Attention Passengers! This Is an Emergency Landing. Funniest cases
Probably what you have read in the title is the last thing you want to hear when you are flying, but sometimes the situation obliges pilots to land the plane down in order to avoid catastrophe. And as most passengers would think that something really complicated is going on with the plane, that there is a terrorist in the cabin or the plane is out of kerosene, you wouldn’t believe that sometimes the reasons for emergency landing can be bizarre and silly. Well, here are some cases.
1 Fight over legroom, caused a plane to land
A fight over legroom led to an unscheduled landing for a United Airlines flight. The Knee Defender is a set of clamps you can take on an airplane to disable the reclining ability of the seat in front of you. Many airlines prohibit them, including United Airlines. In August 2014, the use of this device led to a flight from Newark to Denver to be diverted to Chicago, where two passengers were put off the flight.
The fight started when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he was on his laptop. A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That’s when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver.
Both passengers were sitting in United’s Economy Plus section, the part of the plane that has four more inches of legroom than the rest of coach. The flight continued to Denver, where it arrived an hour and 38 minutes late, minus two passengers. It was probably like flying with big children.
2 A woman couldn’t stop singing a Whitney Houston song caused the pilot to land the plane
Sounds bizarre? In May 2013, an American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing because a passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s hit song I Will Always Love You. The domestic service from Los Angeles to New York was diverted to Kansas City so marshals could remove the woman from the plane because she kept singing the song repeatedly.The singing began shortly after take off, but around halfway through the flight it became too much for fellow passengers and staff to bear. The woman was filmed being escorted from the plane, in handcuffs, still singing Whitney’s hit.
3 Fight of honeymooners caused an emergency flight
Love is in the air… Or, it might have been if the groom hadn’t allegedly gotten drunk and fought with the bride on their way to the honeymoon, forcing a Delta Air Lines jet to make an emergency landing.
According to authorities, the flight was headed from Atlanta to Costa Rica, but instead was forced to stop and land on Grand Cayman Island. It was reported that the man got into a drunken disagreement with his new wife on the plane, and was escorted from the flight after it landed. He was held on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct by local police and could be facing more charges under international air law. Also, there was no “sticking together through good times and bad times.” The bride reportedly continued traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica. Well, they paid for that fancy hotel, so it would be a waste if she missed it, right?
4 Snake on a plane made the pilot find the first airport and land
Have you seen that movie Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson? Well, as the title says, there was a snake on the EgyptAir flight in 2012. A cobra slithered its way out of a carry-on bag and decided to see the passengers. Although EgyptAir’s plane had just one unwelcome reptile on board instead of the dozens that actor Samuel L. Jackson had to contend with, the cobra caused an emergency landing after it bit its owner—a Jordanian man who had smuggled the serpent in his hand luggage, and started wriggling its way under the seats. Just imagine that horror. The aircraft, which was transporting 90 passengers from Cairo to Kuwait, made an abrupt landing at the airport of a Red Sea resort. The flight resumed after authorities ejected the passenger and his contraband reptile. The snake’s 48-year-old handler, Akram Adbul Latif, owns a reptile store in Kuwait and refused emergency medical treatment for his wound, insisting the bite was superficial.