Between going through security, lugging your bags everywhere, and having to sit in tight spaces next strangers for hours, flying is not as glamorous as people make it out to be. As if air travel wasn't already bad enough, sometimes you get stuck on a flight with the most obnoxious people who have ever walked the Earth or with an incredibly unaccommodating staff. Read on to find out what we think are some of the craziest things that have ever happened at 31,000 feet.
Photo courtesy of Paula Taylor
A family from Warwickshire, England was forced to sit on the floor during a flight home from vacation in Menorca (in Spain). While they were assigned seat numbers (41 D, E, and F), they arrived on the plane to find those seats just didn't exist. Instead, there was just an empty row. During takeoff and landing, they were offered crew jump seats but were soon forced to sit on the floor when the crew needed to hand out food and sell duty-free items to the passengers lucky enough to get actual seats.
Paula and Ian Taylor, along with their daughter Brooke arrived at Mahon Airport in June 2018 for their flight with TUI Airlines, a German airline. They had paid £1300 ($1675) for the three tickets and only their daughter Brooke was able to sit for a portion of the flight, though she came back to sit with her parents for most of it.
Since their horrid flight, the family has spoken to a BBC television show, Rip Off Britain: Holidays about their experience.
"It's hard and it's uncomfortable and it's just filthy, Mrs. Taylor told the BBC program. Only after Mrs. Taylor contacted TUI did the company offer them £30 ($39) as a goodwill gesture. TUI later offered the family a full refund of their flight cost.
Apparently, the lack of seats was due to a "last minute aircraft change," which caused there to be fewer seats. The Civil Aviation Authority, the UK's equivalent of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been investigating the incident. The agency said that while there are certain situations in which customers can sit in crew seats, they may never sit on the floor.
An episode featuring the family and their harrowing experience will be shown in the UK, but what do you think about this incident? Should the family have complained at all? Is sitting on the floor the new norm for airplane travel or was this a terrible injustice?
Mrs. Taylor said, "We just couldn't believe it when we realized that there genuinely weren't any seats for us."
Maybe the family should have just gotten off the plane at that point.
File this story under "The Most Disgusting Thing We've Heard In A Long While."
There so many foul levels to this horrid story that we'll just have to take them in order. And they get worse and worse.
The news spread from a Facebook post by a man named Jeff Lin and very quickly went viral. It's easy to understand why. People must have been completed dumbfounded, horrified and grossed out by the repellent man in the story. The man that was so repulsive, people could not hold back their reactions. You probably won't be able to either.
First, this fat guy, who has not been identified publicly, decides he needs to take a dump on a long haul flight from Los Angeles to Taiwan. Ok, fine, except he first red flag starts flying almost immediately. This dude is seated in coach, but demands to crap in business class, because he's too fat for the coach lavatory. The all-female flight crew argues for a bit, but they acquiesce to the guy and he squeezes into the business class lavatory.
This is when it starts to get REALLY horrible for everyone on the plane, but especially the flight crew.
Red flag number two was raised when this disgusting fat body got to the lavatory and told the flight attendants that due to an injured right arm, he needed assistance getting his obese butt onto the toilet. Again, the flight attendants balked, but gave in. The guy then tells the flight attendant that she needs to keep the door open! On a plane! So he can get some "circulation" while HE POOPS ON THE PLANE! This is one request too many and the flight attendant says no.
At this point, there are no more red flags. The warnings are over and things get nasty, starting with the putrid man getting his underwear half down and then hitting the call button and telling the flight attendant that she needed to pull them down the rest of the way. He's so fat, I guess he can't reach his ankle. At this point, it's starting to show that he's not only grossly overweight and lazy, but also probably a sick pervert.
With the door open and this dude now manspreading on the toilet with his junk exposed to everyone in the viewing area, he pointed to the flight attendant, made the demand to pull down his underwear, yelling "I've got it only halfway down, how do you expect me to [poop]? Hurry up and help me take it off! You just said you were willing to assist me!"
It seems the exasperated flight attendant wants this ordeal to be over with so once again she agrees to do the unthinkable and pulls down the underwear. So. Foul.
But wait, there's more! It gets really perverted when the man finishes his business.
