The year in crazy in-flight drama

From “nut rage” to an epic dump, here's a look back at some of the year’s craziest in-flight drama. 

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

It must be the air in the cabin because flying seems to make people do crazy things.

Just this month alone, there were five reports of plane drama, and we are not referring to the in-flight entertainment kind.

Here are some of the most memorable travel fiascoes this year.

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

Mid-air brawl

Crying babies on planes is not uncommon. But two female passengers on board an Air China flight to Hong Kong on December 17 were so irate after they were woken by a crying baby behind them that they told the child’s mother to “shut her baby up”.

The women then reclined their seat as far as possible causing a scuffle to break out. The fight was so heated that one of the women hit her head on the overhead locker.

Cabin crew stepped in to separate the women, all believed to be Chinese, and warned that the plane would have to turn around or make an emergency landing if they did not stop fighting.

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

Pig almost flies

If those women could not deal with a screaming child, we wonder how they would react to a squealing pig. Yes, PIG.

A woman was kicked off a US Airways flight in November after her pig began squealing and pooping in the aisle after it boarded - apparently new guidelines from the United States’ Department of Transportation allows passengers to bring emotional support animals on flights.

A witness said the pig, which he initially thought was a duffel bag, looked to be around 50 to 70 pounds (23 – 32 kg) and the woman was talking to it as if it were a human, calling it a ‘jerk’ for misbehaving.

It’s no surprise that the plane began to smell and flight attendants told the woman to clean up the mess before she and Babe were both booted off the flight.

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

A quick exit

A male passenger was in such a hurry to disembark that he decided to open the emergency exit to “get off the plane quicker”.

After his December 12 flight from Xi’an had landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport in Hainan, the Chinese man opened the emergency exit and deployed the emergency slide. He claimed that he did not pay attention to the safety instructions at the beginning of the flight and did not know that the slide should not be deployed at random.

His actions caused a two-hour delay and cost the airline around 100,000 yuan (S$21,000) to replace the slide.

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

Head out for fresh air

What do you do when it gets a little stuffy on the plane? Well, one Chinese man decided to open the emergency exit “to get some fresh air”.

Photos of the first-time traveller poking his head out of the exit just before his Xiamen Air flight was due to take off from Hangzhou went viral on social media.

Fortunately, airport staff managed to fix the plane’s safety door and the aircraft took off on time. The man, who was moved to a seat far from the exit, was not penalised.

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
30 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

Nut rage

Early December, Korean Air executive vice president Cho Hyun-ah, who was seated in first class, was so furious with her flight’s in-flight service that she demanded that the plane return to its gate at John F Kennedy airport in New York and remove a crew member.

Her beef? The macadamia nuts offered to her were served to her in a packet instead of a bowl.

Cho, who is responsible for in-flight service for the carrier and whose father is the chairman of Korean Air, forced the crew to kneel as she berated them, causing the flight to depart 20 minutes late.

She has since apologised for her behaviour and stepped down from all posts in the airline but still faces charges including in-flight violence and changing a light route. Meanwhile, Korean Air faces a US$1.3 million fine after it was reported the airline pressured crew to lie during a government probe.

Photo: EPA

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

Air rage

First there was ‘nut rage’, then there was air rage.

A Thai AirAsia flight to Nanjing, China, was forced to turn back to Bangkok earlier this month after an unruly passenger scalded a flight attendant.

The drama started after a Chinese woman and her boyfriend got into a dispute with flight attendants when they discovered that they were not seated together. Despite helping the couple change seats, the woman berated the attendant before asking for hot water for her instant noodles and tossing it at her.

The man also reportedly stood up and threatened to blow up the plane as the injured flight attendant was tended to by her co-workers.

The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok where Chinese couple and their entourage were evicted. They eventually returned home on a different flight. 

The year in crazy in-flight drama
The year in crazy in-flight drama
11 Mar 2015

The year in crazy in-flight drama

Shit happens

Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from Beijing were outraged when a family reportedly allowed their toddler to poop on his seat.

Despite pleas from passengers and crew, the boy’s parents refused to take him to the toilet and instead spread newspaper on his seat for him to do his business, stinking up the cabin.

Reports of the incident, which happened in July, went viral and Chinese netizens blasted the family, calling them a “disgrace” to their country. This comes months after a similar incident in which a child was photographed taking a dump on the plane aisle (pictured).

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