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Diatribe: “I Will Always Love You” Unless You Won’t Stop Singing On An Airplane.


SingingAirplaneI don’t like Karaoke.  I never have and I never will.  It’s one of those things that seem to only happen to people who have been drinking.  It’s as if a few drinks magically turn each one of us into a country star, an opera diva or a teen idol.  Unfortunately, those same few drinks somehow change the function of these singers’ ears and they think they sound good.  If I can think of anything worse than karaoke in a crowded bar it would have to be karaoke on a crowded airplane.

Last Thursday, an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York City made an emergency landing to remove a woman who would not stop singing I Will Always Love You.

Shortly after the flight began, the woman’s solo performance quickly became too much for passengers and airplane staff.  The pilot was forced to change course halfway through the six hour flight to make an unscheduled stop at Kansas City where officer escorted the woman from the plane.

“The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew.  There was a federal air marshal on the aircraft that subdued the woman and put her in cuffs and removed her from the plane.” – Airport Spokesman Joe McBride

Remarkably, the woman continued to sing as she was handcuffed and taken from the airplane.  During her interview with local police, she allegedly claimed to be a diabetic in need of medication.  The cops released her without charges but the airline refused to allow her to board another flight.

It seems to me that the difference between a drunken singer in a bar and a diabetic singer in need of medication on an airplane is a very small difference indeed.


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From → Diatribes

  1. I know people who are low on insulin can often appear drunk, but I haven’t heard of them acting drunk.


  2. She was looking for Kevin Costner to be her bodyguard.


  3. Wow. Of course, Dolly Parton wrote and sang it “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” which must be 30 years or old or more.


  4. Are you sure stranding the singer in Kansas City doesn’t deserve an ovation?


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