Passenger Frets over Fake Poop Prank

September 23, 2011

in Passenger Stories

This happened a few years ago on a return flight from Las Vegas, but it is still as vivid in my mind as if it happened yesterday. I had boarded and was getting comfortable in my window seat, located pretty far in the rear. The two seats next to me were still open, but it was a full flight, so I knew I’d have company before long. Behind me, and dotted in other seats in near proximity, were a very lively group of people returning from a pharmaceutical sales convention. They all seemed to know each other, and were in fine spirits. One of the ladies behind me clearly had fun shopping in a joke shop, for she was entertaining her buddy with an assortment of gag props such as a whoopee cushion, hillbilly teeth and other fun things.

As usual, the aisles during boarding were congested with people slowly shuffling along to get to their seats. The pair behind me recognized another conventioneer approaching, and some giggling ensues. Then the lady with the gags stands up and, with a conspiratorial grin aimed at me, drops a fake baby diaper complete with fake brown stain onto the seat. I’ve got a good sense of humor, and I didn’t mind enjoying a laugh at her friend’s expense, so I smiled back, but the diaper had landed on the edge of the seat and it slid to the floor. I wasn’t going to pick it up, the jokester didn’t have time to squeeze out into the aisle to replace it, so it stayed there. “Here she comes, here she comes, giggle, giggle,” the prankster said sitting back down.

Well, here she didn’t come. It happened all so fast. The approaching friend sat down one row down and adjacent. Following her was a very large man, not of their group because I heard an “Oh, noooo” from behind me. He swung his bag into the overhead and slid into the row and sat down, a second later shuffling his feet and looking down to see what he was stepping on.

The woman behind did try to get his attention in the split second afterwards, but her attempt was drowned out by the ear-splitting scream from the man as he leaped up and minced around in the aisle as though he had trodden on – well yes – a pile of doo doo. “Sir, sir,” the woman was still trying to get his attention, but a flight attendant was already responding to the commotion and his wrath was turned fully towards her as the representative of the airline who would leave such a thing on the floor of its cabin.

I kept quiet. I had nothing to do with it, and I wasn’t getting drawn in. The prankster finally managed to explain to the FA, and apologize to the man. I was trying hard not to laugh, in fact I was going to – until I saw his face once all had been explained. He did not see it as funny at all and sat there glowering. A glower from the FA at the offender (who managed to retrieve the now trampled prop) was exchanged too. Ah, conventioneers.

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guest October 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

Lets see… it's a full flight so it's going to take a long time for people to get loaded and get to their seats in the first place. The conventioneers decide it would be 'funny' to cause delays with their gag on their friend instead of letting their friend get seated and out of the way of the REST of the people who would be attempting to get past them and get to their seats. Even if their gag had gone exactly as planned, it would have caused their friend to stop, block the aisles, some commotion, while everyone else was tied up waiting in the aisles to get past them. Boarding is the time to get in, get your seat, and get out of the way of the rest of the people.


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