In another savage incident of air rage, a man and his companion launched a foul verbal tirade against two JetBlue flight attendants after they were ejected from a flight over mask compliance issues. In the end, the man was dragged off the aircraft by an exasperated flight attendant.
Man Dragged Off JetBlue Flight After Verbally And Physically Assaulting Flight Attendants
Video begins with a man yelling at flight attendants and grabbing the arm of one and twisting it (the flight attendant artfully resisted). That’s clearly-documented, unambiguous assault. He was angry about being removed for not wearing his mask properly and reads the flight attendants the riot act, cursing them out for what he views as an unfair reaction. The man maintains that “I only got one warning” and complains that he fixed the issue when flight attendants confronted him.
A warning: the video is filled with filthy language:
Here it is from a different angle:
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While the man is the pathetic star of the video, his companion suddenly appears walking up the aisle of the aircraft, also screaming about how they were unfairly treated. Dozens of passengers had cameras pulled out and were videoing the incident. She tells them:
“It fell down his face and we apologized and fixed it, but it wasn’t good enough for them.”
(she says a lot more as well, that I will not repeat here)
Folks, this is really bad behavior. I’m absolutely amazed at how well the flight attendants handled it. While I hope I could have handled it with similar grace, I felt like punching the guy in the face just watching it, especially after he twisted the arm of the flight attendant. Over three minutes of profanity is included in the video and it isn’t clear how long this went on before the camera started rolling.
I hope he is charged with assault, heavily fined for not observing the mask mandate, banned from traveling on future JetBlue flights, and faces some prison time to serve as a strong deterrent not to act this way again. It is not clear if alcohol or drugs are involved, but does it matter? The behavior is simply deplorable and EVEN IF HE WAS UNFAIRLY SINGLED OUT, there is no excuse in the world to justify the manner in which he speaks to the two flight attendants.
Was he really dragged off the plane? Not like Dr. David Dao, but he was forced to follow through the application of steady force. That’s the definition of dragging. It appeared he would have left anyway, but wanted to retrieve his belongings. However, flight attendants would not even let him step back into the aisle in order to do so. That was a wise choice: there is no telling what he would have done if back deeper on the aircraft.
Flight attenders really have a lot on their plate these days with idiots like this to contend with. I hope this guy and his companion have the books thrown at them.