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User currently offlineDC10Widebody From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

I just read "Plane Insanity" by Elliott Hester, one chapter that really caught my attention it was about a flight his airline operated that they deemed the San Juan Special, from JFK. Passengers gambling, drinking their own booze, and a fist fight breaking out. Anyone have any stories about rowdy out of control flights like this?

This is a pretty entertaining book by the way for anyone who wants to check it it out you can read a bit on Amazon.com...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...-2941739?s=books&v=glance&n=283155


Cheers thanks a lot.
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User currently offlineGVWOW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 168 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

I read a little of a book called "around the world in a bad mood, confessions of a flight attendant" by Rene Foss. It's quite funny, and it includes some of the things the crew says when they're ovestressed.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/078...-7338828-2999959?v=glance&n=283155


User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

I'll go with most flights to Vegas...

Wasted passengers singing in the back of the plane at the top of their lungs, one guy getting up on final approach to go to the bathroom, landing in the bathroom and hearing a loud "thud" after we touched down, only to be followed by the door swinging open and the drunk standing there with a huge grin on his face...

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

In all the time I have been cabin crew, I have never had "rowdy" flights. I have the once-in-a-while passenger bring their own alcohol. When alcohol was free, the occasional "appears to be" intoxicated passenger getting rambunctious reared their ugly head (now that there is a charge, it is few and far between that this happens). Our HNL-SYD flights were notorious for being drank dry. That's all the alcohol in economy, business and first (when we had it).

VERY RARELY had to call local authorities, except for the mentally imbalanced customers who made the flight hell, for rowdy people.

It's even more rare now.



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineMikefad From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Every flight I ever took with Southwest was what I would deem rowdy, what with the singing and general nonsense. NOT TO MENTION HERDING TO THE JETWAY BEFORE THE FLIGHT! SHEESH!

User currently offlineSeeTheWorld From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Quoting Mikefad (Reply 4):
Every flight I ever took with Southwest was what I would deem rowdy, what with the singing and general nonsense. NOT TO MENTION HERDING TO THE JETWAY BEFORE THE FLIGHT! SHEESH!

This is a blog about rowdy flights, not a blog to take an overly generalized swipe at a carrier you obviously don't like.


User currently offlineGrantcv From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Any flight with a girl's high school or college sports team on board is a rowdy flight.

User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

I remember a trip I took LHR to YYZ back in '97 on an AC 767. There was some guy about 10 rows forward of me in Y who purchased a bottle of Whiskey from duty free, and drank most of it in the first 2 or 3 hours of the flights. When the F/A attempted to take it from him, he started to get rowdy and threatening, raising his voice etc. Two or three rather large guys who were sat in the vicinity stood up ready to protect the F/A, as well as another male F/A who came to get involved, and the passenger realized quickly he was outnumbered, sat down, and slept his drunkesness of for the remaining 5 or 6 hours. Pretty amusing.

Another time was just this February on a BA 747 LHR to LAX. There were a group of 20 or so college girls who had been drinking before getting on the plane. I got chatting to a few of them (the good looking ones), and they were all acting school students who were on a college trip to Hollywood. As soon as drinks were served on board, they all had a couple of vodkas, then when the 'free-for-all bar' was set up in the galley (in typical lazy BA fashion, imo), there were girls literally returning with a tray of 7 or 8 vodkas and orange juices every 15 minutes or so. They then preceeded to gather in the aisle, talking loudly and laughing, a couple of them even started dancing (!!). I was literally seconds from hitting the attendent call button to shut them up and sit them down when we hit turbulence and the seatbelt sign was on for a while. By the time the captain switched the seatbelt sign off, they were all sound asleep, bless them. But then one of them was clearly quite drunk and managed to wake herself by puking down herself. Nasty, but totally funny.


User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Quoting Mikefad (Reply 4):
Every flight I ever took with Southwest was what I would deem rowdy, what with the singing and general nonsense. NOT TO MENTION HERDING TO THE JETWAY BEFORE THE FLIGHT! SHEESH!

Must not have taken many flights with them.


