When you fight with your partner, it’s generally a good idea not to accuse the other of having a bomb… especially when on an airline flight. I happen to think this particular Breeze Airways flight diversion was unnecessary, but the couple has only themselves to blame.
Breeze Airways Flight Diverts After Bickering Couple Resort To Bomb Threats
A couple traveling from Orlando (MCO) to Providence (PVD) on Breeze Airways flight 717 last night got into a verbal argument before the flight even took off. The fight continued in the air and became so intense that one accused the other of having a bomb while the other accused her man of having weapons.
From a passenger account as noted by CBS 47:
“The guy said I’ll tell people you have a bomb in your bag and she said I’ll tell them you have weapons on you.”
When passengers around them heard this, they naturally alerted flight attendants. Upon consultation with the captain, it was determined that the flight would immediately divert to Jacksonville (JAX). Just 45 minutes after takeoff, the flight touched down in Jacksonville.
Law enforcement officers boarded the aircraft and led the couple off the plane in handcuffs. On his way out, the man (very nicely, I thought) apologized to other passengers for interrupting their travel plans.
Unfortunately, the flight was canceled. Passengers were told to secure their own accommodation and they would be paid back. The flight, operating today as Breeze flight 8717, took off from Jacksonville at 11:30 am this morning.
Was A Diversion Necessary?
There’s such a shocking lack of trust in the TSA.
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Even so, these folks went through TSA security like everyone else. Their bags were searched and they walked through a metal detector or body scanner. By all accounts, the fight was verbal, not physical.
If we have any faith in the TSA, why don’t we trust that they do their jobs?
This was a very costly diversion, not just in monetary terms, but in terms of time for all the passengers onboard.
This strikes me as the type of situation in which “better safe than sorry” is outweighed by a bit of common sense. You tell the passengers to shut up. You separate them. Issue them a warning that they will be arrested in Providence. Zip-tie them if necessary. Gag them. But for goodness sake, the frequency of diversions which seems so unique to the United States and the United Kingdom seems to me to be overkill.
A Breeze Airways flight diverted to Jacksonville after a bickering couple resorted to bomb threats. I tend to think the diversion was unnecessary, but the prerogative is always left with the captain and I also at least can understand the better safe than sorry approach.
The couple still have only themselves to blame. I hope Breeze sends them a big bill for all the expenses that resulted from their lack of self-control.
What are your thoughts on this Breeze Airways diversion?
(Hat Tip: PYOK)