Grey Haired “Gentleman”

November 25, 2008

in Passenger Stories

Flying from Geneva to London. I got settled in my seat and in front of me a grey haired gentleman took his seat and also seemed to settle down. I got out my book and started to read.

Then it started.

I was roused from my reading by an argument between the fellow and the FA. Although the plane was full, he was refusing to let someone into the seat beside him. Apparently he needed it to sit his laptop on which was his right as he had purchased a ticket which in his mind entitled him to the entire row. The FA was cheerful but firm. A simple choice, give up the seat or get off the plane. So he gave in and the person took their seat. Again things quieted down.

Back to my book and shortly we start to taxi.

Now he started an argument with a woman a row ahead, which he appeared to know. Don’t know what it was about as it was being carried on in Swiss or German. Again the FA shows up and tells him to settle down, which he finally does.

We continue to taxi.

Suddenly he gets annoyed at something, gets up and starts wandering around the aisle muttering loudly. FA shows up again, with reinforcements, and orders him back to his seat. He refuses.

Back to the terminal.

Two men with submachine guns and NO sense of humor get on and take the fellow away. We are all happy and after filling out a statement as to what had transpired, I’m back to my book and away we went.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Belleweather April 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

Occasionally mentally disturbed people get on flights. Or people who normally function well have their problems triggered by the enclosed space, proximity to strangers, or other factors. I'm just saying this because all kinds of things from hypoglycemia to medication reactions can cause people to act or appear irrational.

It's unnverving when it happens.


Anonymous April 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Yeah, agreed, this guy just sounds crazy. Happy he is off the plane. Did this story really happen?


Anonymous April 3, 2009 at 5:44 am

There's no such language as Swiss. In Switzerland, people mainly speak German or French.

Besides that…it was a very funny story!


huh April 3, 2009 at 6:09 am

SchwitzerdUEtsch" is as "dEUtsch" as "Dutch" is "hollaendisch" is "Nederlands".


JustJW April 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm

"There's no such language as Swiss. In Switzerland, people mainly speak German or French"

LMAO! "This year I'll be mainly wearing Versace" springs to mind.

Clearly "anonymous" does not know Switzerland!


Evie April 5, 2009 at 4:27 am

This was a really funny story and all you people can do is scrutinze about language issues. I am from Germany and I didn't care. Our world would be so much nicer without people nagging over everything and anything. Honestly people, get a grip.


Sharon April 8, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Evie – Scheisse. Du bist ein Bitch.


Rob April 25, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Evie, nagging is fun.


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