The inequities between the haves and the have-nots have rarely been more obvious, and an abundance of crazy private jet stories is proof of the ever-widening gulf that separates the ultra-rich from, well, the rest of us. Most everyday folks consider planes a mode of travel, a (mostly) convenient way to get from point A to point B. The rich, on the other hand, consider planes - private ones, at least - their own personal mansions in the sky. To them, a private jet is just another luxury item to be purchased, used, and discarded without much thought. It would be depressing if some of these stories weren't so deliciously, ridiculously decadent. The outrageous things for which people have used private jets may have, at one time, been shocking, but in a world owned by the 1%, these stories are surprisingly common. If you have enough money to book a plane all to yourself, weird private jet requests don't seem so shocking.
OK, actually when you consider the environmental implifications of every jet takeoff and landing, these stories are depressing. Though still highly entertaining. Read on to learn about some of the strange reasons people used private jets and vote sky-high the most egregious private plane stories of the bunch.
There's no shortage of Bieber Behaving Badly stories out there, but this one has got to come in near the top. Allegedly, Bieber booked a private jet for himself, his dad, and his entourage, and they spent the entire flight smoking tons of pot. The cabin was so inundated with smoke that the crew had to wear oxygen masks just to stay sober themselves. Even when the passengers were told to lay off the weed, they didn't listen. They were also so verbally abusive to a flight attendant that she had to stay in the cockpit for protection. Clearly, pot doesn't mellow Bieber and Co.; they're still ass*oles even when they're high.
Attention.— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) March 6, 2016
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The experience of flying can easily become overwhelming, perhaps more so if you're a pampered pet used to a certain lifestyle. One woman once booked an entire private jet... for her three cats. What's more, the cats didn't even come out of their crates for the duration of the flight between Kansas and New York. Here's to hoping they at least got Cristal in their water bowls.
It's the quintessential definition of First World Problems when overnight shipping isn't fast enough to get divorce papers to the spouse you can't wait to get rid of. So, you hire a private jet to serve your papers (yes, this actually happened.) A woman in New York hired a private plane to serve her cheating husband in Miami with divorce papers, but first, he had to allow the plane to land on his private runway. Good heavens. The rich really aren't like you and me, are they?
Christmas trees have become an in-demand item for rich private jet passengers. In one instance, a flyer demanded a little decorated tree, complete with presents underneath, be onboard during the flight. The request was honored, and a small Christmas tree was provided, decked out with weights so it didn't go reeling during flight. In another instance, a passenger ordered Christmas trees on the tarmac at both takeoff and landing. And perhaps most elaborate of all, a couple arranged for real reindeer and Santa's sleigh to be taking off from the tarmac at the same time as their private jet was departing, so that the kids would would think their plane was following Santa to the North Pole.