Air travel can be a hassle. Sometimes, even a nightmare. Airports are crowded, security measures are annoying, and flights get delayed. You must contend with crying babies, thrashing children, and obese row-mates. Planes can be delayed for hours on the tarmac. Weather often works against you. And the food? Sub-par at best.
But occasionally it gets even worse – obnoxious adult passengers (who, as adults, should know better) who disregard the personal space of others. They’re loud, rude, and take up too much space…either with their stuff or with their oversized bodies. And sometimes they recline their seat right back onto you.
What’s a passenger, who has warned the annoying fellow traveler several times, to do?
You pop the guy a good one to the face.
Well, you shouldn’t, but I know we would all love it. A scuffle ensues, people get worked up, and the flight, now flanked by fighter jets, returns to its point of origin.
And no charges get filed against the obnoxious seat-recliner, who felt it was his right to push things to the breaking point?
I say we use that no-fly list and create a zero-tolerance policy for in-flight disturbances. You create a problem, you can take the bus…for the rest of your life. Nothing in the Constitution says you have the right to fly in a plane. And, I’m assuming, the offense that got you banned from air travel was hardly your first – you’ve probably been rude and obnoxious for years.
Got job and family obligations on the opposite coast? Tough. Get ready for a road trip. You should have thought about that before you caused a ruckus by being a complete and total jerk.
I’m sure most regular airline passengers would gladly pay the 2% airfare increase to make up for banning the most rude and aggressive 2% of passengers – a worthy tradeoff!
Oh, and if you cause a flight to return to its point of origin, you should have to pay back those travel costs…for the airline and those other hundred passengers.
If someone is causing a problem on a flight, make a note of it and alert a flight attendant. Try to avoid a physical altercation at all costs. But, if it does happen, the instigator should be the one held responsible, not the other party who has been driven to his or her breaking point after giving repeated requests and warnings. This way the flagrant seat-recliners of the skies know that they, and they alone, will be held responsible for the fight if others confirm that repeated requests and warnings had been given before an altercation developed.
With the cost of jet fuel today, being willfully ignorant and disregarding your fellow passengers’ requests and warnings could be expensive. But nobody ever said stupidity was cheap.