Easy—-3 of my buddies and myself were going to be flying to Amsterdam from Cincinnati. It was the first time to Europe for all of us and we were totally excited. We got to the airport a couple hours early because we thought we would have to go through customs and didn’t know what to expect.
Turns out, our flight went through Detroit where we had to board another plane and that is where we would go through customs, so we had a couple hours to kill.
Naturally, we headed to the bar and began to drink—-a lot. We were pretty pumped about going to Amsterdam so it was a total party at the bar before we boarded our flight and proceeded to party like rock stars on the way to Detroit.
Once in Detroit and having gone through customs, we still had about 45 minutes to kill, so of course we headed to the bar there and continued drinking. After they announced that we could begin boarding, myself and my buddy Keith got up to head to our gate. The other two, Chuck and Kevin, said they were going to have one more shot before boarding, so we told them we would see them on the plane.
About 20 minutes later, I am sitting in my seat next to Keith and the plane is pretty much packed. It was a big 747 and hearing before seeing them coming down the aisle, comes Kevin and Chuck, laughing and being loud and Chuck has a camcorder in his hand and he is filming his progression to their assigned seats.
Unbeknownst to us, the flight crew from our flight to Detroit had contacted our current flight crew to let them know that they had some people coming aboard who were clearly inebriated and to be aware. Kevin and Chuck had the two seats in front of Keith and I who were sitting quietly in our seats, and Chuck is standing up in the aisle doing a slow pan around the plane with his camcorder and says “Would you look at the size of this fucking plane” –to which a gentleman with his family across the aisle said “HEY, WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE. THERE ARE CHILDREN ABOARD!” … I told Chuck to sit down and be quiet when over the intercom we hear a voice say “Would the passengers in seats 38 B and 38 A please come to the front of the plane?” It took me a second to realize that it was Chuck and Kevin who were being summoned when again the announcement was made.
“That’s you guys” I told them as a steward was fast approaching our way. Chuck turned off his camcorder and they headed to the front of the plane, after Kevin chastised him saying “I told you to be quiet”.
About 20 minutes went by before I told my buddy Keith that I was going to go to the front of the plane to see what is going on. I walked to the front of the plane and looked out the entrance door in the tarmac and saw about 5 police officers and one of them was slamming Kevin against the wall and man handling his arm behind his back and I could hear Kevin saying “What, I didn’t say I have a bomb, I said it’s not like we HAVE a bomb”.
I looked at the drama unfolding and said “Hey what’s going on here?” A police officer looked at me and said “Are you with them?” I said, yeah, we are going to Europe together. He replied, these two aren’t going anywhere tonight and unless you want to join them, I suggest you get back to your seat. I headed back to my seat and told Keith what I had seen. What should we do, he asked me.. I told him that I was going to Amsterdam and I wasn’t about to get off the plane and he agreed.
By now our flight had been delayed and people are giving Keith and I the evil eye, even though we hadn’t done a thing, when the flight attendant approaches us and said that our friends had been arrested and during the flight, they would not be serving Keith and I any alcohol, loud enough for everyone around us to hear. Whatever, I said, and closed my eyes with my headphones on and tried to pretend I wasn’t being stared at. It was an overnight flight to Amsterdam which was uneventful and after spending the night in the drunk tank, Kevin and Chuck were fortunate enough to catch the next evenings flight and meet us there a day later. The funny thing, is after we got back from vacation, we watched the video tape and all leading up to the incident, Chuck was filming us party and then, their progress down the aisle, and him saying “Would you look at the size of this fucking plane, up to hearing their names being called to come to the front.
That is where it went black and the next scene you see is Chuck, standing in front of a police cruiser saying “Well, we just got out of jail”—-and so the adventure continued……..