Man Wants To Take A 30,000 Foot Stroll

November 20, 2007

in Passenger Stories

I was on a flight from Hong Kong to New York in first-class. It’s a 14-hour flight and about 7 hours in, a man began getting up, walking to an area specifically for the flight crew and walking back. Soon, I noticed they were telling this man to take his seat and NO, he could NOT get off the plane. One of the stewardesses came up to the man sitting beside me (he was quite muscular and told me he had played football for Texas in college) and asked if he would watch the man and keep him from the door. She did this to all the men sitting in this section.

Turns out, 7 hours into the flight, this man was insisting on exiting the aircraft. We’re thousands of miles in the air above Canada! So he stands up again, and the man beside me gets up and asks him to sit down. The agitated man grabs my neighbor’s testicles and says, “F*** you!” My neighbor tells him to let go or he’ll punch him. All the men are up now, pulling at the agitated man. My neighbor continues with what he promised and punched the agitated man in the head. The man begins bleeding, the men restrain him, and the stewardesses bring plastic to bind his arms.

My neighbor sits back down beside me and tells me everything that I couldn’t see. Next thing we know, a stewardess is beside us handing him a bag. Inside the bag is an empty wine bottle. She tells him that if the man gets up again, he needs to be hit with the bottle. My neighbor tells her that’s not necessary, but she can’t take the bottle back – the captain has ordered her to give my neighbor this bottle.

The rest of the flight was fine. When we land, we’re greeted by one ambulance, one federal air marshal vehicle, and eight police cars.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristin July 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm

THIS WAS THE BEST STORY….I am still laughing out loud. Good thing I live alone! Someone would have carted me off already!!! An empty wine bottle. He must be hit! I love it!

So much for air marshalls!


Matthew September 15, 2008 at 4:24 am

It is not possible for anyone to open the door when the plane is pressurized. The greater pressure on the inside is designed to keep it firmly closed, whatever happens.

Once, 300 people died on the ground because the crew forgot to depressurize after landing with an in-flight fire (Saudia Tristar, 1970s). I bet they were trying to open the door…


Stewie April 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

That is awesome!!


Luke April 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

You were thousands of miles above Canada? Really? How many thousands? Say, 50,000 miles? So, from that high you must have had a fantastic view, seeing as your almost half-way to the moon!

Seriously, you were thousands of feet in the air. Probably 40,000 feet which is less than 8 miles.


Denim April 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

Luke, some people have problems with numbers. :-/


me April 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Sounds like these same people have problems flying too…


nicole April 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

It sounds like this man may have had a disability or a psychiatric problem. I am not sure I would classify someone's obviously traumatic experience (his NOT yours) as a hell story.

After hearing your story, I am just glad that he was not injured during the flight.


debi April 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I'm glad the airline FA's and pilot identified a potential threat and arranged a method of minimizing danger to everyone on the aircraft. Good for them.


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm

This story is perversely funny ("If he acts up, whack him.") 😐


jag April 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

glad an air marshall wasn't on board or the poor guy would have probably been shot dead.


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Story doesn't ring right … First Class ? Bottle to hit the man with as a weapon, even after he's tied down ? FA asking a fellow passenger to keep an eye on this person even though there are 2 crews onboard (remember, HK to NYC flight) ?


AL April 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Again, why do people feel the need to question things posted on here? Just laugh, or shrug, or shudder and move on.. Who cares.. lol


Rob April 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thousands of miles in the air. I know, but I couldn't help laughing.

And for the others, air crews will ask passengers for help as needed.

The Air Marshal, if available, will provide assistance if it's absolutely necessary.

Who knows if the freaked out guy was just a distraction?


Vic April 5, 2009 at 5:02 am

Nicole, are you kidding me? I don't care if the guy had a "psychiatric problem." At that point, he's a danger to the 200-300 other people on the flight.

It sounds like you think that, instead of ensuring the safety of everyone else on the plane by restraining him, everyone should have been wiping his ass for him.


Anon April 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

ROFLOL! I looked past the "thousand miles" part because, anyone can make this mistake. (I've done it myself.) My favourite part was the the stewardess giving this lady's neighbour "the bottle" and telling him to thwack him if he acts up again. Screw the bottle, I would've asked for something that could do some real damage to his genitalia because trust me, you don't want this one breeding.


chef james scott April 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm

shoulda punched him just behind the ear badda boom badda bing out go the lights


mike r April 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Anonymous #1: "This story is perversely funny".

Anonymous #2: "This story doesn't sound right".

First its funny to you, next, it doesn't sound right…..Anonymous, I am convinced that you are a severly learning disabled S.S.I. receipient who is filling in time since rehab/special ed. has not provided any way for you to enter mainstream, intellectually. Please find some other venue for retards to interact socially, this site is not a fit for you. Why not try hanging out at some trisomy-21 site?!


Anonymous April 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

mike r, what is your problem? Do you know what Anonymous means? Do you think that Anonymous #1 is the same as Anonymous #2, is the same as me? Duh!!


Atari May 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm

AHHAAHHAHAAHH! I was really hoping that the person fussing at the 'Anonymous' was joking, but apparently, he was not.

Hah haha hah! That's just so funny! It's like watching to a guy talk to someone who isn't there.



Carl Sagan September 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

"Billyuns and billyuns of miles up in the sky…….."


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