Going to the airport can be a stressful experience, especially if it is the first time you get on a plane. There are a lot of things you have to pack, taking care not to forget any important documents, all while making sure you can fit everything you need in the bag allowance you have. However, there is something about getting to the airport and having to go through security that can be unnerving, even knowing that you have nothing to hide!
Let’s face it, most of us aren’t trying to smuggle anything, but we still get nervous at security checks. The last thing any of us need is to know that we can be kicked off the plane after going through all of that! Yes, you read that right. You can be barred from flying with certain airlines due to what you do or how you act. There are tens of stories that either make the news or are shared by bystanders who saw the whole interaction, or they are friends who retell what the original person went through.
Truth be told, it is pretty hard to get yourself denied a flight for life in the United States. But it doesn’t mean it does not happen. Every airline has its own rules and codes of conduct, that each person agrees to when they buy their ticket: if they do not know them and get testy with the crew, they can be denied to fly with them. Generally, it is uncommon that a person gets blacklisted just from one airline, but it can happen.
Talking about getting kicked off a flight, is an entirely different can of worms. You can be kicked off a flight for things that you would think do not matter, but by buying a ticket you are agreeing that the authorized personnel (the flight attendants) gets to have broad latitude to deny any passenger transportation if they find them to be unruly or abusive. This can lead to newsworthy stories or just funny real ones that you find out from friends.
Here we have gathered some of the reasons for which you can be kicked off or barred from flying in the U.S. and the stories behind them! Let us know if you’ve thought of these before or if any of them are news to you!