After attempting to break into the cockpit then opening an exit door on a United Express flight, a 33-year-old man now faces up to 20 years in prison.
Poor Behavior On United Airlines Flight May Lead To Lengthy Prison Sentence
Luis Antonio Victoria Dominguez was flying United Express on flight UA5365 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Salt Lake City (SLC). Shortly after pushback, he reportedly rushed to the front of the aircraft and tried to strong-arm his way into the flight deck.
The Mexican national brushed past a seated flight attendant and began banging on the door then attempting to turn the doorknob When that didn’t work, he turned toward an emergency exit door.
Another passenger intervened, but Dominguez wiggled away from him as well, managed to open the door, then jumped out. Although the emergency slide did inflate and delay, Dominguez missed it and fell hard on the tarmac pavement below, breaking his leg.
But even with a broken leg, he attempted to crawl away, though he was quickly apprehended and transported to an area hospital. His injuries required surgery.
While initial hijacking charges were dropped, Dominguez faces up to 20 years in prison for interference with flight crew members.
His motive for the outburst is not clear. Bars have re-opened and resumed service at LAX, but the initial report does not link Dominguez’s behavior to alcohol or drug intoxication.
You have to wonder what was going through his mind when he decided to get up and rush the cockpit door. Did he think he was strong enough to break it down? Did he think that by replying the slide and jumping out he would evade arrest? Incidents like this suggest that even when the mask mandate is over, we will still have instances of passenger misbehavior onboard, just as we have had for decades.