On an island of green and pleasant land, beer and burger deals, woo-woos, full frontal male nudity and Carnage pub crawls, what happens when the banter comes to an end? Could our country's good-humored hobby of alcohol-induced coercion ever lead to something truly bad?
Yes, it seems, because on a recent Jet 2 flight from Newcastle to Ibiza, one Buzz Killington decided to chomp someone's ear off. The budget airline Evander Holyfield has not been named, nor has the perpetrator of the vicious crime. All we know is that it happened, and it's joined Pinnochio penis tattoos as a reality of modern flying.
The man was flying between Newcastle and Ibiza, and his ear was bitten off as the plane came into land. A spokesman for the airline had this to say:
"We are aware that an incident happened onboard a flight from Newcastle to Ibiza on Sunday 16th August between two customers. We are working closely with Northumbria Police and the parties involved to fully investigate the reported incident so that we can take the appropriate action. The safety of our customers is of upmost importance to us and aggressive behaviour will simply not be tolerated.”
At first glance, you'd assume this incident was the result of a drunken rage. Now that I think about it, I'm almost certain it was the result of drunken banter. If a guy called 'Jonesy' bet half a carton of B&Hs on his best mate 'Deano' being unable to bite his ear off, I wouldn't be at all surprised.