U.S. Marines tackled a drunk passenger who became violent on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Los Angeles, stopping him from repeated attempts to kick a window open.
Marines Subdue Drunken Passenger On Virgin Atlantic
The incident occurred on a Virgin Atlantic flight 141, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operating from London Heathrow (LHR) to Los Angeles (LAX) on July 26, 2022.
A man described as “drunk” and “British” was cut off from further alcohol and made a big scene onboard just an hour into the flight, but calmed down and sat back down. A similar outburst occurred a few hours later when he tried for another drink and was again denied.
But it twas the third time that was the charm, with the man allegedly going crazy when he was still denied liquor about eight hours into the flight. He reportedly erupted in anger and attempted to kick open at least one window with the force of his feet. Other reports suggest he attempted to breach the cockpit.
A pair of U.S. Marines who were returning home from London tackled him and with the assistance of the crew, tied him up in the rear of economy class.
At this point, the captain made the decision to divert to Salt Lake City (SLC), where law enforcement met the aircraft and arrested the man (who was traveling with an American partner and young child). The aircraft then continued to Los Angeles, arriving only about an hour late.
The UK Sun reports that the commotion onboard caused a mother onboard to drop her baby, leaving the baby with minor injuries.
From the Halls of Montezuma to the cabin of Virgin Atlantic, U.S. Marines have stepped up when called upon. A pair of Marines deserves praise for quickly jumping in to subdue a passenger who probably should not have been allowed onboard in the first place.
Thankfully, injuries were limited to one baby (and I hope the parents will press charges if there are any lasting injuries). The drunken passenger faces charges today that might land up in jail for up to 20 years.
(image: Virgin Atlantic // H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)