Lately we’ve been reading all sorts of stories about poor passenger behavior related to masks or drunkenness. While somewhat concerning, neither really rise to the level of being scary. But a cryptic incident that took place earlier today on American Airlines rises to that level.
Scary: Cryptic Incident Onboard American Airlines
A man was detained at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) after his American Airlines flight, AA2392 from Orlando (MCO), arrived at 9:30am. Police initially said that the unidentified man tried to break into the flight deck area during the flight.
But the police later issued a correction noting he had not tried to physically gain access to the cockpit. So what happened? According to the police:
“The subject allegedly told one of the flight attendants that he wanted to speak with the pilot upon approach, approximately 80 miles out of PHL – and then subsequently ran back to his seat.”
Now I don’t know about you, but that’s a genuinely scary, unlike a sloshed passenger without a mask. The plane was descending and minutes from the airport. For what purpose would this man want to speak to the captain? And then you run back to your seat?
A male passenger and male flight attendant sat down next to the passenger until the aircraft landed. There was no further incident onboard the Airbus A321.
After being interviewed by police, the man was taken to a hospital for observation.
American Airlines confirmed that the man was “making alarming statements” and “exhibiting erratic behavior.” A spokesperson added:
“The cabin crew took precautionary measures and monitored the customer who remained seated for the remainder of the flight. Upon arrival at the gate, Philadelphia police met the aircraft and placed the individual in custody.”
A man who demands to speak to the captain as the plane is landing and then sprints back to his seat before a flight attendant can respond is going to get my heart racing. In fact, my heart races even just thinking about it. Perhaps I’m still part of the cursed 9/11 generation (remember, terrorism is more about instilling fear than actually inflicting physical harm), but this incident just does not sit well with me.
Would this man have raised your alarm bells or would you have brushed it off?