Getting lost, navigating language barriers, and spending too much of a foreign currency are part of the experience of being a tourist. But making a major mistake while flying can have consequences for everyone on board.
First-time flyers, superstitious travelers, and passengers who have simply reached the end of their rope have caused everything from flight delays to cancellations.
Here are 9 times that tourists have reportedly caused trouble before they even landed at their destinations.
A video appears to show a woman slapping a gate agent at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport when she missed her flight.
According to the report, the passenger in question arrived at the airport for her flight to Paris 14 minutes after the gate had closed. When she was told that she had arrived too late, the woman allegedly hit the gate agent in the face three times.
The South China Morning Post reported that the woman was a 36-year-old PhD student in Wuhan that was on her way to an “important conference.”
She was detained for 10 days, according to The Daily Mail.
A 76-year-old woman allegedly threw coins into the engine of a Lucky Air flight for good luck.
Channel News Asia reported that a Lucky Air flight was held overnight after a 76-year-old woman threw coins into the engine of the plane for good luck.
The flight was supposed to fly from Anqing to Kunming in southwestern China on October 19, 2017, but when passengers noticed the woman tossing coins into the plane’s engine, they alerted crew members onboard. Crew members on the ground then found coins on the tarmac next to the plane, and the flight was rescheduled for the next day due to safety precautions.
The woman was taken into custody. It was unclear if she would face charges, but an 80-year-old woman who did the same thing in 2016 was let off the hook due to her age.
An AirAsia flight to China returned to Bangkok when a woman reportedly threw scalding hot instant noodles in a flight attendant’s face.
According to a statement provided to Reuters, an AirAsia flight had to turn around and head back to Bangkok when a passenger allegedly scalded a flight attendant with instant noodles.
The dispute reportedly started when a woman and her boyfriend realized they were seated separately. The Washington Post reported that they were traveling with a large group and the seats had been arranged in alphabetical order. Crew members eventually found them seats together. But when the woman asked for hot water for instant noodles she’d purchased on the plane, she allegedly threw them at a flight attendant’s face.
The flight attendant received first aid while the plane changed course. Upon arriving back in Bangkok, the woman and three other people were escorted off the plane by police, but reached an “amicable conclusion” without criminal charges.