There have been several articles in this space over the last few months discussing various in-flight upheavals involving both passengers and crew. Things don’t seem to be improving. Recently, a passenger on a JetBlue flight traveling from Anchorage, Alaska to Portland, Oregon shocked and disgusted the passengers and crew around him when he rose from a nap he was taking and proceeded to urinate on the travelers seated in front of him. Yes…you read that correctly.
Jeff Rubin, 27, had apparently been sleeping through most of the flight when he awakened about a half-hour before landing and started to urinate on the passengers in front of him, according to a police report. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Rubin apparently lost his balance somehow while he was in the act, and fell backwards, continuing the process of relieving himself throughout and making a bigger, even more disgusting mess…as hard as that might be to believe. When police boarded the flight in Portland, Rubin was back in his seat and sleeping. He has been charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of offensive littering, both misdemeanors (offensive littering?).
So, here we are again. Flying, which was once treated as the most special of events, for which travelers dressed in their best attire and strove to be on their best behavior, has devolved into something akin to riding a third-rate bus service; the passengers are behaving worse than ever, and, as we’ve seen from recent news reports, the crew isn’t always a whole lot better, either. Add into the mix the increased security hassles from TSA workers who’ve been caught short in their jobs plenty of times, and you end up with an experience increasingly worth avoiding, if you can find another way to get from Point A to Point B.