FOX News.com, 7/24/17 (Five men subdue fellow female passenger.)
United Airlines flight 898, which left from Houston for New Orleans on Sunday, was forced to return to Houston after a "disruptive customer" made a sprint for the cockpit, United confirmed in a statement to Fox News.
The disturbance started when the passenger began yelling and banging on the walls of the plane roughly halfway into the flight, reports KTRK.
“I hear (her) screaming, ‘We are all protected and loved! We are all protected and loved! This plane is going to land beautifully and kindly!’” said United passenger Julian Markowitz, who spoke with KTRK.
“In an instant, she stands up, bolts to the aisle and started springing towards the cockpit,” added Markowitz.
“As soon as she started running, I stand up and ask the flight attendant, ‘Can I help you with this? Do you need help?’ She said go for it, so I gently pushed the flight attendant out of the way and started sprinting after the woman myself.”
Markowitz wasn’t the only passenger who responded to the woman’s odd behavior. In total, he said “it took five men” to subdue the woman, including one off-duty pilot who was seated among the passengers.
“She was in a very psychotic state. She was very aggressive,” Markowitz told KTRK.
As they held the unruly passenger down, flight attendants provided them zip-tie handcuffs to restrain the woman’s wrists and ankles, in order to keep her down for the remainder of the flight back.
As Markowitz remembers, “I sort of smiled to give everyone the sense that everyone is fine, the situation was under control.”
Upon landing back at Bush Intercontinental Airport, police reportedly took custody of the woman.
The airline has since issued a statement thanking its passengers and crew for handling the situation.
“United flight 898 from Houston to New Orleans returned to Houston due to a disruptive customer. The flight landed safely, and law officials met the aircraft upon arrival,” said United in a statement obtained by Fox News. “We thank our customers for their patience, and our crew for their professional actions."
July 7, 2017 Reuters (Not a National Security Incident - Just Your Run of the Mill In-flight Assualt Says Airport Spokesman)
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle on Thursday after a passenger in the first-class cabin assaulted a crew member before being subdued by other travelers, a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman said.
Two people were sent for medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries after the plane landed safely shortly after 7 p.m., airport spokesman Perry Cooper said.
The unruly male passenger was taken into custody by local law enforcement assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cooper said.
Delta flight 129 departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at around 5:30 p.m., but headed back to Seattle roughly 45 minutes into the flight, Cooper said.
Cooper said the man assaulted a flight attendant in the first-class cabin, but he had no further details on what triggered the incident. He said it was not a national security matter.
Numerous passengers intervened to help subdue the suspect. The pilot decided to turn back and call for law enforcement and medics to meet the plane, Cooper said.
Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, said there was no security breach at the airport, south of Seattle.
A representative for Delta Air Lines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Federal Aviation Administration declined to comment.
June 26, 2017 (Lady tries to exit while in-flight- Off Duty Cop Intervenes) PS In fairness the doors don't open in flight but the passengers don't know that.)
ABC TV News, KTRK
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (KTRK) --
A Cleveland Independent School District police officer took down an unruly passenger Sunday after eyewitnesses said the woman tried to open the plane's emergency exit in mid-flight.
Southwest Flight 4519 landed at Corpus Christi International Airport instead of its intended destination at Hobby Airport. It was coming from Los Angeles.
Pam Minchew, who has been a Cleveland ISD officer for barely four weeks, said there was an hour left in the flight when the woman lunged for the emergency exit door. Minchew happened to be sitting two rows behind it.
"All I could think about was the movies. Is the door going to come off? There were too many lives, including my children, so at that point I just had to react. She was not going to get the door open," Minchew said.
The officer said she noticed the woman acting strange as soon as she boarded.
"A blank look on her face. You could tell maybe she was on some kind of medication," Michew said. When the captain turned off the fasten seatbelt sign, Minchew said the woman started pacing the aisle, even walking backwards at times.
