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Worst Passenger of the Week: The Man Who Called in a Fake Bomb Threat to ‘Stop Wife Leaving’

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.

Honorable Mention – The Mischief-Making “Clown”

Given the number of “scary clown” sightings this year, dressing like a clown for Halloween represented a bold choice in costumes, but the woman who climbed the fence and went for a stroll around the tarmac at Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA) made the even-more dubious Halloween decision to actually behave like a clown. The unidentified mischief maker was quickly apprehended by police, because trespassing at a federally protected airport is the Devil’s Night prank uniquely likely to end in arrest.

Third Place – An Inharmonious Duet

A married couple’s domestic dispute grabbed headlines this week, partially because the drama played out on a cross-country flight, partially because the pair involved were minor celebrities and partially because an adult film star who once ran for Governor of California was on-hand to recap the whole sordid affair for those of us who didn’t have a front row seat to the meltdown in the first class cabin. Former The Voice runner-up Juliet Simms and her husband Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack say they have patched things up now, but the unpleasantness aboard an American Airlines flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) resulted in Simms being escorted from the plane in handcuffs by a federal air marshal.

“I mean it looked like she [Simms] had drinks,” porn star Mary Carey later recounted to reporters. “Then she was yelling and screaming and arguing with him [Biersack] … I heard Andy scream ‘Ouch! Ouch!’ – real loud – and that’s when she punched him.”

According to eyewitnesses, Simms, who was reportedly dealing with a recent personal tragedy, was warned by the cabin crew at least twice before the air marshal was eventually forced to restrain her. The singer was later handed over to FBI agents on arrival at LAX. The couple blame the ordeal on alcohol and say they are cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation.

The Runner-up – This Just In: Security Checkpoint Thefts on the Rise

The news anchor at a Los Angeles television station became the subject of a breaking news story herself when she was arrested for petty theft at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this week. Police say former Miss USA and current KTLA newsreader Lu Parker snatched a fellow passenger’s headphones at a security checkpoint. Some time later, the local celebrity was removed from her flight and arrested. An LAPD spokesperson said the supposedly purloined headphones are valued at about $200.

Parker’s employer released a statement saying that far from being a common thief, the journalist was actually acting as a good samaritan. According to the statement, she had in fact simply been attempting to reunite the owner with his lost headphones.

“When she was unable to locate the owner, Lu boarded her flight,” the television station explained. “We believe this is a misunderstanding, Lu is cooperating fully with the authorities and we are confident she will be able to clear this all up.”

The KTLA spokesperson added that Parker had hoped she could find the alleged victim to return the headphones because the two had been speaking to each other while waiting in the security line. The anchor had reportedly been traveling to visit an ailing family member at the time of her arrest.

The Winner – Baby Please Don’t Go, Baby Please Don’t Go…

Police in Kyrgyzstan say an intoxicated man took drastic measures to keep his wife from leaving the country on a business trip. Ilya Eremeev allegedly made a drunken phone call to authorities claiming to have placed a bomb on his wife’s flight to Moscow.

Although the 30-year-old had only hoped to stop his wife’s trip abroad, a total of nine flights at Manas International Airport (FRU) were delayed because of the bomb hoax called in anonymously to an emergency response number. The entire airport terminal was evacuated at one point and some flights were canceled outright while authorities investigated the threat.

Police are holding the controlling husband in custody while they gather evidence linking him to the phone call. Prosecutors say his spouse’s business trip abroad will likely seem a short time to be separated compared to the maximum three years in prison Eremeev could face if he is convicted on charges of providing false information about an act of terrorism.

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