts around me I could die,” Helen Kotonias explained on the ITV talkshow This Morning. “It sounds dramatic but that’s the worse case scenario. I told them they were putting me in great danger but they refused to ask passengers not to eat nuts and instead told me to leave the plane.”

It may seem somewhat unkind to name a flyer with serious health concerns among the Worst Passengers of the Week, but her pitch-perfect master course in passive aggression helped earn a spot on the podium for this stranded passenger.

“As everyone was boarding I happened to see one of the air stewards walk past and asked if she would be making the announcement to notify other passengers about my nut allergy before takeoff or afterwards,” Kotonias recounted for the morning show, later adding, “That’s when I was informed they don’t tell the whole plane – just the row I’m sitting in and two rows in front. They said first class passengers would be served nuts.”

The seriously allergic flyer says she hopes that incidents like the ordeal she went through will soon be a thing of the past. Kotonias has thrown her support behind a campaign by the UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, calling for a total ban on all nuts on every flight.

The Runner-up – “It is Absolutely Not Allowed. Do You Want to Get Killed?”

A Norwegian Air Shuttle passenger this week made a questionable decision when she realized that she had left her carry-on bag behind. The absentminded passenger had just disembarked from a Providence TF Green Airport (PVD) to Edinburgh Airport (EDI)-bound flight and boarded a shuttle bus when she apparently discovered that she had forgotten a personal item on the plane. The jet-lagged flyer reportedly jumped from the shuttle bus she was on and made a brave, but foolhardy dash across the tarmac to recover her lost luggage.

The determined traveler managed to run under the aircraft, before being shouted back to the shuttle bus by ramp workers. After sprinting back to the safety of the vehicle, sans her lost items, the woman earned a serious tongue lashing from an unidentified airport employee. The surreal exchange was, of course, soon posted on social media.

“Can I ask you madam, what are you doing?” an employee dressed as a ground crew supervisor inquired with an objectively accusatory undertone.

“Sorry,” the shamefaced daredevil responded sheepishly.

“It is absolutely not allowed,” the airport worker then added for emphasis. “Do you want to get killed?”

“No,” the traveler answers with her head hung in shame. “Sorry.”

Although it is an obvious safety hazard to have civilians running around aimlessly on the tarmac at a busy airport, it should be noted that Norwegian Air Shuttle has a notoriously aggressive schedule of bag fees – so, the heroic attempt to recover a forgotten carry-on may just have been inspired by a hefty financial investment in getting the item across the Atlantic in the first place.

The Winner – “He is Biting!”

Eyewitnesses say it took security officers nearly 40 minutes to remove an out-of-control and violent passenger from an Aeromexico flight that was forced to divert to Guadalajara International Airport (GDL). The plane was headed from Mexico City International Airport (MEX) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) when passengers on the flight say an allegedly intoxicated man caused the captain to opt for the unscheduled stop.

The unidentified, disruptive passenger is said to have started loudly screaming for no discernible reason. When cabin crew members and fellow passengers stepped in to calm the agitated man, they say he began to lash out violently.

Once on the ground, the enraged man reportedly continued to assault anyone within reach. Video shows that security officers did not have an easy time attempting to remove the troubled passenger from the aircraft. The irate flyer can be heard growling like a dog as officers plead with him to relax. Then, a repeated mantra of “calm down, calm down” turns suddenly to the urgent warning “He is biting!”

Laura Aceves, a passenger on the flight, confirmed that it took authorities the better part of an hour to remove the troublemaker from the plane. “He was hitting and punching other passengers as they were trying to drag him out,” she told reporters. “He was under the influence, and you could smell the alcohol on him.”

Aceves, who documented the disturbing scene with her mobile phone, says she had to stop filming briefly when the berserk passenger momentarily “squished” a small child seated nearby. According to Aceves, she managed to put herself between the panicked, desperate man and the child who she says was left terrified, but physically unharmed.


[Image Source: YouTube]

View Comments (3)


  1. arcticflier

    September 3, 2017 at 5:20 am

    It always surprises me to see someone make as crazy a request as the nut lady and for them to feel completely justified. By her photo I would not have guessed she is as crazy as a Loon.

    If her allergy is that life threatening then she should not travel and not leave her house.

  2. Sydneyberlin

    September 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Arcticflier, could not agree more! And that crazy campaign from, who else, the Sun about not allowing nuts on any plane anymore? Seriously ‘nuts’, pardon the pun!

  3. LaxAttack

    September 9, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I politely disagree. She has a medical conditions, which if triggered by a certain kind of snack eaten in her vicinity, puts her in mortal danger. Severe allergies are not a whimsy but deadly. So the tradeoff is between healthy people choosing a different snack on planes and her (as well as the about the 0.6% of the population who suffer from severe peanut allergies) not getting to travel, neither for work, nor for leisure. Sounds like an easy decision to me, to just not eat nuts for a couple of hours, but to have a different snack.

    I do not suffer from allergies, but I do have friends who do. It’s just common courtesy to let them live their lives and to .. well… not kill them.

    Passengers with allergies are a reality that the travel industry will have to adapt to, sooner or later. I hope it happens before many more die pointlessly. (A quick research will show you that this is not a made up issue, but that there have been deaths of passengers dying of allergic shocks on planes.)

    I do not understand how having a medical condition would put you on a negative list. Will I make the next one for having bad eyes?

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