Top travel meltdowns caught on tape

Airports and travel tend to push people to the emotional edge when things don’t go as planned. We’ve seen quite a few meltdowns in our day due to alcohol (common), sleep deprivation, bad judgement or just plain frustration. We’ve compiled a list of the most shocking or amusing travel meltdown videos we’ve seen in awhile.


Earlier this week, Yan Linkun, a Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee member and vice chairman of the Guangdong Yunnan Mining Company, and his family missed not only one, but two flights on the same day. When attempting to board their second rescheduled flight, they were denied as boarding had been closed. What transpired afterwards can only be described as the classic boarding denial meltdown. Every epic bit of this tirade was captured on CCTV cameras, which went viral in China, causing Yan to be temporarily suspended from his job at the mining company.


In 2009, a Chinese woman in Hong Kong missed boarding her Cathay Pacific flight to San Francisco by minutes causing her to unleash a meltdown worthy of a soap opera. The woman’s identity was never revealed, but she did later come forward anonymously and said that reaction to the video had caused her much embarrassment.


In January of this year, a man was restrained by Icelandair crew and passengers after he accosted nearby passengers screaming that the plane was going to crash. With some duct tape and plastic ties, the man was strapped to his seat for the remainder of the journey to New York. It was later revealed that 46-year-old Gudmundur Karl Arthorsson had downed a fifth of spirits he had purchased from the duty-free shop inside the airport. No charges were filed.


A perfect example of when a meltdown is not fun is when it’s the pilot who is the one going mental. In March of 2012, Capt. Clayton Frederick Osbon left the cockpit of JetBlue Flight 191 whilst going on about terrorists, al-Qaeda and other such ramblings. The co-pilot managed to lock Capt. Osbon out of the cockpit and then quickly change the access code, but that didn’t stop a melee from occurring within the passenger area. After passengers and crew subdued Osbon, the flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas with Osbon being immediately transported to hospital. Later, the outburst was blamed on “sleep deprivation” which fueled a temporary psychotic outburst. Scary!


We don’t know who this lady is or what her deal is, but we like her. We wouldn’t exactly consider this a meltdown, but we hope she is dancing because she got a really great deal on stand-by ticket or an extra packet of peanuts.

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