First, he demanded the "largest wheelchair" they had and then, with a male attendant helping him, he announced that he once again had to use the restroom, but this time, needed no assistance. The only difference seems to be that a man would be helping and wiping him.
The aftermath was dramatic. The flight attendant held a press conference and discussed how traumatized she was by the incident,.
Amazingly, it seems NOTHING has happened to the sicko that caused the whole thing! Hopefully he will face some kind of justice at some point.
Katie Kiacz via Facebook
In this day and age, we are often afforded the opportunity to get back at those who have brought embarrassment, malice, and turmoil to our day to day lives. And what better way to achieve that goal than to destroy those people on social media.
That's exactly what one new mom recently did after she caught a man on a flight sending negative comments about her to one of his friends. And while she didn't address the letter to the man who made her the butt of his joke, this mom hopes that somehow, some way, her intended target reads the letter and understand what it's like to be shamed.
This all started when Katie Kiacz boarded a flight from Orlando to Detroit in January. As she was getting into her seat, she noticed that the man next to her was texting rude comments about her to a friend, referring to her as a "2-ton woman."
Kiacz confronted the man while still on the flight, but she felt that wasn't enough and penned the following Facebook (since deleted) post.
The post reads:
Kiacz eventually made the post private, but not before it was shared over 102,000 times and received over 85,000 comments.
Yahoo Lifestyle reported that Kiacz made a follow up post the next day thanking everyone for their support throughout the ordeal, writing:
"The outpouring love and support has been unreal," Kiacz wrote. "In that moment, I was shaking with anger, I was overcome by sadness, and for a moment I was ashamed and self-conscious."
Kiacz also hopes that something good will come out of all of this, and maybe this will be a lesson to people to start treating people with a little more respect.
"I think we have all said something unkind at one time or another, and this is just a reminder that we do not know the battles people are fighting and that we just need to be a little kinder to each other," Kiacz wrote.
Okay, so this one didn't happen in the air, but rather it took place on the ground at Detroit Metro Airport.
Being deaf presents many challenges in the world, many that most of us wouldn't ever think of. Like a dispute with a gate agent at the airport. We've all been there before, when the gate agent doesn't do what another person from the airline has assured us will be handled. For a deaf couple, a simple ordeal like this turned into a major nightmare.
Melissa Elmira Yingst and her girlfriend, Socorro Garcia, were in Detroit, about to catch a flight home to Los Angeles when everything went sideways. According to the couple, they realized before they arrived at the airport that they would not be sitting together on the flight and when they arrived to check in, the agent told them that she would note the mistake and the gate agent would be remedy the situation. Instead, when they go to the gate, the gate agent told them that she would not be able to fulfill the request. What happens next seems to be in dispute.
When the women arrived at the gate and were told that their request wasn't possible, they say they attempted to communicate with agent by typing into a iPhone. They claim the agent rolled her eyes while trying to talk to them, but they apparently had a hard time understanding and repeatedly asked her to write down her response. Eventually she wrote on a piece of paper that the flight was full and she would not be able to accommodate their request. According to the couple, rather than respond to another question, the agent, identified as 'Felicia,' allegedly crumpled up the paper and threw it away, which seems to have insulted the couple as they were hoping to use the same paper to further the conversation.
At this point things get a bit hazy. Delta originally claimed Socorro then aggressively moved behind the counter in an attempt to retrieve the paper from the trash. The couple claim that it was the agent that shoved Socorro when she moved towards the trash can to get the note.
While it's unclear who shoved whom, what is clear is that at that point, the agent kicked them off the fight and called the police to have them removed. They ended up staying in a hotel near the airport and catching a flight home the next day, but not before doing that most 21st Century thing - complaining on social media.
Yingst and Garcia took to social media and the video quickly went viral. The couple explained their side of the story and the pain it had caused them, saying "This really isn't about us not being able to sit together but how they handled communication and refused to provide us access to the needs we asked for."
With the issue now out, Delta promised to look into the situation more. According to the couple, things have now been resolved between them and their airlines. In a follow up video, they said:
"We met with Delta last week. Our concerns and experiences were validated through positive conversations with them. They have apologized to us. Our remedies are being met but better yet, they have pledged support to our suggested resolutions of improved awareness and employee training. From day one, our goal was to always work with Delta in a positive direction, and we were happy to see that Delta wanted this as well."
