747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2776 posts, RR: 16 Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1447 times:
Has anyone here ever been stuck next to a real thug on their flight? This guy wasn't really a thug but he sure was drunk. Ever been stuck next to a drunk guy trying to lecture you on the philosophies of Aristotle and Socretes... ugh. Five hours of that (and a Sandra Bullock movie playing in the background) can drive a person crazy. Luckily I got to see my first aurora from midair so there was a lighter side to this whole affair.
"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
Vincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1381 times:
This will probably make your trip sound like a day in heaven. Back in April I was flying TWA from STL to AUS. Coincidently there was a bar right across from the gate with a rowdy Texas lacross team in it. I prayed to God that they wern't on my flight. Well gess what, they were on the flight. So picture this:
A full TWA DC-9 with about 25 completly drunk jocks, not to mention we were delayed and all had to sit on the plane for an extra hour. Then while in flight the boys in the back started to get rowdy (hollaring and such) and then the captain comes over the PA System to warn these guys to calm down or the police would be waiting in AUS. Also all alcholic beverage service was stopped beacuse of the drunks. Well after that the guys got in a few curses to the pilot and then all passed out. When we got to AUS sure enough the cops were in the baggage claim area waiting, but nothing happend.
Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 944 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1337 times:
Well, it wasn't a dude, but a completely drunk woman (good looking, too!!). It was Christmas eve, 1999, and was travelling from DFW to ONT, an a Delta MD90. The story was, from what I could interpret, that she was scared of flying and that she usually got drunk before her trips by plane. You should have seen her, she was babbling away on her cell phone when we taxied out to the runway @ DFW until a flight attendant asked her politely three times to turn it off, eventually the phone was taking away (just like a child!!!). The woman cussed and bitched @ the flight attendant for the rest of the flight. When we lined up with the runway, she whipped out a Makers' Mark bottle; one of those small sized bottles where you can drink the alcohol in one shot. Anyway, while taking off, she clamped on her armrest and drank the whisky, it was the funniest sight. I tried to tell her, that I had my private pilot's license and that everything was alright, but she told me that all pilots are evil; I just left her alone for the rest of the flight. She eventually got on the phone in the plane and ordered $100s of merchandise, making her feel better she told the person taking her order. Anyway, when we got into ONT she was asleep and did not wake up until we got the gate. It was funny to watch this spectacle, but I rather travel next to people who can handle flying....
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
One way the airlines handle drunks; they can turn up the heat in the cabin, and adjust the pressurization, raising the cabin altitude. It puts the drunks to sleep in no time! I've talked to crews that swear it works...........
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1265 times:
I went on a trip with about 15 other foreign students while studying in St. Petersburg, Russia back in 1992. We were flying on an Aeroflot TU154B-2 from Simferopol' to St. Petersburg, and I was seated next to one of the guys from the Canadian group. Very kewl people, and MAN could they ever pound back the vodka (and everything else)! Anyway, this guy was hung over, and though I was trying to be polite, he really stank. Of course, when one is drunk, the alcohol comes out all of the pores of the skin. The Canadian guy was really very nice about it, apologising because he was sure I could smell it. Once he fell asleep, I crawled over him and changed seats.
As a side note, I've noticed much more drinking aboard Eastern European carriers than on Western ones. I think most Eastern Europeans consider a trip to be an excuse to party. Not that I haven't had a few myself on more than one flight...
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1256 times:
Although I have sat next to people drinking alcoholic drinks quite a few times, the only time I've sat next to a truly drunken guy was during a flight on a Time Air (now part of Canadian Regional) Dash 7 en route to Grande Prairie from Edmonton to see my family for a weekend visit years ago.
I was 11 or 12 at the time, just a kid, and in the window seat was a guy in his late thirties, unshaven but very clean. He was downing at least a couple of vodka and Sprites during the whole flight, which took just over an hour in the Dash 7. The guy claimed that he was an offshore oil rig worker from Alaska. He was getting pretty slurred later on and even offered me some of his drink! Remember that I was only 11 or 12 at the time, so his judgement was already going down the toilet because of the booze. But he never got violent, nor did he swear much.
On most flights, the people I've sat next to have usually been much better and more sensible. But I've seen passengers white-knukled at even the thought of sitting 30,000 feet in a plane. I've seen much worse people on Greyhound buses such as drugs and even a guy who tried to masturbate on the bus!
Morecy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 216 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1249 times:
kind of off topic but just as annoying; sitting next to people who just don't fit in airplane seats. Once on a very full TWA flight I was stuck next to a guy who needed 2 seats for himself. The arm rest was bending into my lap and I was contorting my body into some sort of position to give way to this guy's mass. Anyway, the only way I could get relatively comfortable was by reclining all the way back. I could have used a drink on that flight.
Aa777dr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1246 times:
Like my topic says I drink all the times. When ever I have to fly I have to have some whiskey or cognac with me. Depending on how I feel. I cannot fly without being a little tipsy. It's just something I've accustomed my self to. I never offend anyone. In fact in several of the times I've flown I've asked the person next to me if they want a drink and they accept. I guess it's because I don't drink cheap shit.
But really. I think that if you are going to drink on a flight it should be just like drinking anywherelse, get a grip and have self control. I've been known to finish a whole litter of cognac in a fligh and open another one for the arrival. My flights are usually 3hr 15min long (jfk-pop). But I do travel to PBI, & MIA a whole lot.