Passengers Riot at 40,000

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I have no tolerance for loud, unruly airline passengers but this story takes the definition of “loud, unruly” to a new level.

More than 40 passengers ran riot on a Thomas Cook flight from London Gatwick to Cuba, with one trying to open the emergency exit in mid-flight.

On the return flight on December 30, the same group were again drunk and 17 were stopped from reboarding for the second leg of their trip at Cuba’s Varadero airport.

The passengers, thought to be from Ireland, are said to have ‘run amok’ on the flight to Holguin in Cuba on December 16.

They are alleged to have caused more drunken mayhem at their all-inclusive hotel in the resort of Playa Pesquero.

Dozens of fellow holidaymakers complained about their behaviour on the outward flight and at the resort.

Fellow passenger Sue Brown, of Worcester Park, Surrey, said: ‘On the outward flight, they were smoking, allowing children to run up and down and ignoring all instructions from the crew. I was so scared that I left my seat and sat in the galley with the crew for five hours.”

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4 Responses to Passengers Riot at 40,000

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Did the crew keep selling alcohol to the mob? I know booze is a profit item and airlines aren’t in any hurry to cut off this profit source. If I were a betting man I would guess alcohol was involved here.

  2. mbmdl says:

    Joe hit the nail on the head. We took the whole family to Hawaii a few years ago. Two adults and two boys. My kids are very well behaved. We were given the center row of seats so we could all travel together. To one side, two men had been drinking hard liquor for most of the flight. They started to argue and the crew had to stop their duties and put one of the men in a different area of the plane. But here’s the amazing part of the story. The flight attendant kept selling alcohol to the man remaining next to us. He could hardly stand up by the time the flight landed in Honolulu.

  3. R.J. says:

    Airlines will do anything for a buck.

  4. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Sorry guys, but when it comes to assholism in the air, I’m an advocate for Tasers.

    When one of these drunken dirtbags acts up, the crew should just disable them. Remember Sept. 11, 2001? After that terrible day, I have no problem with an airline crew taking extraordinary steps to secure a flight my family is on.

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