In many ways, air travel is a more casual affair than it was in earlier decades, when people used to treat flying like going to the opera. But along with the increase in cheap fares has come increasing incidents of bad behavior getting people kicked off planes.
You know not to bring liquids through TSA security and to have your ID ready, but you might want to read up on some of the things that have resulted in passengers being removed from the aircraft and even arrested.
1. You are dressed provocatively. So what exactly does provocative mean? Well, wearing something too tight or revealing (as Kyla Ebbert was when she was almost booted from a Southwest flight in 2007,) too political (such as a T-shirt with profanity or a bold political opinion printed on it,) or too loose. Yes, that is right: loose. On June 15, 2011, 20-year-old Deshon Marman was removed from a US Airways flight for wearing low-slung pants that exposed his boxer shorts. (Inexplicably, US Airways had previously allowed a man wearing little more than women’s undergarments to fly from Fort Lauderdale to Phoenix on June 9, despite complaints from other passengers.)
2. You use profanity. Robert Sayegh of Brooklyn was kicked off a Delta flight June 12, 2011, for dropping a couple of f-bombs in a conversation with a fellow passenger. He was escorted off the plane at Detroit Metro Airport by police. Though Sayegh admitted to being hung over, he attributed his colorful speech patterns to being a Brooklynite.
3. Your personal hygiene is substandard. In February 2010, Air Canada removed a man from a plane for excessively foul body odor, and British Airways removed a German man from a flight originating in the U.S. because of complaints about his personal smell.
4. You refuse to stop texting. Actor Josh Duhamel was removed from a New York-to-Kentucky flight in December 2010 when he would not turn off his BlackBerry after being asked to do so by flight attendants three separate times.
5. Your toddler is too talkative. In 2007, 19-month-old Garren Penland and his mother were removed from a Continental flight after a flight attendant complained that the toddler was talking too much during the safety speech. Continuing the traveling-with-babies theme, Emily Gilette was removed from a Delta flight in 2006 for not covering her baby’s head (and the breast, presumably) while she was breastfeeding. While all airlines allow breastfeeding during a flight, many ask that it be done as discreetly as possible.
6. You are intoxicated. While obviously drunk and disorderly passengers are routinely kicked off flights, sometimes passengers who only appear inebriated (but are ‘unruly’) are escorted off, too, as was the entire Russian Junior Hockey team in Buffalo last January.
7. You are too large. A 6-foot-9 man was removed from a Horizon Air flight in March after he was unable to secure a bulkhead seat with enough legroom to accommodate his long limbs. Also, Clerks director Kevin Smith was removed from a Southwest flight in February 2010 when he was unable to purchase two seats to accommodate his girth on a standby flight from Oakland to Burbank. Many airlines require passengers who are too large for a seatbelt extender to purchase two seats.