What a flight…kudos to JetBlue for its handling of what was a very volatile situation after a man refused to wear a mask, snorted cocaine onboard, and harassed other passengers.
JetBlue Flight Diverts After Man Harasses Other Passengers After Ingesting Cocaine Onboard
We report on a lot of bad behavior in the skies on Live and Let’s Fly, but I can’t think of situation worse than what occurred on JetBlue 915 from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) on Sunday. The flight diverted to Minneapolis (MSP) after a passenger onboard:
- Annoyed another passengers (possibly in the gate area as well)
- Engaged in unwanted touching, particularly directed toward a female passenger
- Made multiple trips to the bathroom
- Refused to wear his mask repeatedly
- Made knife stabbing motions towards other passengers
- Was observed “snorting a white substance”
- Left traces of a “white substance” at his seat, which flight attendants noticed during one of his frequent trips to the lavatory
You can listen to the captain’s full explanation here:
Uhhh my @JetBlue flight JFK-SFO just got diverted to MSP because an anti-masker was snorting coke in the bathroom and sexually harassing another passenger… props for to the crew for dealing with this maniac. @OneMileataTime @garyleff pic.twitter.com/CABOec8P3j
— Matt Kawashima (@mattkawashima) May 16, 2021
“There was a man annoying another passenger and unwanted touching, possibly inadvertent, maybe intentional, unknown. Multiple trips to the bathroom. The flight attendants were able to move that passenger so she felt more comfortable.
“After several more ‘put on your mask, put on your mask, put on your mask’ bathroom trips, he started antagonizing other passengers, and made knife stabbing motions at another passenger.
“He was also observed [displaying] erratic behavior and snorting a white substance. Activity towards the flight attendants and other passengers, more than two… it became more than two felt threatened by his abusive language and the actions I’ve already told you.
“The viewing of the snorting of the white substance, when he went to the bathroom, they picked up his tray table, the garbage around his area was discovered a bag with a white substance in it.”
Passengers gasped as the captain mentioned he was snorting a white substance. At the conclusion of the captain’s explanation, passengers broke out in applause.
I’ve got news for you buddy: a big fine is coming your way. It’s unwise to snort cocaine at all, but especially onboard an aircraft. Refusing to wear a mask then harassing other passengers will only add to your fine. I’m expecting something in the $50K+ ballpark…