Top 5 Funniest Airplane Stories

As one of the largest suppliers of the value added steel used in aircrafts, we know a few things about the industry. The world of aviation can be a most peculiar place, as this list will show:

1) The Flight Attendant Who Quit His Job During A Flight Using The Emergency Slide


In August 2010, Steven Slater, a flight attendant of JetBlue airlines, got into an argument with a passenger during boarding at a Pittsburgh airport. He finally had had enough of his job, quit, and opened the emergency slide on the plane in order to leave. 

According to witness, he grabbed the intercom and said: “To the passenger who swore at me… I’ve been in the business 20 years. I’ve had it. That’s it.” Mr Slater then activated the emergency exit and slid down the inflatable slide onto the tarmac. He then boarded a train to the terminal, stripping off his tie and discarding it, to the astonishment of bemused onlookers. Slater was later arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.


2) The Man Who Got Creative To Make His Flight


A man who was late for his flight call in a bomb threat on the flight he was supposed to take. The delay caused by the search for the bomb grounded the plane long enough for him to get on. Meanwhile, police had traced the call to the cell phone and identified its owner, and pulled the culprit out of the aircraft. The man, who was charged and released, was allowed to board the plane, which departed about a half-hour late

3) The Airport That Lost Their Own Drugs


In Tokyo‘s Narita, a customs officer tried to test whether drug-sniffing dogs could find marijuana. He hid 1/3 of a pound of pot in an unknown mans luggage. The sniffer dogs were unable to find the marijuana, but neither could the customs officer. Customs officials say that it is against regulations to test their dogs by picking a random piece of luggage, as the luggage has to be marked. Customs officials were forced to ask the public to check there luggage for 1/3 of a pound of marijuana.

4) The Billionaire Owner Of An Airline Who Had To Serve As A Flight Attendant After Losing A Bet


Richard Branson had to put on a sexy red AirAsia, female, flight attendant uniform on May 1st 2011 for a 13-hour London – Kuala Lumpur flight after losing a bet with AirAsia’s owner Tony Fernandes. The two of them had gambled over whose F1 racing team would finish higher at the 2010 Formula 1 Grand Prix Branson was also supposed to shave his legs since Fernandes’ airline doesn’t allow “hairy stewardesses”, but he was allowed to keep his beard. He had to serve meals and drinks to Tony Fernandes and 250 other passengers.

5) The Passenger Who Lacked The Social Skills


Cleaners of the flight to the not as glamorous Springfield Missouri found this note – pictures speak louder than words here.

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Sources: Oddee, Flight Global, Flight Attendant Life

Siobhan R.// SMC Editor