1373691534_731640c452Passenger accused of groping Spirit Airlines flight attendant originally appeared on NBCNews.com.  (NOTE:  They left out a story I shared about a pilot who was smacked on the behind by a female passenger sitting in the exit row. “Woo get some!” she yelled out for an entire airplane full of passengers to hear.  So ya see it’s not just flight attendants who are getting groped, poked,  and smacked.)

Heather Poole, a veteran flight attendant for a majorU.S. airline, has seen her share of passengers acting out on flights, though she says the misbehavior has changed over the years.

“Today, passengers are more likely to get aggressive with us than touchy feely in a sexual way. Not to say it doesn’t happen,” said Poole, author of “Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet.”

“Recently, a female passenger hit me on the butt hard as I was passing by. She (was) angry because I stepped on her toe.”

A male passenger once asked Poole if he could lick her, she said. “The answer was no. No written warning was issued.”

When confronted with a flier who seems to have amorous intentions, Poole says she stops serving alcohol and removes herself from the situation by sending in another flight attendant to deal with the passenger. Most of the time that’s all it takes, she said.

“Trust me, there are some passengers who might live a lot longer if they keep their hands off certain flight attendants,” Poole added.

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