Flying High, in More Ways than One
Did you hear the one about the woman who stepped out for a smokeat 39,000 feet?
No, that isn’t a joke. And she didn’t actually step out, but she tried. A French tourist, apparently under the influence of sleeping pills and alcohol, decided to have a smoke while aboard a Cathay Pacific airlines flight over Australia. So naturally, she tried to open the door so she could smoke outside.
A couple of hours [after Sadrine Helene Sellies was refused a drink because she was inebriated], four passengers said they saw Sellies with an unlit cigarette and a lighter before she approached an emergency exit and began interfering with the door.
Prosecutor Anthony Gett said the passengers believed Sellies was trying to open the door as the plane flew 39,000 feet about north Queensland.
In her defense, her lawyer argued that she didn’t know what she was doing because she was under the influence.
[Attorney Hellen Shilton] said Sellies had taken sleeping tablets because she was terrified of flying, and that she had also been drinking alcohol.
First she’s smoking, evidently desiring a long and painful death from emphysema. Then she decides to speed it up a bit by mixing alcohol and sedatives, not the healthiest combination of substances. If all that didn’t kill her, that first step out of the airplane would have done it nicely.
Sellies was released but has to behave herself for 12 months. I suggest laying off those sleeping pills.