A video has been released of a pilot tackling an intoxicated passenger accused of assaulting a flight attendant.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Michael Kerr of Lexington, Kentucky, drank three whiskeys during a flight to Charlotte July 21. After the plane taxied to the gate, he became belligerent with pilots and flight attendants.
“Move, move, move,” Kerr told flight staff blocking the exit.
The pilot told Kerr, “Take a seat. I said take a seat, sir.” When Kerr said he didn’t want to sit down, the pilot replied, “I don't care what you want to do, you're going to take a seat right now.”
In the video, Kerr appears to attempt to push past them and shove a flight attendant to the floor.
The pilot jumped forward to subdue Kerr and yelled, “You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant!”
After Kerr was restrained, he told the pilot, “Whatever you do is going on Facebook.”
According to the Observer, Kerr has been charged with “being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant.” He was released on $25,000 bond and was ordered by the judge not to fly on commercial airlines while he awaits trial.
A spokesperson for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA told the Observer, “We have seen an increase in these incidents throughout the industry.”
"The biggest frustration is delays and cancellations, and that has the added problem of people sitting at airports and going to a bar and drinking alcohol," the spokesperson added. "Alcohol is a leading cause of air-rage incidents, as it seems to be in this case."
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