What is going on? In the past week, my news feeds have been filled with headlines about tourists who have seemingly lost their minds and others who have decided tourists themselves are fair game.
First there was this gem about a Dutch tourist who thought it was cool to give a Nazi salute at a Holocaust-era death camp.
Dutch Tourist Fined Over Nazi Salute In Auschwitz
A Dutch tourist has been detained in Poland for giving the Nazi salute at the gate of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, local… – https://t.co/7WbQrUAnKq pic.twitter.com/DubIEU7hZH
— WorthyNews (@worthynews) January 27, 2022
Next up are some morons who thought they could immortalize themselves by scratching their own names over ancient carvings. It’s actually amazing that people this stupid know how to write.
Tourists Cause Permanent Damage at Big Bend National Park by Etching Names Into Ancient Petroglyphs https://t.co/wjdvWtmZ98
— Travel + Leisure (@TravelLeisure) January 27, 2022
Then, of course, there are airline passengers which continue to show levels of entitlement that would make Marie Antoinette blush like these folks who thought nothing of giving themselves upgrades to business class since the seats were empty.
A United Airlines flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, turned back to New York mid-flight on Friday after two passengers caused a “riot” on the aircraft, per reports.https://t.co/fim7VgH8sj
— Airline Passengers for Justice (@APforJustice) January 24, 2022
Then there are the run-of-the-mill stories about people who can’t wear masks on flights, cause a fuss then force the crew to turn the plane around. I’m pretty sure there have been thousands of these incidents since the pandemic began so it’s getting to the point that they barely make the news anymore.
An American Airlines flight to London from Miami turned around about an hour into its journey because of a passenger who refused to follow Covid masking rules, the airline said. https://t.co/Iw93WhlQLE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2022
At least this guy who thought it was okay to grope a flight attendant has learned his lesson.
A Canadian man has been sentenced to six months in U.S. federal prison for groping an American Airlines flight attendant. https://t.co/YmczIhtKvo
— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) January 27, 2022
Although this guy only got a fine.
Briton fined for touching a female tourist’s buttocks https://t.co/CknQ6eAHh0
— Breaking news every hour – Follow us (@jobpings) January 26, 2022
Then there are tragic stories like this one where a Mexican tourist visiting Canada was stabbed by a lunatic in a Tim Horton’s in Vancouver.
#VPDNews: The man accused of stabbing a Mexican tourist inside a downtown Tim Hortons has been arrested by Vancouver Police following a dynamic three-day investigation. https://t.co/hdeD87ojmM pic.twitter.com/5b0Iavb97L
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) January 26, 2022
What does the rest of 2022 have in store?