Not long after a passenger was banned by British Airways for walking around inflight, a United flight turned around to have a passenger arrested for refusing to stop doing yoga.
During Saturday’s United flight 903 from Honolulu to Tokyo Narita,
Hyongtae Pae was yelling at crew members and shoving his wife.. Pae told the FBI he didn’t want to sit in his seat during the meal service, so he went to the back of the plane to do yoga and meditate. He became angry when his wife and flight attendants told him to return to his seat. “Pae pushed his wife because she was trying to make him stop,” the complaint said. “He felt that she was siding with the flight crew.”
He tried to head-butt and bite Marines who were passengers on the flight and tried to force him back to his seat… he threatened to kill passengers and was yelling that there is no god.
Here’s his removal from the aircraft:
The man was in Hawaii celebrating his 40th anniversary. He took up yoga to help with anxiety, so I guess the lesson is you really don’t want to interfere with this guy’s yoga because he really needs it (indeed, if passengers can have emotional support animals, maybe doctors should write notes that their patients need yoga).
In any case inflight yoga has gotten coverage in the New York Times and indeed there are poses you can apparently do even in the smallest lavatories. Perhaps the lesson is that’s where you should do your yoga so as not to raise concerns. Or else only do yoga on Southwest Airlines:
Mr. Pae claims he hadn’t slept in 11 days, so he may not have been thinking that strategically. Although it’s unclear lack of sleep is the reason that he “urinated on himself and was on suicide watch at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.” He’s not being allowed to return to his home in Korea because that would mean getting on another plane.
(HT: Heels First Travel)