They Were Stars - Aeryn Sun
all the actors on Farscape, Aeryn was truly the most satisfied
with her previous career. Since a teenage girl, when she was
a popular cheerleader in high school, Aeryn always knew she
wanted to be an airline hostess and was determined to be the
best, most friendly one in the sky. By 1993, Aeryn had achieved
her dream and was well thought of by her peers, customers
and managers alike. If it weren't for "the incident"
on board her aircraft, it is likely she never would have joined
the cast of Farscape.
exact details of what happened on the fateful day of November
12, 1997 are still not clear. However, it is known that after
three international investigations, 47 lawsuits, the death
of a Eucalyptus tree, and the broken nose of a Canadian tourist,
Aeryn's career lay in ruins. For the official NTSB report
a matter of sheer coincidence, one of the passengers on board
the aircraft that day was a man named Andrew Prouse. Mr. Prowse,
charged with disorderly conduct and assault with a aircraft
barf bag - later exonerated, would eventually be hired by
Henson Productions to direct Farscape's first episode. During
the casting process, he couldn't help but think of the riot
on board the aircraft and the young, unassuming airline hostess
that started it all. He learned her name from the criminal
report and you know the rest.
to Before They Were Stars
photo of Aeryn during her hostess days
photos, taken by a an Australian passenger, shows the carnage
that nearly brought down the aircraft
considered the worst in-flight passenger riot in history,
the incident resulted in 63 arrests
some consider her a scapegoat, attendant Sun's actions were
blamed for inciting the melee.