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

IVE NEVER FLOWN SOUTHWEST BUT I KNOW THEY MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE CATTLE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I'M TOLD - ENOUGH JOKES ALREADY F/AS I THINK WE GET IT

Speaking of jokes... (the above is so no flaming!)

sheesh


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 9):
ENOUGH JOKES ALREADY F/AS I THINK WE GET IT

I take WN a bit for commuting purposes and have seen or heard nothing but highly proefessional crews in the air and on the ground. Never a joke or funny p.a. was said.

As with rowdiness on the aircraft, maybe some people get out of hand because they think that they can get away with it, as in their behaviour.

I am 6', 250lbs (113kg), flattop and beard and can look menacing (prop forward in rugby) if need be. I am all about having a good time onboard, but I have said many times that the minute your fun gets out of, I am going to shut it down. In the same breath, I also say (just to those having said fun) I can be a dick if need be, lets not get to that point. 100% of the time, people are good with that and nothing gets out of hand.

It's all in how it's handled.



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4897 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Pretty much any discount holiday charter flight out of the UK to party spots. Having been on a couple let me assure you that the clientele are rough around the edges.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 10):
I take WN a bit for commuting purposes and have seen or heard nothing but highly proefessional crews in the air and on the ground. Never a joke or funny p.a. was said.

For the love of god, it was a joke, which I pointed out with this:

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 9):
Speaking of jokes... (the above is so no flaming!)


User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 972 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

Isn't this just a timely topic with the World Cup going on?

Certainly there have been many incidents with football hooligans.



LD4



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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4446 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Our Alaskan members can back me up on this one.
Any flight out of King Salmon at the end of the salmon fishing season going back to Anchorage, or a charter to Seattle from canaries, fish camps always a big winner in terms of rowdiness.


User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2908 times:

Some of our Boston flights get close to Jerry Springer territory. Imagine 117 drama queens with cell phones and shit don't stink attitudes being inconvenienced! One flight in particular where due to a bitch thunderstorm in BOS, the passengers had to sit out on the runway of course engines running. Our captain again and again explained the situation to them but, the captain's word wasn't good enough for those Boston folk. Upon arrival at BWI, we had a welcoming committee, the state's finest. A hand full of these passengers got special limo service to the state hotel!  banghead 


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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3105 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2907 times:

Everytime I have flown SEA-LAS on AS, it has been extremely rowdy. It didn't help on my last flight when the FA's gave out free booze (until the cart was empty) as an apology for delays.  Smile

User currently offlineSirOmega From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2868 times:

I can remember back when I was in 8th grade (1995), our class (of about 70 kids) went to DC (from LAS) on AA via DFW. Imagine 8 adults trying to heard 70 8th grade kids around. Plus our flights were red-eye so while people on the plane were trying to get some shut eye (including me), the bitchiest girls in the class were taking pictures (with the flash on) and being noisy all flight. Luckily that only lasted the first leg of the flight - after that the teachers would mix up the seat assignments and try to keep the different cliques apart. It worked well for the most part as the other three legs of the trip were more or less boring (since you sat next to people you didnt talk to much).

User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3921 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Quoting DC10Widebody (Thread starter):
I just read "Plane Insanity" by Elliott Hester

Love that book!


User currently offlinePJ295 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

I remember I flight to vegas I took a couple of years back on Northwest. My wife and I were swithcing planes and had to go from concourse C to concourse E (old terminal). When we get to E the airport bar was packed and very loud. We were joking about what a bunch of drunks they were to be smashed at 9am. When the announcement for boarding to Las Vegas was given the bar pretty much emptyed out. The whole flight was mostly a drunken party for most of the passengers. It was my first trip to Vegas and seemed appropriate that the flight was a party.....

User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

Most rowdy flight must have been on anet's favorite airline (sarcasm) Ryanair. Flew from STN to CIA, and the middle ten rows of the plane were all talking at the top of their lungs. I could hear people in the back of the cabin, and I was in the front. Their was one man who kept swearing and making stupid jokes, and when the flight attendant (Ryanair has them?  duck  Wink came to visit, he just yelled at her more. Oh well.


