I mentioned last week that January was looking pretty glum. That’s probably why we’ve seen a recent spike in air rage. That’s road rage, only at 35,000 feet. Apparently the skies are not so friendly anymore.
In China passengers were upset that the crew turned off the air conditioning to de-ice the plane before takeoff. Bear in mind they had already been sitting there for more than two hours and were getting understandably frustrated. They promptly opened three (count ’em, three) emergency exits as the plane pushed back from the gate.
This was probably not a very well thought-out strategy, as it caused the flight to be delayed even further. Causing more rage. And even more delay and so on. You get the picture.
The perpetrators were hauled away to prison by Chinese police to be water tortured and forced to eat airplane food for 15 days while reading self-help books on anger management.
In another incident in China, a passenger threw hot water on a flight attendant because she was upset over the service being provided and in another a flight attendant was verbally abused after innocently attempting to reposition passengers’ oversized luggage in the overhead compartment. Geez, can’t they catch a break over there? I get upset when they cut me off after my fifth drink, but this is ridiculous.
Then there was the incident on an overnight flight where a brawl broke out on a flight to Beijing between three men over who was the shortest. There were lots of black eyes on that red-eye, I guess.
After the flight, attendants and crew stopped laughing for long enough to restore order and handed out free fortune cookies to the men, provided they sign up for a yoga class after landing.
The U.S. isn’t immune to this type of behavior, either. Recently a lady attempted to take her own life on a flight after having a fight with her then-boyfriend. She was relocated to another part of the cabin coincidentally next to an off-duty police officer, who noticed her popping pills and hurriedly scribbling a last will and testament on an emergency exit card. Apparently the lady became suicidal after she was shown the menu card for the flight.
Sounds like passengers are causing most of the problems nowadays instead of the mechanics or baggage handlers for a change. And that’s just plane wrong. I say let’s get the turbulence out of the cabin and back outside the airplane where it belongs.
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