The Time We Sat in Front of a Deportee on a Plane and Got Upgraded

Yeah… that time.

I had a gut feeling there was something off when the Bob Geldof lookalike was escorted onto the plane by two security guards. My stomach dropped further when I realized David and I were seated right in front of him. Not ideal to say the least.


At the beginning of the flight it wasn’t so bad. I mean, he was obnoxious, but not awful. The flight attendant sat down at the beginning of the flight and warned him he wouldn’t be served liquor – yet another sign something was up.

He would sleep for a minute at a time then wake up and yell across the aisle at the flight attendant. “Oi, Bill, where are we? Is it Reykjavik?” Um… no, we’ve been in the air for 30 minutes. It’s Saskatchewan dude.

As the flight continued he became more obnoxious and more inebriated. My favourite moment was when he stood up from his seats, was more or less standing next to us with a bottle of Grey Goose in hand, half empty. He kept making comments about being a “nasty man” or asking if our flight attendant was on Facebook. Then he made the comments you should never make on airplanes. The four letter B word. THAT was fun.

When he finally leant over our headrests and got in our face to ask about our t.v.’s, I was done. Turns out the crew were already on it, and that is the story of how David and I got upgraded to Club seats. Hello five hours of beautiful sleep and extra leg room.

Thank you Mr. Deportee, whoever you are. Thanks to you overstaying your welcome in Canada, we got to fly in style.

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5 Responses to The Time We Sat in Front of a Deportee on a Plane and Got Upgraded

  1. Dee October 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    If you’re going to have an annoying seat neighbour, it’s better to have one who’s so off-the-charts that you get upgraded. 🙂

  2. Sharon smith October 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    This must of been terrifying for you both and the rest of the passengers.

    • admin October 30, 2014 at 6:24 am #

      Not too bad! It was more irritating and awkward than terrifying, but in the end the upgrade was worth it! Shallow person that I am.

  3. BilL Scott October 29, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    what a story – your trip is off to a memorable start – ENJOY

  4. Sharon smith October 31, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Well thank goodness you are both in Bangkok now, hopefully a better flight there. Enjoy all the sightseeing and take in a few markets if you have time. Never been to Chang Mae looking forward to info about what it’s like.

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