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This Passenger’s Flight Was Horribly Delayed. His Reaction Was Horribly Extreme

Flight delays aren’t always the airline’s fault. In this case, as video shows, a passenger just couldn’t take it.

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BY Chris Matyszczyk - 19 Nov 2018

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.


Last Friday, I was sitting on a plane when the pilot announced there'd be a delay.

I unfastened my safety-belt, stood up and screamed: "Why are there always delays when I don't want them? The system must be overthrown!"

Then I strode down the aisle, demanding to speak to the captain, so that I could offer him my explicit views.

I jest, of course.

In fact, I emitted a barely perceptible groan and went back to reading my Eric Ambler novel.

This wasn't the course, however, taken by another passenger.

His flight, you see, was delayed last Thursday and then canceled.

He was trying to fly from Islamabad to Gilgit with Pakistan International Airlines.

Yet the weather gods weren't going to cooperate.

As reported, some passengers began to offer chants against the airline.

One of them, however, decided to burn his luggage.

He was meticulous about the process.

More meticulous, some might say, than the operations of Pakistan International Airlines on occasion.

Why, this is the airline that, earlier this year, accommodated 7 additional passengers by making them stand in the aisles.

I suspect, therefore, that the somewhat sullied reputation of the airline may have contributed to the severity of the protests.

Some might admire the passenger's determination. When an official came over with a fire extinguisher, he kicked out at the man's extinguisher as if he saw him as an extinguisher of free speech.

I confess I have little admiration, however, for the man's method of protest.

Why hurt yourself more when you believe you've been hurt by others?

Your clothes might be valuable, precious even. You might also be stuck at the airport for days, so will need them.

Indeed, the airline says it put the passengers up in a hotel and laid on a special flight for them on Friday.

Some might think this level of passenger inflammation is a good reminder for airlines that passengers have feelings. Sometimes, strong ones.

They might occasionally express them in an imperfect manner. They might even choose to create a bonfire of their own clothes in the hope of being heard.

This passenger, though, seemed to take things a touch far.

Why, here's another video in which he appears to shove an airline official.

That is surely a red-card offense.

PIA, however, appears to be offering a magnanimous spirit. Its spokesman offered these soothing words:

PIA has opted to forgive and forget the incident that happened at Islamabad International Airport on November 15.

Now isn't that a fine way to douse the flames?

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