A New Hampshire-bound Southwest Airlines flight was forced to return to the terminal Thursday at Chicago’s Midway Airport before takeoff to remove a woman “poking her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring.”

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, ABC Chicago reports, Lenny Mordarski alerted flight attendants with his cries of pain. “Chucklehead here fell asleep on the taxi on the runway, and I guess his arm kind of brushed over to her. She just went nuts and started stabbing him with the pen. He screamed really loud, almost like a little girl,” Mordarski’s friend and traveling companion, Michael Sutton, told the news station.

He also tweeted:


The woman, who has not been identified, apparently told the flight’s crew that she was trying to get Mordarski to stop snoring. “Imagine being asleep and then being stung by bees, and then waking up and going ‘owww,’” Mordarski told CBS Chicago.

This woman, whom I do not know but imagine wanted to fly the one hour and 41 minutes from Chicago to Manchester in mostly silence, was booted from the flight after the plane returned to its gate. She was placed on a later flight.

Southwest flight attendants apparently rewarded the snoring with free booze and putting the unnamed woman on blast.“They gave us free gin and tonics. They were super nice. They were making jokes at the end of it, said ‘Everyone keep your pens, keep your writing utensils to yourself,’” Sutton told ABC Chicago.


A photo Sutton tweeted of the pen marks left on Mordarski’s shirt by the woman’s stabbing.

[ Images via CBS Chicago]