A Spirit Airlines flight heading to Florida made an abrupt landing when a partially blind, 86-year-old man caused a disruption. The pilot was forced to divert to Houston when the man, who cannot speak English, became too unruly for flight attendants to control.
The trip was supposed to last only six-hours during a routine flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale but the delay lasted much longer. Many passengers missed connecting flights and some even missed the departure of their cruises. The airline is refunding their tickets as compensation.
Sadly, there is no footage of the incident with the French-speaking old man. There is, however, sound bites of equally unruly and dissatisfied passengers.
Between rowdy, partially blind men, pilots undergoing mental breakdowns, and malfunctioning hydraulic systems, I am going to go out on a limb here and propose that no one fly on an airplane again, ever.
Trust me on this one. Who knows what the next news story will be? Someone will probably sacrifice a goat on a JetBlue flight at some point this summer. Or maybe a Spirit Airlines flight going from Chicago to Detroit will experience a flash mob that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Not to mention, we are long overdue for another Samuel Jackson cameo and an attack of invasive snakes on an aircraft of some sort.
I’ve got to be honest, I’m still wishing I could see a cell phone video of the event. How does an 86-year-old, French-speaking man cause so much of a ruckus that an airplane has to land to effectively control him?
To borrow a phrase from Anchorman‘s Ron Burgundy, I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.
-Rose Vardell, 98.5 WNCX Morning Show News Blogger