Urinating on Passengers: Not the First Time This Has Happened…

eff D. Rubin — a passenger who is 27 years old — was taken into custody at Concourse C at Portland International Airport at 4:31 in the morning on Friday, September 11, 2015 by officers of the Port of Portland Police Department as a result of his allegedly urinating on passengers, seats and luggage aboard an airplane during a flight prior to landing.

Reports from passengers of the airplane — which operated as JetBlue Airways flight 47 from Anchorage to Portland — indicated that after Rubin slept for most of the flight, he awoke, stood up and “began urinating through the crack of the seat onto the passengers seated in front of him”, according to this article written by Brent Weisberg and the staff at KOIN Channel 6 News in Portland. “At some point, Rubin lost his balance and he fell backwards and ‘urinate(d) upwards which got the passengers and seats next to him as well as some other passengers’ personal belongings’.”

Rubin spent approximately five hours in jail Friday before he was released on his own recognizance. He was reportedly charged with one count each of second-degree criminal mischief and offensive littering.

“Offensive littering”?!?

This is not the first time a passenger was caught urinating on fellow passengers during a flight.

On an airplane — coincidentally, as a flight also operated by JetBlue Airways — a drunk 18-year-old male allegedly urinated on the leg of a sleeping 11-year-old girl during a flight from Portland to New York in August of 2011. Her father was traveling with his two daughters to visit their grandmother for the first time since he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and he reportedly caught the Olympic hopeful in the act of relieving himself on his child.

The now-former member of the United States Ski Team – who admitted to consuming at least eight alcoholic beverages before boarding the flight and supposedly refused to apologize for the incident – may very well have flushed his promising future down the toilet as a result.

Then, only days later, Gérard Depardieu relieved himself on flight headed for Dublin. Depardieu was allegedly intoxicated when the incident occurred after he was reportedly denied access to the lavatory while aboard an airplane which operated as Air France flight 5010, which was delayed in Paris.

Well, at least we now know what was supposedly “number one” on his mind that day — and people do not have to be aboard an airplane to seek relief in all the wrong places, as there is also the story of a man who allegedly urinated into an ice machine at a hotel property earlier this year.

I could dabble into some more streaming news humor, but I will spare you from that — unless you want to read this article first written back in August of 2006 about how a FlyerTalk member found out the hard way that the bed in his hotel room was “moist”, to say the least.

Source: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

5 thoughts on “Urinating on Passengers: Not the First Time This Has Happened…”

  1. Ryan says:

    I guess it just goes to show, whenever you travel with the general public, urine for a real treat.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You just had to unzip and let that one go — didn’t you, Ryan?

      I wonder how many readers are flushed with envy that you posted that comment…

      …and thank you for doing so!

  2. Tom says:

    The first case sounds like the passenger was sleepwalking. It is unfortunate, but should be treated as a medical issue rather than a criminal one. If an elderly person couldn’t hold their bladder, they wouldn’t have been arrested.

  3. Captain Kirk says:

    That is ridiculous. He should be charged with assault for pissing on someone. If it happened to me I would have probably shoved him back three rows. Sleepwalking or not, you can’t piss on someone and expect it to be okay.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Although Tom has a good point, Captain Kirk, you have a good point as well — but I have to ask: if someone used a weapon on someone else while they were sleepwalking, should that be treated as a medical issue rather than a criminal one?

      I ask because I am wondering where the threshold lies…

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