Don't you think that is weird that a person can't even go to a funeral without their spouse without acting like a total idiot? It's as if once they are away from their spouse they loose all of their common sense and moral values.Agree that a best friend dying is a rough experience, and airlines can be horrible, but a three day bender seems a stronger reaction than the causes should produce. I suspect there's some kind of additional hidden factor in all of this adding to what happened with him. And note that I have no idea what that factor is, I just suspect it exists.
And unfortunately, the story arc of one half of a couple going to a funeral, and having a complete meltdown / cheating / yada yada yada, is somewhat common. Especially if they've had any kind of prior emotional trauma in their life. It comes as a double whammy of the dead person being gone, AND their partner isn't physically there, so in the moment it comes as a sort of double abandonment. I've seen so many marriage ending critical moments from these scenarios my strong advice is either both go, or both stay home. And in all the cases it was a logistical issue that caused just one person to go to the funeral - money, couldn't get time off, kids needing to be watched, etc etc. It all felt like a forced move to the couple, one of them had to go, and one of them had to stay home. None of it looked like a disaster in the making at the time.
Plus the person that goes alone, ALWAYS says they will be fine to go by themselves... and then at some point absolutely not fine at all kicks in and it all goes sideways.
And please note I'm not assigning blame or giving excuses to anyone here. All I'm saying is I've seen this movie dozens of times now and if it goes bad, that's the way it usually goes.
It's all just rather unfortunate.
Millions fly on planes every day and they seem to cope without getting drunk, I don't get that part at all. Not as if he was flying to the other side of the world or had a near crash experience.