A United Airlines flight from Newark to Tel Aviv diverted after a pair of poachers tried to sneak into business class. When busted, instead of hanging their heads down and returning to their seat, they rioted, prompting the return to Newark. The result? A cancelled flight which inconvenienced hundreds of people.
United Airlines Flight Diverts After “Riot” From Business Class Poachers
The incident occurred Thursday evening, January 20, 2022, on UA90 from Newark (EWR) To Tel Aviv (TLV) aboard a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
When asked to return to their seats, the self-upgraders refused and the decision was made as the flight entered Newfoundland to return to Newark. According to a witness onboard, the passers “rioted” when asked to return to their seat, pointing out that there were plenty of open seats in the cabin.
One Mile At A Time wonders why everyone onboard had to be inconvenienced for two idiots, but it makes sense to me:
- You really think Israel is going to want to deal with self-upgraders?
- More importantly, if these passengers were belligerent and began to “riot” when admonished to return to their assigned seats, then diverting makes a whole of lot sense precisely because their behavior was so erratic and unpredictable (it’s not like the FAs could just knock them out).
But while the diversion was unarguably unfortunate, especially after the flight cancelled, these thugs now face a U.S. justice system and hopefully a huge lawsuit from United.
Think about the cost of this diversion. The fuel. The crew time. Hotels and meal vouchers for passengers. It seems to me that a diversion of this nature would run into the six digits.
If United (or any airline) want this sort of behavior to stop, it must prosecute the passengers. Who knows, maybe the guys are broke, which is why they self-upgraded and will simply declare bankruptcy once United wins a judgment against them…but United should, by principle, prosecute this case.
And beyond the civil penalties plus compensation and restitution for United, these passengers should be put into a labor camp to build American roads or bridges. 16 hours per day. Seven days per week…
(I’m not even joking)
What a mess. What an avoidable mess.
United Airlines cannot be faulted for protecting the integrity of its business class cabin. It doesn’t matter that the plane was mostly empty: stay in your assigned seat unless you have permission to do otherwise.
These selfish, entitled idiots should face extreme civil and criminal penalties for their act, as part of our solemn duty to pursue justice and uphold order.
And if you ever think self-upgrading is a smart idea, think again…let this story be a warning to you. Even if you can get away with it, it is not worth the risk.