Four off-duty prison guards and two flight attendants on a JetBlue flight from London to New York were called on to restrain an unhinged and inebriated passenger onboard. But somehow the intoxicated passenger walked away in New York without any charges.
Passengers Subdue Inebriated Man On JetBlue, But He Manages To Escape Arrest
The incident occurred on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, on JetBlue flight 1926 from London (LGW) to New York (JFK). A man was traveling with a woman and began acting erratically. He became more aggressive and began moving seats, such that the crew noticed him.
The crew also noticed he had an open bottle of liquor on his tray table and it wasn’t one of the minis served onboard…it was illicit alcohol brought onboard by the man.
With his behavior growing more boisterous, four off-duty prison guards jumped into to restrain the man. This prompted the man to resist, but was greatly outnumbered by the four men plus two flight attendants. In video shared on social media, the man’s female companion could be heard pleading for him to stop resisting:
“Ben, Ben, stop fighting them. Stop fighting them!”
Ben eventually did stop fighting and rather than diverting, the flight reached its intended destination in New York.
So this happened on a @JetBlue flight out of @Gatwick_Airport to New York. 4 British prison officers detained a drunk, violently aggressive male who had threatened his female companion and aircrew. They managed to restrain him and prevent the flight being diverted 1/2 pic.twitter.com/M5WmZOADOV
— Nick ❤️🤍 (@TheGunnerNick) January 31, 2024
Oddly, no arrests were made: the man simply walked off the flight as if nothing had happened.
JetBlue issued the following statement on the flight:
“On Tuesday, January 30, a customer on board flight 1926 with service from London to New York, began acting erratically and aggressively toward his travel companion and members of the inflight crew.
“The crew also discovered an opened bottle of liquor the customer had brought on board and indications of intoxication. For everyone’s safety, the customer was restrained with the assistance of other customers who were witnessing this threatening behavior.
“We appreciate our customers’ assistance and understanding during this incident and apologize for the experience,”
While no arrests were made, the Federal Aviation Administration has vowed to investigate the incident, meaning “Ben” could still end up facing a hefty fine for his intoxication onboard.
It took four passengers and two flight attendants to restrain an intoxicated passenger on a JetBlue flight from London to New York. The man had become boisterous after illicitly consuming alcohol he had brought onboard.
The mystery here is why he was not charged: will he escape all criminal liability for his conduct or will he eventually “face the music” via a fine from the FAA?
image: screen grabs from @TheGunnerNick / X