Join Simon Calder’s complimentary travel newsletter for professional tips and cost-saving deals.
Receive Simon Calder’s Travel newsletter.
In the past, Passengers Behaving Badly was mostly associated with bachelor parties drinking Jägermeister on a cheap flight to Prague – but now, the list of misbehavior by travelers on flights continues to increase.
The most recent individuals at fault are including Robert F Kennedy Jr., a candidate for president, who has been accused of exhibiting “repulsive” conduct by walking to the bathroom on a plane without wearing shoes.
In the past, bad behavior during a flight was only evaluated by other passengers. However, in today’s world, such offenses can quickly be captured on camera, recorded, and shared on social media platforms for the entire internet to see.
Excluding the most severe violations such as becoming intoxicated and instigating physical altercations or making derogatory remarks, or even attacking flight attendants, there are several instances of travelers exhibiting questionable conduct that may not result in their removal from a flight, but will surely anger the other passengers who have the misfortune of sharing the same aircraft cabin.
After observing numerous heinous crimes committed during air travel and encountering multiple shocking incidents that have made headlines in recent years, we have compiled a comprehensive list of actions that are highly likely to result in your removal from a flight.
Passengers with long hair draping it over the back of their seat is frustrating behavior, especially when it happens repeatedly during the same trip. This has happened to me numerous times, and there is only so much I can do to move the hair out of the way. On one flight, I even had blonde strands dangerously close to my congealed chicken and potato dinner before I had to awkwardly speak up. Both parties mumbled apologies (as expected from being British), but as soon as the trays were cleared, Rapunzel let down her hair once again. It’s not enjoyable to watch movies with a stranger’s hair in the way.
Recently, American politician Robert F Kennedy Jr. caused controversy when he entered a plane bathroom without wearing shoes.
The nephew of the 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy, Mr. Kennedy, has announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections as an independent, after previously declaring as a Democrat. He is currently receiving higher poll numbers than any other independent or third-party candidate in recent history, and his behavior on a flight, where he walked without shoes, has gained attention on social media.
Justin Haskins, who holds the positions of executive editor at The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com, proudly shared about his recent luxurious first-class flight, where he was seated behind a man he believed to be Mr. Kennedy.
While on his way to the restroom, I noticed that the man was barefoot and without socks, and the floor was littered with repulsive food, he recounted.
“Mr. Haskins expressed his disgust at the sight of Mr. Kennedy walking barefoot into the restroom without any socks or shoes, something I have never witnessed before. He then proceeded to show a photo he took of the incident. As a presidential candidate, one would expect him to at least wear shoes and socks in first class on a plane.”
During a vacation in Croatia with my female friends, we reluctantly paid for assigned seats together on our Ryanair flight. Unfortunately, we were seated in front of a row of young children who constantly kicked the back of our seats. Despite efforts from their mother to stop them, the children continued their disruptive behavior during the two-hour and 20-minute journey. To cope with the frustration, we ended up buying multiple mini bottles of sauvignon blanc from the refreshments trolley. I spent the entire flight mentally cursing the main troublemaker, “Selwyn,” and his group of seat kickers. Our dismay was palpable when we returned to Zadar Airport after a wonderful week in the sun, only to find Selwyn and his row once again waiting for us. We had to endure an hour-long wait to check our bags and go through security before finally boarding the flight with a screaming Selwyn who was eager to continue his antics.
An unidentified woman received backlash on the internet for painting her nails during a flight. A fellow passenger captured a photo of the woman painting her fingernails and also accused her of bringing her own beer onto the aircraft.
JT Genter, an aviation writer covering air miles and points, shared a picture of the woman putting nude polish on her nails on Twitter/X.
“Nail polish wearers, please refrain from applying nail polish in a confined area with a large number of strangers where the air is being circulated. Some individuals may have a heightened sensitivity to the harmful fumes. Additionally, it is important to note that bringing and consuming alcohol on board is prohibited by law.”
In December 2022, a clip of a man trying to ignite a cigarette on an American Airlines flight gained widespread attention when a fellow passenger posted it on the internet. Sara Radosevich posted on Twitter from the American Airlines flight on December 6th, recounting her experience of seeing the man attempt to smoke during the flight.
In the video, the man sitting a few seats away from her can be seen taking out a lighter and smoking a cigarette before the clip ends.
Radosevich commented: “This individual actually lit a cigarette during the flight. @AmericanAir thankfully your feminine flight attendant took it away from him.”
In October, easyJet had to cancel a flight due to a passenger’s actions in the restroom. As a result, frustrated travelers had to stay an extra night in Tenerife as the flight to London Gatwick was rescheduled.
The pilot in a video posted on Twitter/X announced that the flight was cancelled due to someone defecating in the front toilet. The clip begins with the pilot stating that it was “rather amusing” for someone to do so, resulting in an overnight stay at the current location.
The speaker announces that they will be disembarking and arranging hotel accommodations before flying back the next morning, causing the passengers to groan together.