A Utah man is facing a steep fine and prison time after assaulting a female passenger with a razor blade on a JetBlue flight.
Utah Man Holds Razor Blade To Woman’s Throat On JetBlue Flight To Salt Lake City
Merrill Darrell Fackrell, 41, has been charged with two crimes:
- assault with a dangerous weapon on or near an aircraft
- carrying a weapon on a flight
According to the arrest report, Fackrell boarded JetBlue flight 871 from New York (JFK) to Salt Lake City (SLC) on Monday, November 21, 2022 with a concealed straight-edge razor.
Onboard, Merrill Darrell Fackrell, 41 was seated in a window seat next to a married couple. During the flight, he turned to the woman, seated in the middle seat, and told her to pause her movie while placing his hands over her screen.
She lowered her headphones, noticing that Fackrell was holding the razor blade just inches from her neck. The woman’s husband went to the front of the aircraft to get assistance from the flight attendant (um, what?) and the woman lunged for the aisle to escape. While doing so, Fackrell reached and tried to stop her by grabbing her shoulder.
Again, what was her husband thinking? Hey dude, you evacuate your wife first, then get a flight attendant. There’s also this cool thing called a flight attendant call button right up there by the air vent and light. You just have to press it and a flight attendant will come to you. Yelling also works.
I just cannot believe, at least according to the Department of Justice press release, that the guy abandoned his wife while she had a razor aimed at her neck.
The razor, later identified as a Facon wood-handled straight edge razor, was later secured. The flight did not divert. Alcohol is thought to be involved in Fackrell’s behavior.
Some details are missing and I don’t mean to throw the husband under the bus unless warranted, but if he ran while his wife was under attack, I’d say he might be the bigger problem for her than the idiot with the razor blade (not that she cannot take care of herself, but is chivalry dead?).
As for Fackrell, I hope he must atone for his indiscretion and is self-accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The TSA staff who let him through should also be fired.