It is reported that one of the passengers decided to sit in the crew seat while waiting to use the toilet, and refused to get up when the nearest flight attendant reprimanded him.
An argument ensued, and at some point the man was even warned that if he did not get up from the crew seat, the plane would return to Newark. According to the feelings of the witnesses, the man was completely sure that the flight attendants were bluffing, so he resisted and stood, that is, continued to sit on his own.
However, it quickly became clear that the crew did not shake the air with empty threats. About three hours into the flight, the Boeing 787–10 Dreamliner suddenly made a U-turn and headed back to Newark.
Aboard the giant airliner, many customers had no idea that some passenger had gotten into an argument with the flight attendants, and realized that the plane turned back only judging by the interactive map on the monitor.
After a six-hour flight to nowhere, the plane landed successfully, and the passengers saw the troublemaker being removed from the plane by United ground services.
< p>Then all the other passengers were dropped off the plane, taken to the airport terminal and put in line, offering to book a hotel for the night.
A United Airlines representative said that flight UA90 on April 22 was forced to return to Newark “due to restless passenger. The latter was taken away for interrogation by law enforcement officials, but there is information that he was never arrested.
Flights to Tel Aviv are considered difficult and “not for the faint of heart” among flight attendants. Passengers are often abrupt and even rude, do not listen or simply refuse to follow the instructions of the crew members.
At the same time, passengers often try to sit on special seats for the crew — either while waiting for the toilet, or because they want to “stretch their legs” because they are cramped in an economy class seat.
Although each airline has its own rules, crew seats must remain free at all times many reasons, including in the event of a sudden drop in pressure in the cabin.