There are a lot of annoying things about air travel, from bag fees to airport security and even the crowds at the gate. But possibly the worst is one engaged in by passengers – very, very few, to be sure – but it can cause huge headaches for everyone. It boils down to three little words: drinking too much.
Alleged Drunk Diverts Flight
So many examples, so little time, but here’s the latest: A Southern California man was arrested after his Aug. 30 JetBlue flight from Burbank to New York had to divert to Denver due to his allegedly drunken antics. Well perhaps ‘antics’ isn’t the right word. The 47 year old man allegedly groped one passenger and grabbed the head of another. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver, the man’s “assaultive behavior, and his failure to obey flight attendants” prompted the pilot to divert.
Curiously, the U.S. Attorney’s office reports that the man “smelled of alcohol and was loud when he boarded the flight”. Why was he allowed to board at all?
It’s Not Drinking, It’s Drinking Too Much
Thousands of passengers enjoy a drink during their flight, and the airlines have no problem with it – after all, they’re the ones selling those $7 miniatures and making money off them. One of the most lucrative drinking routes? Flights to Las Vegas. It’s not drinking alcohol per se – it’s drinking too much. Plus, some passengers make things worse by self-medicating with over-the-counter or even prescription drugs that are not to be taken with alcohol.
Consequences of Overindulging
Sometimes you can overindulge without the slightest consequence beyond possibly annoying your seatmate. But you could pay dearly.
- Your flight may be diverted causing lengthy delays
- You may get arrested
- You could do jail time
- You could be banned by the airline for future flights
- Your bad behavior may be splashed all over the internet and/or provide fodder for social media
The Drinking Rule
Don’t think problems with alcohol only occur on a plane. There are numerous examples of folks getting into trouble in the airport, too. As the old saying goes, “Moderation in all things”. Maybe it won’t work for every occasion but consider the adage ‘words to live by’ next time you board a plane.