Reasons you Could be Removed from Airplane Flight
FROM wearing skimpy outfits to sniffing fellow passengers, travellers have been removed from planes for some strange reasons.
Passengers won’t be surprised to find out that joining the mile-high club or reading porn will get them kicked off their flight. But did you know discussing the safest seat or asking for water are offences that could easily have you holed up in airport security?
Here are some actions that could get you kicked off your next flight:
Attempting to join the mile-high club
A flight between Las Vegas and Seattle was diverted in 2007 after passengers spotted a couple getting intimate mid-flight. The couple was allegedly “messing around” in the seats before taking the action to the bathroom. They were escorted off the plane after arguing with flight attendants.
Sniffing fellow passengers
Two men had to be removed from a flight between Dallas and Vegas last year due to their bizarre response to a woman’s perfume.
“The passengers smelled a ladies perfume, liked it and proceeded to lean over their seats and press their noses against her neck to smell it more. It was unreal,” flight attendant Bobby Laurie, from a major US airline, said.
Discussing which is the safest seat
A Muslim family was removed from an AirTran flight last month after passengers heard them discussing the safest place to sit and misconstrued the nature of the conversation.
The family was cleared of any wrongdoing but the airline refused to rebook them.
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Sky-high breast feeding
A woman filed a complaint against Delta Air Lines and Freedom Airlines in 2006 claiming she was kicked off a plane because she was breast-feeding her baby.
Emily Gillette said she was discreetly breast-feeding her 22-month-old daughter on a flight between Burlington and New York when she was approached by a flight attendant who then removed her from the plane.
The airline said she refused their request to use a blanket “to provide a little more discretion”.
Wearing a tight-fitting white top, green sweater and a white denim mini-skirt, Kyla Ebbert was desperate to remain on the flight and negotiated with the crew by offering to pull her top up and skirt down, and she was allowed to stay.
A man was thrown off a Nationwide Airlines flight in 2005 after a row over his right to read porn on the plane. A flight attendant told passenger AC Hoffman to put the pornographic magazine away but he refused.
“Some things are just common sense – it is not a social norm to read that type of magazine with other passengers in the vicinity,” a spokesman for the South African airline said.
Having poor personal hygiene
A German man was chucked off a plane in Honolulu, US, back in 2006 for being excessively smelly. Fellow passengers had complained to the crew about his offensive body odour.
He tried to sue the airline but the case was thrown out.
Asking for water
A simple request for water resulted in a man being booted off a plane at La Guardia Airport, US. Mitchell Roslin said the water was for his wife, who was seven month pregnant.
The cabin had overheated after the Spirit Airlines plane experienced engine trouble. Mr Roslin was told it was “against corporate policy” to give out water before the plane took off.
He was asked to leave the plane, and his wife and two children got off with him.
Having a coughing fit
A teenage girl who caught a cold during a school trip was kicked off her flight home because she was coughing.
Rachel Collier was removed from the Continental Airlines plane, which was flying between New Jersey and Honolulu, US, when the captain became concerned about her coughing fit.
Flying with a cuddly crocodile
A woman found herself in hot water when she refused to move her metre-long cuddly toy crocodile, which the crew said was blocking the emergency exit. She was removed from the Ryanair flight, which was flying between Rome and Milan in 2007.
Wearing a rude T-shirt
A US woman was forced to leave a Southwest Airlines flight due to her “offensive” T-shirt. Featuring pictures of George Bush and friends, Lorrie Heasley’s T-shirt had a slogan based on the film Meet the Fockers – with one crucial vowel altered.
Flying with an autistic son
A mother and her autistic boy were kicked off an American Eagle flight at Raleigh-Durnham Airport, US. The two-and-a-half-year old was upset and could not be calmed down by his mother, so the pilot deemed him “uncontrollable” and removed them.
Chucking a hissy fit
A man was taken off a flight after becoming enraged and slapping his wife. The passenger became angered when told he wouldn’t be able to sit next to his wife.
“He started screaming and throwing items. When his wife tried to call him down, he slapped her. And it all started out with “Don’t you know who I am?” Shelby, who has been a flight attendant for a major US airline since 2001, said.
He spent the night in gaol, but his wife was allowed to fly home.