I once boarded a TWA flight, found somebody in my assigned seat, and the f/a showed me to an empty window seat in the exit row and the middle seat was empty too. Lucky me! No, I wasn't so lucky. The guy in the aisle seat was drunk. A loud, talkative, obnoxious drunk, and very obvious about it. He was talking nonsense to the f/a's every time they walked down the aisle. He was talking to the passengers around him. He was playing with the telephone. At one point he grabbed a newspaper from somebody across the aisle and gave it to me. The flight was only 45 min, so no big deal.
But then they provided beverage service and the guy bought two drinks. That was more than I could take. This was the exit row, remember, the guy is drunk, everybody can see he's drunk, and they're serving him drinks. I was furious and there was nothing I could do about it during the flight. As I was getting off, I stopped and told the captain how the f/a's committed a safety violation by serving alcohol to a drunk sitting in the exit row. The captain just stood there and looked at me with a blank expression and told me to fill out a complaint card. Of course, I didn't expect him to react in front of other passengers, but I expected something would happen later. As I was waiting at the baggage carousel, one of the f/a's came running up to me to complain loudly about my complaint to the captain! She said I was wrong. The guy was just being very friendly. They had no reason to think he was drunk. We had a big argument about it.
So that's why I applaud when I watch "Airline" and they kick the drunks off.
[Edited 2005-01-21 23:21:53]
"I tell you this, no eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn." Jim Morrison