Flight attendants moved the woman to the back of the plane and worked to get the situation under control, but about halfway through the flight, Minchew said the woman ran to the front of the plane, climbed over the seat, lunged for the exit and ripped off a plastic piece covering the door lever.
Michew said she yelled that she was a police officer and told everyone to stay calm. Then the rookie officer put the woman face down, put her hands behind her back and walked her to the back of the plane. Flight attendants used zip ties to keep her hands together.
"All I could think about was asking her, 'What are you thinking? There are families on this plane, my children are on this plane, what are you thinking?'" Minchew said.
She sat with the woman for the rest of the flight and kept her calm. Minchew said she didn't ask her any questions because she didn't want the woman to panic.
"Hopefully, this will be a means for her to get help. Fortunately, no one got hurt in the meantime," Minchew said.
The police chief with Corpus Christi International Airport said the woman who caused the disturbance is being evaluated by mental health officials. He said since the incident occurred in flight, the FBI will take over the case and decide if the woman should be charged. Eyewitness News reached out to the FBI. We will keep you posted on the situation.
May 20, 2017 Fox News.com (After roaming around an active ramp - in the middle of the night - a passenger is detained but then set free - so - he decides to up his game on his next flight.) You can't make this stuff up!!!
An American Airlines passenger was detained in Honololu on Friday after he tried to get into the cockpit during the flight but was subdued by a crew member and another passenger, officials said.
American Airlines Flight 31, an Airbus A321 from Los Angeles to Honolulu, landed safety at 11:35 a.m., escorted by Hawaii Air National Guard scrambled fighter planes.
In this photo provided by Donna Basden, a man is escorted off an American Airlines flight after it landed in Honolulu, Friday, May 19, 2017. Federal agents met the plane from Los Angeles when it landed in Honolulu and took the man into custody. (Donna Basden via AP)
The man, later identified as Anil Uskanil, 25, of Turkey, was duct-taped to his seat until the plane landed in Honolulu and federal agents boarded the plane and arrested him, passenger Lee Lorenzen said.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the man is like to face federal charges after he "tried to breach the cockpit door" on American Airlines Flight 31.
The Los Angeles Airport Police Division confirms Uskanil was previously detained early Friday morning at LAX.
In a statement, police said:
"This morning at approximately 2:45 a.m., officers with the Los Angeles International Airport Police Division responded to a radio call of a passenger going through a door from the Terminal 5 concourse that led out onto the airfield ramp. The man, 25 year old Anil Uskanil, was immediately spotted by a contractor and detained. Uskanil was a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight, and had gone through TSA screening. Airport Police investigated and determined Uskanil had been drinking but did not meet the criteria for drunk in public. A Police K-9 searched and cleared the area. Uskanil was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released from custody."
John Foley told KHON2 his sister, Emily, was on board.
“She was about four seats in front of the guy,” Foley said. “She said she was pretty scared that she was on the plane with someone who was a possible threat, but she’s just glad they were able to get him off quick.”
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
There were 181 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane, American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the incident, according to a statement from the department. There are no other reports of disruptions, but the department said it is monitoring all flights Friday out of caution.
April 27, 2017, by Tribune Media Wire (The FBI investigates and determines when "you gotta go, you gotta go.")
MILWAUKEE – Passengers recorded video of a man being kicked off a Delta flight to Milwaukee last week after he used the bathroom while the plane was preparing for takeoff.
Kima Hamilton says the plane was delayed and he couldn’t wait any longer to use the restroom.
“Sometime later, we’re still taxied. The plane hadn’t moved and it’s at an emergency stage now,” he said.
Fellow passenger and lawyer Krista Rosolino was sitting next to Hamilton and started recording because she didn’t feel Delta was treating Hamilton like a person, “I’ve seen this happen on planes before and never heard of someone being removed.”
On the video, Hamilton tells the first worker: “It’s almost ironic that we don’t have the ten minutes to have this conversation, but we have an hour and a half to stall everyone.”
