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I saw this on MosNews and thought it was a joke.  Now the Trib's reporting it:

Chicago Tribune: Soap drinking, leg biting, handcuffs: Another wild flight on United

According to court documents, Rusanova was returning home to the United Kingdom after traveling to California to visit a man she had met over the Internet.
Fearful of flying, she had taken sleeping pills and consumed two or three bottles of red wine, according to a statement she made to FBI special agent James McCarty.

About three hours into the flight, a United flight attendant said she found Rusanova with her feet on her in-flight food tray, kicking the seat in front of her. Rusanova, who appeared to be very intoxicated, according to a court filing, requested more wine and then fell asleep when it was denied her.

A short time later, the same United crew member was told by passengers that Rusanova was incoherent and bothering fellow travelers. As she approached, she saw Rusanova "drink a bottle of liquid soap that she had apparently removed from the bathroom," according to the court document.

A melee ensued as flight attendants attempted to subdue Rusanova while moving her to a flight crew member's seat at the rear of the cabin, where she was eventually handcuffed. Rusanova allegedly threw punches and even tried to bite a flight attendant's leg, according to the filing.

Rusanova told McCarty that she remember little about the flight, aside from fighting with a flight attendant over seating and the quality of United's red wine.




"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:12:13 PM EST
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Repressed traits are the most easily revealed by alcohol. Here was a woman ready to fly - not for the first time - a long distance to realize some faint hope raised by a virtual chat conversation. It is desperation, and desperation denied often leads to violence.

It is indeed sad to behold that people can be so unhappy as to cling to such flimsy dreams. But that is the society we w*sterners have built for ourselves: somnambulism in front of the media for the poor in mind and spirit, or impossible dreams for the endowed. There are too few people who manage to navigate between these extremes - or so 'they' would have us believe.




You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:34:34 PM EST
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Eh.  I know of countless situations where people have met online and end up in prefectly decent relationships.  Even the internet hook-ups that don't end well normally don't end in someone drinking lav. soap and displaying rabid behavior.  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 06:20:27 PM EST
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Hence my photo post

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 06:31:03 PM EST
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We could actually look at this as a happy ending if we consider that most people with that kind of a load on tend to die from aspirating their own vomit.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 03:14:39 AM EST
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