Who are the Worst Airline Passengers You have Travelled With?

Posted in Air Travel by Hank on the September 23rd, 2009

At a recent lunch time drinking session myself and a group of friends began to swap stories about the worst passengers we’d run into on planes. Here are just a few of the worst:

fatFat, Sweaty, Smelly Woman: I once had the middle seat next to a lady who must have been at least 20 stone (280 pounds). This was in the middle of summer, on a very hot day and this woman stank. The strong smell of body odour nearly made me wretch. She was so fat that her enormous flabby backside encroached into my seating space making it impossible for me to avoid coming into contact with her unpleasantly sweaty mass. She spent the whole flight puffing, panting, complaining about the heat and stinking.

Seat Kicking Kid: One of my friends described an economy flight to the Canary islands with a child sitting behind him who persisted in kicking his head rest. The child’s mother did nothing to stop this obnoxious little brat and in the end my friend had to ask a flight attendant to do something about it resulting in an argument with the child’s equally obnoxious mother.
Screaming Baby: We’d all experienced the joy of travelling with babies on board and concluded that there needs to be separate aircraft for parents with babies and toddlers. A night flight from Singapore to the UK with a teething baby and its mother in the adjacent seat is enough to turn anybody into a child murderer.

Drunken Sailors: One of our group described a flight to the Caribbean via the United States with a group of British Seamen destined to join a tanker in Trinidad. As soon as the plane took off from Heathrow this little group started drinking heavily. They were soon highly intoxicated, singing ribald sea shanties and sexually harassing the flight attendants and anybody else who came within arms reach.
The Sloppy Sleeper: This is the person who somehow manages to doze off but rests their head on your shoulder. Several of us had run into examples of this passenger. In one case the sleeper was a young man who spent the flight obliviously scratching his crotch while mumbling and dribbling. Not nice.

Do you have any examples of aircraft passengers who you would rather have not travelled with?

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