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Worst Passenger of the Week: “This is Gonna Kill My Career”

Worst Passenger of the Week: “This is Gonna Kill My Career”
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 column, only one lucky flyer can take home the glory.

Third Place: Visa Envy and Bad Decisions

Authorities in India say that a man who became jealous of his friend made a series of ill-fated decisions that eventually led to the envious comrade facing serious terrorism-related charges. The accused suspect set in motion a plan of revenge that caused an emergency response at Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) after he sent an email bomb threat to airport officials.

“After receiving a complaint from airport officials on Tuesday, a case was lodged and special teams were deployed to arrest the accused person,” Deputy Police Commissioner Prakash Reddy told reporters. “The man, identified as Shashikant, was arrested on Wednesday.”

Police say that the threat triggered an emergency response involving bomb squad and special Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF). When no explosive device was discovered, officials determined that the threat had been a hoax.

Investigators say that Shashikant (who was later presented for a perp walk with his head covered in a black hood) had apparently intended for his friend to take the fall for the ill-advised stunt. Police, however, quickly saw through the subterfuge.

“Shashikant had sent the email from a friend’s email ID,” Commissioner Reddy explained. “The accused was jealous that his friend was granted a visa for a foreign country.”

Runner-Up: Lost, Found and Arrested

A passenger at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) was arrested after allegedly declaring “finders keepers” when a fellow air traveler dropped a travel belt containing well over a thousand dollars. Police eventually caught up with the Chinese tourist while she was waiting for her flight, but she insisted that she had done nothing wrong and was not sure how to go about returning the security pouch which also contained the owner’s identification and travel documents.

Airport surveillance footage appears to show the accused thief Liu Wenjuan casually pick up the lost item, and place it in her own luggage. Police tracked down the 46-year-old suspect after an Iranian traveler reported losing the pouch containing $1,441 in cash, his mobile phone, and his travel documents.

Police didn’t buy Wenjuan’s explanation and noted that she was at the gate and apparently intending to board an outbound flight when she was apprehended. She is now charged with the very specific crime of “theft” at an airport and could face up to five years behind bars.

In this case, it is tough to say who the actual Worst Passenger candidate should be. On one hand, attempting to fly off with another passenger’s belongings is undeniably rotten; on the other hand, dropping $1,400 dollars on the floor of an airport terminal is just plain inexcusable.

The Winner: Booze, Violence and Regret

An allegedly intoxicated and violent passenger reportedly came to her senses upon seeing police officers boarding her flight after the captain declared an emergency prior to landing at London Southend Airport (SEN), but by then, it was already too late. Cellphone footage of the EasyJet passenger’s arrest shows the moment rage turns to instant regret.

“Oh please don’t arrest me,” the teary-eyed passenger can be heard pleading. “This is gonna kill my career.”

The disruptive flyer was reportedly much less deferential earlier in the flight from Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). Eyewitnesses say that the out-of-control air traveler had to be restrained by no less than three cabin crew members after she was caught drinking her personal stash of red wine from a plastic bottle. In addition to being accused of assaulting a flight attendant, the irate flyer is also accused of attempting to open the plane’s emergency exit during the flight.

“Police were contacted at just after midnight on Sunday 1 September following reports that a passenger on an in-flight bound to Southend Airport had assaulted cabin crew staff,” an Essex police spokesperson told Newsweek. “Officers attended and arrested a 49-year-old woman on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She has been questioned and released on bail until 27 September.”

EasyJet officials made an all-too-common statement about the rarity of this sort of inflight occurrence. The airline also praised the crew members’ handling of the potentially volatile situation.

“EasyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time,” the carrier said in what has become a routine boilerplate statement. “Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behavior on board. The safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew is always easyJet’s priority.”


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  1. FEasy

    September 11, 2019 at 1:08 am

    “In this case, it is tough to say who the actual Worst Passenger candidate should be. On one hand, attempting to fly off with another passenger’s belongings is undeniably rotten; on the other hand, dropping $1,400 dollars on the floor of an airport terminal is just plain inexcusable.”

    Really, Mr Edwards? Dropping something valuable or important has happened to many of us. I realise you want to end the paragraph on a witty coda, but this is just adding insult to injury.

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