Photo courtesy of Patricia Organo
Flying with young children, especially babies, can be a pretty exhausting experience. So, when a young mother ran out of formula on her Philippine Airlines flight, it's not hard to imagine how stressed she must have been. The crying baby prompted the in-flight staff to check in with the mother. When flight attendant Patrisha Organo learned what was happening, she knew she had to do something.
Organo detailed the experience in a Facebook post. The post read:
Organo is a new mother herself and said seeing the mother and child caused a "pinch in [her] heart". The concerned flight attendant, who considers herself a natural feeding advocate, immediately offered to use her own milk to feed the child. She described the mother as relieved and said she was sincerely thanked for her efforts.
Organo was grateful for the opportunity to help a fellow mother and her child, but this flight was important in another way, too. She was being assessed to become a Cabin Flight Evaluator - needless to say, she received the certification. However, despite the praise she received online and in-flight, there are risks that come with her actions. The FDA warns that feeding your baby with another mother's milk could lead to infectious disease, exposure to unknown prescriptions, or even illegal substances.
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When you hear the phrase "snakes on a plane," you probably think of the comedy film with Samuel L. Jackson. Not something that could actually happen in real life.
An airline passenger successfully traveled from Dusseldorf, Germany to Moscow with a small bag containing 20 snakes. He wasn't discovered with the reptiles until he landed in Russia. He, unfortunately, lacked the correct documentation for his potential pets, including veterinary records, so they were placed in quarantine. Apparently, snakes on a plane aren't illegal, as long as you submit the right forms. The Environmental Protection Agency in Moscow took over the investigation of the snakes, according to German newspaper RP Online.
The snakes were purchased at a market in Germany and are apparently not venomous. This isn't the first time Germany's airports have caused trouble recently: apparently Berlin's Schönefeld airport was shut down due to some suspicious toys found in a passenger's luggage.
While neither of these occurrences were dangerous, what does this say about the quality of airport security in Europe? If an entire airport can get shut down because of some errant toys or 20 snakes can get through without documentation, are people doing their job correctly?
Photo courtesy of Rick David Garilli
Passengers on a flight from Australia to Singapore were recently treated to a rather unorthodox form of entertainment when one of their fellow flyers decided to treat the plane's cabin like his own personal fight club before being subdued as the flight was diverted back Sydney.
The unidentified passenger was placed under arrest and forced to undergo a mental evaluation as authorities attempted to piece together what led to this outburst at 30,000 feet. While law enforcement and representatives with Scoot Airlines are mum on details regarding what happened aboard the January 21 flight, eye witness accounts, including a video posted to Facebook by Rico David Garilli, at least give us a jumping off point.
So, how did this man end up shirtless and tied up in the middle of an airplane?
According to the Garilli's Facebook post, the passenger's descent into madness all started when their flight from Gold Coast to Singapore was delayed, but it only got worse from there.
"After our flight was announced delayed, this guy started drinking heavy," Garilli wrote. "About 20 minutes into the flight he started becoming aggressive and had to be restrained after all of this kicked off."
Some of Garilli's fellow passengers backed up his story when they spoke with Australian news outlet 9 News.
"The guy was getting quite [wasted] at the bar, and we were watching him just throw them down," one passenger remembered.
Another witness told 9 News that they watched the man pour Fanta on another flyer on two separate occasions early on during the flight, clearly trying to provoke the passenger into fighting him.
Despite these reports, Scoot representatives are saying that the man "appeared normal" upon boarding the flight.
Once the situation was finally under control, the pilot diverted the flight to Sydney Airport where the man was taken into the custody of local authorities. The rest of the passengers onboard were placed on other Scoot or Singapore Airlines flights later that day.
The Facebook video of the incident can be viewed in its entirety here.
It just goes to show that you never know what might happen in the friendly skies. Who knows, you could be lucky enough to see a man pour orange soda on someone's head, try to fight several passengers, rip off his own shirt, and have to be tied up before eventually forcing a plane to make an emergency landing.