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Weird World News: Indecent in-flight behavior

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PHUKET: Travel by airplane can be tough. Long lines, endless security checks and jet lag can be enough to turn the best of us into agitated, less-tolerant versions of ourselves.

But for the most part, we hold our nerve while scoffing down a few prescription pills, sink into our seats and sleep.

There are those who don’t want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. There are passengers who thrive on making your flight one to remember for all the wrong reasons.

Here is our list of top five airline blunders and rude behavior by bungling passengers who didn’t want to make friends in flight.

Pull your pants up (trousers for the Brits)

GREEN DAY lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was kicked off a flight earlier this month for wearing pants that sagged too low.

The singer, 39, had just boarded a Southwest flight from Oakland to Los Angeles when the incident happened.

Reports said a stewardess was upset that Joel’s pants were sagging around his backside revealing his underwear.

She asked him to leave the plane. He did. After the airline realized who he was, they gave him a seat on the next flight. Soon after, the airline issued an official apology.

To pee, or not to pee

FRENCH actor Gerard Depardieu made headlines last month for urinating on the floor of an airplane.

A fellow passenger on the Dublin-Paris flight told the British press the “inebriated” film star announced, “I need to piss, I need to piss”, as the aircraft was preparing for takeoff.

After being told by cabin crew to sit down, Depardieu peed on the floor, reports said.

The actor was escorted off the aircraft and banned from City Jet for life.

Depardieu, 62, who has starred in more than 150 films and was once nominated for an Academy Award, didn’t win any new fans with his antics as the flight was delayed for two hours.

Arousal Airways

BEWARE of mid-air masturbators! A Florida man took matters into his own hands on a United Airlines Spokane-Denver flight in May this year.

Kyle Pearce, 25, masturbated to the point of ejaculation while shocked witnesses gawked in disbelief just meters away in seats opposite and behind him.

One stunned onlooker even hit the mid-air masturbator on the arm with a book, causing him to stop what he was doing and flee to the bathroom.

CB S reported that the man was arrested by the FBI when he arrived at Denver. He was later charged with “making an obscene and indecent exposure of his person”.

Flight attendant has enough, quits in stunning style

THIS might be one of the most dramatic exits from an aircraft of all time.

Last year, Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater, 38, reportedly swore at an entire aircraft full of passengers before grabbing a beer, flinging open the emergency exit, deploying the emergency chute and sliding off to freedom.

As the Pitsburgh-New York flight was taxiing to a gate at John F Kennedy International Airport, Slater tried to help a woman who was struggling to unload her luggage, even though she should have still been seated.

An argument broke out between the two and Slater claimed the woman hit him with her luggage.

That’s when Slater snapped.

Reports claim he charged to the intercom and delivered an expletive speech in which he also thanked all the polite and respectful passengers he had dealt with over his 20-year career.

He then grabbed his beer and his bag and plunged down the emergency exit chute, got in his car and drove off.

Slater was jailed and later had to post US$2,500 for bail.

ABC News quoted Slater’s lawyer as saying: “This is an example of how airline civility is missing…people just don’t have any courtesy anymore”.

Toilet politics – know your place

IF YOU fly economy class, expect a stinky potty in the rear of the plane. Don’t think for one minute that you can use the business class hong nam to do your business – unless you want to end up like the following passenger who aimed above his class.

Yes, a man arrested and faced charges of assault after he made a mad dash for the business class bathroom on a Delta flight to Atlanta in 2009.

The man, who was reportedly busting to go and frustrated that the economy class bathroom was blocked by a trolley, pleaded to do his business in business class.

After being told “no” by the crew, he made his move and ran to business class only to be blocked by a flight attendant. After a scuffle, the man skulked off back to economy where he remained for the rest of the flight.

He was met at his final destination by police officers and was carted off to jail for two nights where he no doubt relieved himself in prison.

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Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.

The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.

The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.

This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.

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China is the least believing country in the world but belief in a God gets 100 per cent mention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines, according to the survey by Gallup International.

According to the survey exploring religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world, 62 per cent of people in the world define themselves as religious, 74% of people globally believe we have a ‘soul’ and 71% believe in a God. Another 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.

China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in any religion. Every seven out ten people are atheists, more than double than any other country. 23% consider themselves as non-religious. Less than 10% identify themselves as religious in China.

China’s atheist percentage is followed by Japan, a long way behind in second place at 29%, Slovenia (28%) and Chech Republic (25%). Despite rapid industrialisation and urbanisation religion has stayed relevant in the South Korean region with only 23% identifying as atheist.

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European countries like Belgium (21 %), France (21%) , Sweden (18%) and Iceland (17%) also have a large percentage of believing population.

Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines are the most believing countries with entire population claiming to believe in God, soul, hell and heaven. Thailand and Pakistan have 99% believing population, followed by India, Vietnam and Mongolia.

The survey shows that the levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with higher incomes. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.

According to the survey there is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics like age, income and education level. As education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to go down. Also, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.

The level of education has a considerable influence on the perception of religion by the society. Women and young children show higher percentage for spiritual forces.

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