Guy Went For One Drink After Flight Delay Ended Up On A 43-Day Bender

Sofi SheppardSofi Sheppard in Funny, News, World
Published 07.08.19

There’s missing a flight and there’s killing time but Uthai Waenbarb, a 36-year-old Thai chef, took it to a whole new level.

Waenbarb missed his connecting flight home from Russia to Budapest and with a 5 day delay, he took to the pub to pass some time. F O R T Y – T H R E E days later he was discovered and arrested after boozing for all that time!

We all feel a bit like Phil Mitchell once we’ve drank for perhaps two nights in a row on a rare weekend, but to be constantly bevved for 43 days is something else.


Waenbarb was taken into custody, with a standard 30-day Visa and had to seek employment as a rubbish collector to raise enough money for a flight home, as he had lost his belongings, including his passport.

The chef then admitted that he has no recollection of memories from the past few days, meanwhile his family back in Nong Khai (Northastern Thailand) were worried sick. They filed a missing person’s report in Thailand, Hungary and Russia where a confused Uthai was discovered around 27km outside Moscow Airport.

Uthai said:

‘I was so upset after being told by the airline to wait for five days, I decided to drink and after that I cannot remember anything but losing my passport.

I have no idea how I went to Khimki, I just remember I was arrested by police a couple times.

I was also lent some money by a Thai woman who is married to a Russian guy and I was working as a garbage collector to try to save money for a new ticket.’


He was then taken to the Thai Embassy in Moscow, where he is being looked out for until he is able to afford to fly back home.

Moral of the story, if you miss your flight, contact your family IMMEDIATELY and maybe DON’T go on a 43 day-bender??

For any advice or confidential help with alcohol, call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110.

And this comes after another bloke fell asleep while under the influence and woke up 800km away. What’s wrong with people!

The Sleeping Beauty in question is a baggage handler for Piedmont Airlines – part of American Airlines – and fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a plane, remaining there for the duration of a flight from Kansas City to Chicago.

According to USA Today, he told police he was drunk before work and decided to crawl in among the luggage inside a 737 to catch a few Zs.

Nobody noticed him missing and the airline simply closed up the cargo hold with the man still inside snoring his head off.


“The flight subsequently took off with the team member in the cargo hold, which was heated and pressurized,” American Airlines said in a statement.

The crew at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport found him a few hours later, where presumably he had a pretty embarrassing walk of shame to do.

“He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries,” the airline’s statement reads. “The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues.”

The employee, who wasn’t named, allegedly told Chicago police that he had consumed “several alcoholic beverages.”

The airline suspended the man pending an investigation and sent him back to Kansas on a flight straight away.

I hope they put him back in the cargo hold and closed it up.

I bet it’s way more spacious than a Ryanair flight.

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