Friday, August 29, 2014

AOTW: Planes Breed Assholes

Welcome back to The Asshole of The Week.  The feature where every Friday we highlight one (or more) persons, places, or things that are the absolute worst.  This week we take to the skies, where assholes reign!

Flying, the collectively understood mode of transportation that is understood by all to suck ass.  Everybody "gets it."  There's long waiting times for everything, no room, no amenities, rude people, pretty much everything that you could put on a list entitled "Things That Make Me Cringe."

Complaining about flying and being upset about flying are two things that both sit high on another set of lists as well.  The "Nobody Gives A Fuck About Your Complaining" list.  So naturally, when two people tried in the worst way to wrench back some freedom from the endless drain that is flying, they both became this week's assholes.

That's right, The war between recliners and legroomers is escalating—for the second time this week, a commercial flight was forced to make an emergency landing when two passengers started to fight over the use of reclining seats.
  Thereby not only hurting themselves, but relegating an entire plane's worth of human beings, to extend their time in the zone of the flight.

The latest dispute began on an American Airlines flight Wednesday, when a woman apparently reclined her seat in front of Edmund Alexandre, a 61-year-old French man with a passion for personal space.  Did cooler tempers prevail though?  Did one or both of the two realize that the other was a human being, and that fighting over reclining a seat only serves to make your life so much more needlessly hard?  This is The Asshole of The Week here people, of course not! 

Why else would we be here? Right?

When Alexandre was unable to compel her to righten her seat, things reportedly escalated.


The entire Miami-to-Paris flight was forced as a consequence to re-route to Boston when the "disagreement" escalated to the point where two undercover Air Marshals were compelled to step in.

As reported in the Guardian:
Alexandre, who is from Paris, continued to be disruptive when a flight crew member attempted to calm him, following the crewman down the aisle and grabbing his arm, authorities said. Two undercover federal air marshals on the flight then subdued Alexandre and handcuffed him, the US attorney's office said.

Alexandre, who doesn't like to think about the consequences of his actions, will now have ease sleeping at night knowing he was on the right side of history.  Although, due to his charges for interfering with a flight crew, he may be doing that sleeping in jail for the next 20 years.

Understanding that flying sucks is a given, almost everyone feels a need to complain about it.  Most of the time complaining while they simultaneously acknowledge that the complainee could not care less for their complaints.  This is a sad reality of modern life.  However, being a total dick whilst flying and thus making everyone trapped in the plane with you that much more miserable, that is how you own your Asshole status.

Congratulations Mr. Alexandre and unnamed shitbag woman instigator, you have more than earned your Asshole of The Week.  Fuck you very much.


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