These Delta passengers had their inflight experience severely dampened in a way they didn't expect


The rain in your plane falls mainly on your head. And your shorts.

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

You can never exhaust the litany of inflight stories.

After all, planes are just microcosms of human life, unfortunately administered by airline management.

So on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Florida on Friday, there was Tom McCullough sitting in his seat.

And there was water pouring from the ceiling right down onto him.

As video posted to Twitter by his son Tommy shows, dad tried to shield himself from the shower by using two magazines.

They were inflight magazines, so this was surely the best use these have been put to in history.

Still, Dad's shorts were dripping wet.

Oddly, he maintained his good humor when less patient sorts might have, say, ululated the "Rain, Rain, Go Away" nursery rhyme at the top of their voices.

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United Bans Leggings
Two passengers were denied boarding because they were wearing leggings in March. According to United, the airline had a right to deny boarding based on dress code because the girls were using “buddy passes” and were, therefore, representing the airline when they fly, similar to employees.

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David Dao
Definitely not an employee, David Dao was forcibly removed from a United flight in April after he refused to give up his seat on an "overbooked flight," resulting in a serious concussion, a broken nose, and two lost teeth. Video of the incident went viral, causing United to change their policy and get slapped with a lawsuit that was quickly settled.

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Giant Rabbit Dies
United also faced another controversy when a giant rabbit being transported on one of its planes died in the cargo during a flight. According to The Sun newspaper, the animal, named Simon, was the son of the world’s largest rabbit -- a four-foot long continental rabbit called Darius --and was expected to have grown larger than his father.

“Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before," said owner Annette Edwards.

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Bride and Groom Booted From Flight 
A bride and groom traveling to Costa Rica for their wedding in April were escorted off a United Airlines flight after they noticed a man sleeping in their seats and decided to move up three rows as to not wake the passenger. However, it was an "Economy Plus" seat and although the passengers said they complied to return to the seats, a U.S. Marshal removed them.

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Altercation Between American Airlines and Mother
American Airlines suspended a flight attendant while investigating a scuffle between him, a mom and two babies. In a viral video, a woman is seen hysterically crying while holding a toddler, with a male flight attending yanking away the stroller for her second child.g a scuffle between him, a mom and two babies. In a viral video, a woman is seen hysterically crying while holding a toddler, with a male flight attending yanking away the stroller for her second child.

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Delta Removes Passenger After He Used the Bathroom
At the end of April, a man was removed from a Delta flight after he used the bathroom while the plane awaited takeoff on the tarmac. 

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Delta Worker Threatens Passengers With Jail Time
Early May, a Southern California family said they were kicked off an overbooked Delta flight because they refused to give up a seat they had bought for their young son sitting in a car seat. They were asked to have their son sit on their lap for the duration of the flight. They refused, saying they paid for the seat, to which the airline staff threatened the family with jail time.

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Spirit Airlines Riot
In May, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport descended into total chaos after nine Spirit Airlines flights were canceled, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and increasingly irate in the terminal. The cancellations were the result of a legal dispute between the budget airline and the Air Line Pilots Association International. 

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Teen Trapped in Airport Alone Overnight
According to CBC News, a 15-year-old boy was "trapped" overnight in an airport alone when Air Canada rebooked him on another flight after he missed his original one. However, the flight was almost 24 hours later and the airline did not offer him any accommodation or vouchers for food. Because he is a minor, he could not get a hotel room, he says.

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Passenger Forced to Pee in a Cup
Also in May, a passenger claimed she was forced to pee in a cup aboard a United flight after flight attendants told her she wasn’t allowed to use the lavatory until the pilot had turned off the fasten seatbelt sign.

The woman, who had an overactive bladder, was told the flight attendant would be filing a report about the incident.

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Tommy added these words to his video: "Hey @Delta, be glad my father is such a good sport about sitting in water for a whole flight. Water falling from ceiling onto passengers."

Yes, it seems that Tommy's dad wasn't the only one whose parade in coach was being rained on.

Tommy said that at least half a dozen other passengers were leaked upon.

Did Delta investigate the source of the leak, as all good American organizations usually do?

Well, Tommy told NBC New York: "They eventually realized how stupid the situation was and just stuffed napkins into the ceiling."

He added that the water kept on dripping for most of the flight.

Delta offered me this explanation: "We apologize for the less than ideal situation our customers experienced due to an air conditioning condensation issue and we've reached out to compensate them for impacting their travel."

Less than ideal.

One day, an airline might use this as inspiration for a new, honest tagline: "Less Than A Deal."

The airline reportedly offered dad a $100 travel voucher. This, presumably, would have been a $100 inducement to fly Delta again. (Dad says he paid $1,800 for the tickets.)

Airlines do have a dry sense of humor.

As too often with such stories, it's the, um, less than ideal attention the cabin crew seems to have paid to this watery unpleasantness that is most painful.

Should you fly First Class on Emirates, you get the chance to have a shower all to yourself.

It isn't, though, quite as public as Delta's version.

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