Last updated: 10:37 AM ET, Fri April 17 2015

Southwest Airlines Passenger Removed After Poking Snoring Man

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 17, 2015

Southwest Airlines Passenger Removed After Poking Snoring Man

Photo courtesy of Southwest

Sitting next to someone who snores can make a flight a terrible experience, but the situation went from bad to worse for one woman who began poking the man sitting next to her with a fountain pen to get him to quiet down.

According to Christine DeLong of, a Southwest Airlines flight getting ready to takeoff from Chicago Midway International Airport to Manchester–Boston Regional Airport was delayed when there was a disruption among the passengers.

Crew members soon discovered Lenny Madarski complaining about being stabbed in the arm while he was asleep. The woman sitting next to him on the flight was allegedly poking him with a pen trying to stop him from snoring.

Witnesses tell DeLong that Madarski was snoring loudly, and when he was awoken by the jabs, he became very animated about the incident, yelling that the woman has stabbed him with her pen.

According to a statement from passenger Steve Wolf to, “The police came on and they escorted three people off the plane and then the two guys got back on – [a] younger gentlemen and [an] older gentlemen -- and the lady was escorted off didn't get back on.”

Southwest Airlines released a statement saying that the incident was not a stabbing as the passenger claimed, and that the women who poked the man sitting next to her was removed from the plane and put on a new flight.

It remains unclear if she will face any charges from local police.

After the situation was sorted out, Flight 577 finally made its scheduled landing in Manchester, over two hours later than expected.


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