After a second Delta worker talks to Hamilton for several minutes, Hamilton decides to leave – and he’s greeted by FBI agents who decide not to arrest him.
“He said he came to arrest me, but after our conversation, he realized that some of the language that was associated with my name wasn’t accurate.”
Delta refunded part of Hamilton’s ticket cost – but he was left to find his own way back home to Milwaukee.
By Keshia Hannam
November 8, 2017
India’s biggest airline, IndiGo, has apologized to a passenger after a viral video showed him being aggressively tackled by its staff.
The footage showed two IndiGo staff members pinning a passenger to the ground after an argument, as reported by the BBC. The male passenger–identified by the airline as Rajiv Katiyal–shouts and attempts to fight back but is overpowered. It wasn’t clear from the footage what triggered the scuffle, which unfolded on the tarmac of Delhi airport where the plane had just landed.
IndiGo’s management fired the whistleblower who recorded the video, but not the employees responsible for the incident.
Happy New Year Captain!
Two pilots for Jet Airways, India's domestic and long-haul carrier, have been fired after a stunning incident that left the cockpit empty two times after a violent confrontation on a flight from London to Mumbai on New Year's Day.
The soap-opera worthy story began when a female captain left the flight deck in tears during the cruise phase. She had been slapped by a male captain who was serving as a co-pilot on the flight, reports say. As she stood in the galley sobbing, flight attendants sought to comfort her while also urging her to return to the flight deck, according to an account in the Times of India. "The co-pilot also kept buzzing (calling from the intercom in the cockpit) the crew, asking them to send the second pilot back," the newspaper reported.
When she would not return to her post, the co-pilot abandoned the controls to retrieve the captain, leaving the cockpit empty. Unbelievably, even after they both returned to the flight deck, the fight flared a second time, and the entire episode (minus the slapping, apparently) repeated itself. This time, passengers were aware of the fracas and they joined the flight attendants in concern for their safety — as might be expected.
Guess he didn't care for the cuisine...or the inflight company. Most folks just write a letter, not this fellow.
On Friday, CNN reported that a JetBlue passenger en route from Anchorage to Portland, Ore., stood up and urinated on passengers sitting in front of him and others around him. When the plane landed, he was arrested by Portland police, charged with criminal mischief and offensive littering, two misdemeanors, and later released. (Emphasis added by Captain H.)
In the annals of bad flights, this one certainly ranks among the most disgusting, but it is not a total outlier. Days later, an American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago was diverted, according to the ABC affiliate in Chicago, because of a passenger’s “erratic” behavior that witnesses said involved kicking a seat, kissing a flight attendant and then punching her in the face.
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(I think he is actually asking for
TWO more beers!)
And who can forget this passenger's untimely and less than graceful exit from his flight?
He Likes His Beer....
Unruly passenger arrested after allegedly launching midair tirade when denied more drinks.
An airline passenger on an American Airlines flight to Miami was arrested after he allegedly launched into a midair, profanity-laced tirade and traded punches with others on the plane who were trying to restrain him.
The whole incident was caught on tape after passenger Jason Felix began yelling at flight attendants over their refusal to sell him more alcohol, according to charging papers.
An off-duty police officer on the plane, dressed in a blue plaid shirt in the video, stepped in to try to restrain the unruly passenger, but Felix only became more enraged. Finally, another passenger talked down Felix and he calmed down.
A simple search of the Internet reveals about one of these notable events per month. I'm not an alarmist. I travel on airliners from time to time. It is - by and large - a safe means of public transportation.
But, when you fly with us....you know exactly who sits next to you. Your cabin mates are there at your invitation.
And while I cant promise one of our staff will never urge you to take your seat - A trip to the bathroom (unless you pull out your bazooka on the way) will never result in a call to the FBI!
Some of this stuff you just can't make up. Captain H.