The 17 most shocking airline stories of 2018
- 2018 was a busy year for the aviation industry, with nearly four billion people from around the world estimated to have used airplanes to travel.
- While the vast majority of worldwide flights departed and landed without incident, several surprising stories featuring bad behavior by either passengers or crew members made headlines.
- Here were some of the most shocking airline stories of 2018.
It was a busy year for the aviation industry, with nearly four billion people from around the world estimated to have used airplanes to travel. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that 43,000 flights are operated into and out of the United States each day.While the vast majority of worldwide flights departed and landed without incident, there were several times when shocking stories made headlines for the airline industry. Advertisement
Perhaps no aviation incident gathered more headlines in 2018 than the engine explosion onboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which led to the death of Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two from New Mexico.
Read more: These are the 15 best airports in AmericaBut other airline stories made headlines this year for other, less tragic reasons. They include the Delta Air Lines passenger who stepped in the leftover feces of an emotional support dog, the United Airlines flight attendant who was said to be "drunk and disorderly" while onboard the plane, the monkey who escaped an American Airlines flight at San Antonio International Airport, the man who hopped the fence at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto the tarmac in his underwear, and, of course, the emotional-support squirrel.
Here were some of the most shocking airline stories of 2018:
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An American Airlines passenger reportedly had to be duct-taped and zip-tied after allegedly biting and kicking flight attendants (February)Advertisement
A puppy reportedly died in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight (March)
A one-year-old child flying on American Airlines was reportedly struck in the head after part of the plane's ceiling collapsed (April)Advertisement
A Southwest Airlines engine exploded in midair and led to one death (April)
A worker fatally stabbed a coworker at Philadelphia International Airport (May)Advertisement
United Airlines compensated passengers after a "drunk and disorderly" flight attendant reportedly made erratic boarding announcements (May)
A monkey escaped his baggage on an American Airlines flight in San Antonio (May)Advertisement
A man in his underwear reportedly ran onto the tarmac at Atlanta's airport, jumped onto the wing of a Delta plane, and pounded on the windows while yelling at passengers inside (June)
An American woman was dragged off a Korean Air flight after she commandeered a business class seat (July)Advertisement
A man was arrested after he jumped the fence at LAX and started doing push-ups on the runway (August)
An Emirates Airbus A380 was quarantined at JFK Airport after 100 passengers became ill (September)Advertisement
Passengers on a Jet Airways flight ended up with bloody ears and noses after pilots forgot to pressurize the plane (September)
A woman was reportedly kicked off a plane for bringing an emotional-support squirrel onboard (October)Advertisement
A Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia shortly after takeoff (October)
A passenger stepped in dog feces on a Delta Air Lines flight and the crew reportedly did not assist him in cleaning it up (November)Advertisement
An Air India pilot was reportedly fired by the airline after twice failing a breathalyzer test an hour before he was scheduled to pilot a plane (November)
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