Have you ever been on a crowded flight and just wanted to plug in the headphones to chill? You know you’re stuck in a tiny seat for a couple of hours with nothing to do. A nap sounds like a good way to pass the time…until you try to recline your seat.
Recently, several flights have had to be rerouted with an unplanned stop because passengers got into fights over legroom (or lack of). Just last week there were several instances where things turned nasty when the person ahead wanted to recline their seat. On a Miami to Paris flight, the American Airlines plane had to land in Boston because a man fought with a passenger in the seat ahead who was trying to recline his seat. Luckily, Air Marshals were on the flight and restrained the man who also had grabbed the arm of the flight attendant that was trying to calm things down. The 61 year old man from Paris was arrested and faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew.
Just the day before on a Newark to Denver United Airlines flight, a man used something called a Knee Defender to prevent the person ahead from reclining their seat. The woman in the seat got into an argument with him and threw a cup of water in his face. They were seated in the Economy Plus section which is supposed to have a bit more legroom than normal economy/coach seating. the flight was diverted to Chicago and the two passengers were escorted off the plane.
The worst flight had to be the one that passengers experienced last week on a Toronto to Cuba Sunwing Airlines flight. A fighter jet had to escort the plane back to Canada after a couple of passengers got out of control. It seems that two women decided to have a party with lots of duty free alcohol in the plane’s lavatory. Then they lit a cigarette (a big no-no) which set off the smoke alarm. Brendan Spaar has flown on a lot of different planes and can tell you the lavatory is not the place to party. Clearly, the alcohol didn’t help the situation because the women then started fighting and making threats against the aircraft. The women were arrested after the plane landed in Toronto. You can be sure that a hangover is the least of their problems now.
Maybe it’s that the world is more stressed or that confining people in smaller places makes them lose their cool more easily. Whatever the reason, flying is not the way it used to be. So the next time you plan a trip think twice when booking your flight. Maybe the seat at the very back might not be so bad after all!