An American Airlines flight from Miami was forced to return to the gate after two unruly, intoxicated passengers cursed out a flight attendant when told to wear masks.
Drunk Passengers Act Stupid: Just Another American Airlines Flight From Miami
The incident occurred onboard AA322 from Miami (MIA) to Newark (EWR) on November 9th. After pushing back on-time, the flight was delayed 48 hours after a pair of allegedly drunk passengers refused to keep their masks on.
AA flight 0322 from Miami to Newark. Delayed an hour and returned to gate due to two drunk unruly passengers on flight making a ruckus. Cursing at flight attendant about mask reminders.
“Stop telling me to wear mask or I’ll slap the shit out of you!” to female flight attendant. pic.twitter.com/lqbnYdo7AZ
— Lol (@Shiurklali) November 10, 2021
Hilariously, when approached by a member of ground staff, one passenger feigns innocence…”Who me?” (as if he did not know that he did anything wrong).
Flight attendants put up with a lot, though it seems that American Airlines flight attendants on flights to or from Miami are especially impacted by a disproportionate number of unruly passengers.
As always, only an idiot would think that he could curse out a flight attendant and it would simply be ignored (on American Airlines at least…). The idea that you are above the rules and can ignore them is a recipe for disaster when stepping onto an airplane.
Some will use this incident to call for a continued ban on alcohol. I don’t take that position. Arguably, this guy got drunk at the airport precisely because American Airlines is not offering portion-controlled servings of alcohol onboard. The lack of sales onboard encourages people to liquor up at the airport or bring illicit bottles onboard. What else could explain why the number of unruly passenger incidents are so much less on Delta and United, which sell alcohol in economy class on most flights?
Even while chuckling at the stupidity of these passengers, I shake my head – such rude behavior ended up delaying everyone into Newark. These passengers should receive a very hefty fine plus obligatory community service, perhaps the only thing that will teach them to be nice next time they fly.
(image: @Shiurklali / Twitter [I wonder if that was really Coca-Cola in the cup?] // H/T: View From The Wing)