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Two Unruly Passengers Removed From Aircraft in Florida – Delaying Flight Bound for Atlanta

Toby Hazlewood

Female passenger was "cursing like a sailor"

On February 1, two passengers were removed from Delta Flight 1582 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport. The couple - a man and a woman had been drunkenly arguing with crew aboard the plane for almost an hour and a half before it had even left the ground.

Footage of the incident was captured by another passenger on the flight, who shared her frustration at the delays caused by the couple.

The woman in particular seemed to be intoxicated and almost incoherent, but she still managed to make repeated abusive gestures and curse at the airline's crew.

"Cursing like a sailor"

The situation was extremely frustrating for the other passengers and the crew. According to Brianna Morfesi who was sat a few rows away and whose film of the incident has been shared widely online, the language used by the passenger was also pretty horrible:

"She was just yelling, just in general, everything she was saying, she was screaming, she was cursing like a sailor. If you go to a bar and there’s a drunk person, she was that person on the plane."

All were relieved when the passengers were removed from the plane and it was able to depart.

A significant increase in unruly passenger incidents in 2021

In 2021 there was a sharp increase in the number of incidents involving disruptive, violent and aggressive behavior from certain passengers aboard flights in the USA.

The aviation industry is well on the way to recovering, in terms of passenger volumes at least, but with that increase in travelers, the number of passenger incidents is still disproportionately high.

Forbes magazine reported last year, that to the end of May in excess of 2,500 such incidents had been recorded. Of these, 394 had been categorized as “unruly” compared with well under 200 such incidents for each full year of 2019 and 2020 - almost double the number of unruly incidents in less than half the time. It certainly seems to indicate a problem.

In one of the more extreme examples, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant lost two teeth and suffered facial injuries after being assaulted by a passenger on-board a flight from Sacramento to San Diego.

Have you ever experienced disruptive passengers aboard a flight? Do you think drunken passengers should even be allowed to board a flight? Let me know in the comments section below.

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