From YVR
User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 663 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

The only rowdy flight I've ever had was on WN. I was flying BDL-BNA, and I was 2nd in the A line, my grandmother and my younger sister were in the ladies room when they called A group to board. Anyway, the guy ahead of me had an e-ticket that he printed at home which wouldn't go through the scanner. So the ticket agent pulled him aside and said she would take care of him after she boarded the A group. He was very agitated and mutters something under his breath containing a few "choice" words. So I board and take the first row bulkhead with the extra legroom, anyway I ask the F/A if it's all-right if I save the two other seats in the row for my grandmother and sister, she says "no problem" and I put a book and my bag on the other two seats. So the guy boards and after he notices the other bulkhead row is taken and the exit rows are taken he tries to move the bag and book:
"Excuse me sir, but I placed those books there to save those seats."
"Too bad, they aren't here"
"Sir, they are for my grandmother and sister who are in the bathroom"
"I don't care, I want to sit here, and I would be if it weren't for that damn idiot at the gate" (There are children nearby)
"Sir, don't use that language when children around"
"I'll say whatever the F!@# I want when I want" (He yells)
F/A: "Sir please vacate that seat, that gentlemen is saving them for members of his party in the restroom."
Man: "He can't do that, I was going to be on first, I'm sitting here"
Passenger: "Hey what's the deal that guy was in the seat first, stop acting like a neanderthal and find another seat"
Man: "That's it, (he swings his fist at me, I duck and it slams into the bulkhead) "Ahhh FU!@" (Me and the other passenger restrain him while the F/A calls for security. Cops come and arrest him for attempted assault. Week later when I get back I was served a subpoena and had to testify in court.)
That's why I like assigned seats. This way this won't happen

Cheers from BDL and BAF,  wave 
DeltaGuy767



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User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 853 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

We had a flight from FLL-LAS about 3 years ago, where the pax got so rowdy, 1 threw a beer can at the F/A and others threw food. It got so bad that the flight diverted to ABQ and 19 pax were arrested. Subsequently only 2 had charges pressed against them and the others were released. The 2 went to trial about 6 mos. later and were convicted. For once I was glad to see the airline follow through, in these matters. Most times pax get off with just a slap on the wrist, and/or a small fine.


A line is evidence that other people exist.
User currently offlineN484ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

It's pretty sad the first thing that came to mind when I read this post's headline on the front page were trips to the Caribbean and it turns out your post was on San Juan in this example.

My parents are from the Dominican Republic (for those who don't know it's between Haiti and Puerto Rico)...

Dominicans can be loud! And often on flight from JFK/EWR to Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo or in the recent years, to Santiago... they misbehave! They just don't know how to act. Some get drunk, some disobey regulations, upon departure from the gate they don't seem to comprehend that they must stay in their seats (same for when we land -- and yes it happens on other flights as well, but when you try to tell someone who doesn't know English, it gets a bit more difficult.), etc.

... the most ironic part... flying for most Dominicans is still quite an exclusive affair. Most dress to impress and try to carry themselves with "dignity and respect" on these flights... but you can't judge a Dominican by their clothes and how they pretend to act :-P

[Edited 2006-06-10 18:27:01]

User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5486 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

Quoting N484ER (Reply 23):
It's pretty sad the first thing that came to mind when I read this post's headline on the front page were trips to the Caribbean and it turns out your post was on San Juan in this example.

My parents are from the Dominican Republic (for those who don't know it's between Haiti and Puerto Rico)...

I'm not sure if it's considered part of the Carribean but, CAN is the REDNECK RIVIERA! I've heard stories about flights to this Mexican resort that would make Spuds McKenzie blush with envy!


Your CAN pax skew toward dudes with mullets! Who voted for W both times.  vomit 


And their floozy wives or girlfriends.




CAN flights are known for drinking, flighting, plenty of puking and mile high shenanigans.

It's usually these folk who shag and bare their evil spawn and then travel to MCO with too much checked baggage and of course during the school year when their miscreant offspring should be in class!  bouncy 



I'm Zippyjet & I approve of this message!
25 Type-rated : Zippy: I think you meant CUN rather than CAN. From experience, you can only imagine what has gone on there. From what I understand both "Girls Gone Wi
26 Airlinebrat : I have never had so much fun as my first trip down to Vegas on a WN flight from Reno. Yes, I had consumed a few adult beverages prior to boarding, but
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