A United Airlines flight returned to London after a boisterous woman cursed at her seat-back entertainment then attacked flight attendants.
Michelle Vanbuskirk certainly had a bad day on a flight from London to Washington on September 25th.
The woman, who lives in north London, allegedly became so intoxicated that she began swearing at her in-flight seat-back screen. From there, reports claim that an hour into the flight, Vanbuskirk began making a scene and was escorted to the back of the plane, where she seemingly attacked two flight attendants.
The flight was forced to turn back to Heathrow airport shortly after the altercation, and Vanbuskirk was arrested by police officers upon landing.
I’m just picturing the drunk pirate talking to his pigs on Pirates of the Caribbean.
Let’s talk about costs. The fuel cost to takeoff and return to London was over $5,000. Fuel had to be dumped because the aircraft was unable to land with a full tank. Many passengers missed connections. The crew timed out, meaning they could not legally work on the now-delayed flight due to maximum work hour rules. Thus, a new crew had to be located.
Vanbuskirk is facing charges for being drunk on an aircraft, two counts of assaulting cabin crew by beating and a public disorder offense…A fifth charge – intentionally interfering with the performing of a member of air crew – was withdrawn.
A few months ago I wrote about how the United Kingdom is cracking down on drunk passengers who cause disruptions on airplanes. This is a wonderful test case. While I do not take any pleasure in judging Vanbuskirk or her motives, if she or passengers like her are not forced to pay for all expenses incurred as a result of their poor choices, nothing will ever change. I hope she receives a huge bill from United…and even from passengers who missed their connections.
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(H/T: View from the Wing)