How Not To React When Your Flight Is Oversold

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Some people get frustrated at the prospect of a flight being oversold, knowing they might not get to their destination. Some people get overjoyed, knowing it’s a chance at a travel voucher.

And others, just, well… I don’t know how you’d describe this. A guy was traveling from Charlotte to Jamaica yesterday morning, when he decided to get undressed after finding out his flight was full.

Photo courtesy Sherry Ketchie


According to witnesses, the man was attempting to get on board a US Airways flight to Jamaica early Wednesday morning.

“I seen some people running and I was wondering what they was running from and people were standing there snickering, so I walked over and [an airport employee] told me the man was angry over the Jamaican flight,” Sherry Ketchie told WBTV.

Ketchie says the man sounded very angry and was yelling.

“He had his clothes on, at that point, and then he started standing there with his arms crossed and hollering at the lady at the desk,” she told WBTV. “He stood there for a moment and then started taking off his clothes. I ain’t never seen nothing [like that] in my life.”

The worst part?

The woman says the man was standing in the concourse naked for about an hour.

Ouch! If I had to guess he was on standby and the flight was full, as opposed to him somehow involuntarily being denied boarding. Or maybe he just wasn’t happy the flight was full because he wanted an empty middle seat so he could “spread out.”

Interestingly the guy isn’t being charged with anything. The part I can’t figure out it is why the cops wouldn’t get something to cover him up when they paraded him through the terminal.

  1. Why is it always a bad looking out of shape person who wants to get naked or go streaking?

    Also, Sherry Ketchie needs to be sent back to middle school to learn proper English.

  2. The most intriguing part of this story is trying to figure out where Sherrie Ketchie resides: Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama………….????? I’m at such a loss. I can only imagine what she must look like. My gut instinct tells me fried blond hair with dark roots – perhaps even braided if she was headed to Jamaica – just to get in the spirit.

  3. Lucky why interestingly? You didn’t do your homework again. NC does not have a public indecency law like some other states so cops cannot charge him. Its normal for them to just escort him out.
    I had a friend that was there and he told me that the dude got refused boarding by the captain, he had confirmed seat but the captain saw the whole פארסה and just denied him boarding(he did not hear why he has denied boarding but presumably because he was upset about something).

  4. I’m surprised that it took an hour for security/police to get to him after he got naked!

  5. As the resident Charlottean of the group – this has been covered over the various local medias and among friends and family on Facebook. According to a friend of mine that works for American/US Airways at the airport he had a medical condition that apparently allowed this to happen. He won’t face any criminal or civil penalties for it but I agree it is odd that it too as long as it did to resolve.

    While such dramatic occurrences are rare at any airport (I think), there is a lady who regularly travels to the airport on the outside perimeter near the runways (Charlotte is a rare airport where you can get fairly close to the runways) and sings and chants to the airplanes for a period of time. This has been going on for several years now. I never got an adequate explanation for the occurrence as being outside and on legal ground there is nothing anyone can go about. People have reported approaching her or the person who drops her off or picks her up and they are unresponsive.

  6. for some reason CLT is the one airport where I’ve encountered more nut jobs than anywhere else. will never forget the tiny, blindingly drunk irish guy at 2pm on xmas day in a bar there who was challenging the entire restaurant to fight him.

  7. @pavel – Charlotte has the highest % of connecting passengers in the country for an airport so its highly likely that person wasn’t from here. The worst airport I saw for “unusual” people was London.

  8. @Craig Thanks for the YouTube entertainment. I’d be mad about seeing a naked guy though since I’m usually with my kids.

  9. @rick b – OMG, I should head for the casino today. I absolutely had no idea as I am not even on Facebook. I was just making a stereotypical wild ass guess about her. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Who cares what she looks like. We are in the south!! this is also commenting on the man himself. Which is all hysterical. But that’s media. If I would see a naked guy I’d take video! Funny how people are more worried about the camera guy/ girl..

  11. Who cares who behind the camera! Nobody wants to find out. The article is on the guy. Sound like stalkers on here. Let’s see that tan line! I got to get out my magnifying glass for more. But had enough seeing the picture!! As others say… Way to go citizen!

  12. So what is the name of this medical condition that causes a sudden urge to go nude? He had clarity of mind to carry a valid passport, pass TSA checks, schedule and pay for the flight, but he is ill to understand undressing in public is not appropriate.

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