Passenger Sneaks a Smoke

June 19, 2012

in Passenger Stories

Oh, god, this is so ridiculous, I wouldn’t believe it, but I swear it’s true.

Flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Atlanta on Delta Airlines (I take this flight every year home to visit my family). A man and a young girl were sitting a few rows behind me. I only remembered him because he was asking, in French, for a trash can and the flight attendant didn’t speak French, so I translated (“poubelle” is one of the few words I know, so I was glad to help). I smiled at his little girl and then forgot about them for the flight. We slept some of the time; it was great.

Toward landing, this man got very agitated. The flight attendants kept asking him to please put on his seat belt for landing, but he kept trying to get up and get his baggage. Eventually an attendant was standing over him, blocking him from standing up, and he settled down. I thought he was just a nervous flyer, but once the plane landed (before we were at the gate) he jumped up, grabbed his bags and tried to leave with the little girl in tow. However, this being nearly the back of the plane, he was stymied by the first class passengers and didn’t get far.

As we were leaving, I noticed that the restroom reeked of smoke. The police officers that had surrounded him and his little girl finally made it click, and the French guy smoking in the airline lavatory was the big gossip in the immigration line.

You have to love the French!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Substantial June 20, 2012 at 2:48 am

This was an ok (just barely ok) post until the last pointless and stupid comment.


Pepe June 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

…and coming from Zurich there's a good chance he wasn't French but Swiss (living in Switzerland the OP might have noticed that they do talk french in part of the country).


flossiesdoll June 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

You have to love the racist remarks!



epeek June 22, 2012 at 1:22 am

I agree with substantial, that comment was not needed.

Pepe its true maybe he was Swiss.

I couldnt believe he would do that while flying with his little daughter Lol


Rune Wilhelm Rasmussen December 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

I do not know what is worst, a rest room smelling of cigarettes (illegal), vomit (legal) or pure "manure" (legal). I have experienced unusable toilets due to other passengers manifestations, totally disrespectful to fellow pax. Gross.


Dave March 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

Yes Rune,you s##t smells like roses I'm sure.


Diablo August 19, 2016 at 2:29 am

Simple fix! Perfume! Unless it's that bad. That restroom needs to be destroyed if it's that bad.


patsytp August 19, 2016 at 3:22 am

Umm… perfume doesnt set smoke alarms off… smoking however, does…


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