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Old 12-30-05, 09:47 AM
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Airbus pilot maroons drunken passenger on desert island

Best story ever!!

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A drunken holidaymaker has been dumped on a desert island after launching a foul-mouthed tirade at the crew of a passenger jet.

The unwilling Robinson Crusoe will only be able to leave Porto Santo, a tiny patch of land off the North African coast, if he books a two-and-a-half hour ferry trip to Madeira. He will then have to book a flight to his intended destination, Tenerife, or return to Britain.



Monarch Airlines has yet to decide whether to sue him for the cost of the unscheduled diversion, estimated at "many thousands of pounds".

The unnamed passenger's difficulties began on Tuesday evening at 35,000 ft when he began abusing the cabin crew of flight ZB558 from Manchester. He refused to calm down and then turned his attention to the other 210 passengers.

Eventually the pilot decided that he posed a risk to safety and had to be removed.

Rather than continue for a further 45 minutes to Tenerife he diverted his Airbus A321 to Porto Santo. Within moments of the plane touching down the passenger was escorted to the terminal. Last night he remained a castaway on the Portuguese-controlled island. His New Year home is a mere 10 miles long by three miles wide with a population of 4,000. There is little entertainment apart from walking on the sand dunes.

Porto Santo's only cultural claim to fame is to have been the place where Christopher Columbus met his wife, the then governor's daughter.

Jo Robertson, of Monarch, refused to name the drunken passenger. She said that he was asked to sign a form admitting his disruptive behaviour, but had refused.

Despite enduring a four-hour delay, other passengers were "fully supportive" of the decision to dump the man.

Last night it was unclear either how or when he would return to Britain.

"He certainly won't be flying back with us," said Miss Robertson.
Old 12-30-05, 09:53 AM
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To be honest I wish airlines could fine drunkards. Not nice to smell vomit when you have to fly several hours. Not even talking about the abusive behavior.
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That is awesome.
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They landed to get rid of him?

Why not just throw him out through the door

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I think by definition if an island has an airport it isn't a desert island
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
I think by definition if an island has an airport it isn't a desert island
and a population of 4000. Just that many more people to drunkenly abuse
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
Old 12-31-05, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon
Why not just throw him out through the door
Yeah! Tuck and roll, asshat!


Good one Bronkster.
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Originally Posted by General Zod
he was asked to sign a form admitting his disruptive behaviour, but had refused.

Do belligerent drunks ever sign these things?
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Maybe all 4,000 people on the island are obnoxious drunks and the airlines have been dropping them off there for years and this is the first we have heard about it.

... you never know!
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
I think by definition if an island has an airport it isn't a desert island
Main Entry: 1des·ert
Pronunciation: 'de-z&rt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin desertum, from Latin, neuter of desertus, past participle of deserere to desert, from de- + serere to join together -- more at SERIES
1 a : arid land with usually sparse vegetation; especially : such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
Main Entry: 1des·ert
Pronunciation: 'de-z&rt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin desertum, from Latin, neuter of desertus, past participle of deserere to desert, from de- + serere to join together -- more at SERIES
1 a : arid land with usually sparse vegetation; especially : such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually
Interesting, the definition I learned in my geology classes was that a desert was defined as receiving less than 3 centimeters of rainfall per year.

And I agree, people are confusing desert with deserted, they are two completely different things.
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dessert!
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I seem to remember hearing a song about a three hour tour that had a reference to a desert isle, but it did seem to have quite a population (including The Harlem Globetrotters.)
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so I was in a hurry and forgot the ed
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Originally Posted by FiveO
Maybe all 4,000 people on the island are obnoxious drunks and the airlines have been dropping them off there for years and this is the first we have heard about it.

... you never know!
It would be like Manhattan in Escape from NY, but it would be full of drunks. Fantastic movie idea, and a great social experiment.
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Originally Posted by Bronkster

Revenge is a dish best served cold.
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Originally Posted by Sdallnct
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
An Old Klingon Proverb?
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
Originally Posted by Sdallnct
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
and it is very, very cold in Porto Santo
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Actually, the article is a trifle misleading. Cursory Googling reveals:
*Port Santo has air service to Madeira, 4 flights a day, takes 15 minutes
*It has 8 km (5 miles) of superb beaches
*It has 4 star luxury hotels
* It is billed as a vacation paradise and is a popular destination with Europeans
*It has very pleasant, moderate temperatures, but is dry.

So, is the news media incapable of fact checking or do they set out to deceive us? (moving to the Political Forum )
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
You, I don't know you. But you...I never forget a face, Mr...Pilot Man.
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Originally Posted by OldDude
Actually, the article is a trifle misleading. Cursory Googling reveals:
*Port Santo has air service to Madeira, 4 flights a day, takes 15 minutes
*It has 8 km (5 miles) of superb beaches
*It has 4 star luxury hotels
* It is billed as a vacation paradise and is a popular destination with Europeans
*It has very pleasant, moderate temperatures, but is dry.

So, is the news media incapable of fact checking or do they set out to deceive us? (moving to the Political Forum )

Well, telling "the rest of the story" would have taken all of the excitement out of the story.
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Originally Posted by OldDude
...*It has very pleasant, moderate temperatures, but is dry.
So yes, he was dropped off at a desert isle.

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