A man faces a steep fine and prison time after swearing at flight attendants and maliciously urinating in the rear galley of a Southwest Airlines flight while waiting for a lavatory to open.
Man Arrested For Threatening Flight Attendants, Urinating In Rear Galley On Southwest Airlines Flight
33-year-old Samson Hardridge rose to use the lavatory shortly after takeoff on a Southwest Airlines flight 474 from Dallas (DAL) to Burbank, CA (BUR) on February 18, 2022. Both lavatories were occupied and he stood in the galley to wait for one to open.
But flight attendants, who were preparing for the beverage service, asked him to wait in the aisle. For reasons which are not clear, the request incensed Hardridge. He then crudely asked the flight attendants, both female, if they would like to see his penis. Although they quickly declined, he pulled it out and urinated in a corner of the galley near the emergency exit door. According to an FBI affidavit, he angrily called the flight attendants “dumb bitches.”
Fearing for their own safety and those of others onboard, the flight attendants asked that the plane immediately be diverted. The captain agreed and the flight diverted to Albuquerque (ABQ) where Hardridge was arrested.
On Wednesday, Hardridge made an initial appearance in court and will have a detention hearing later today.
Hardridge’s antics are sure to bolster calls for a national no-fly list, as proposed by Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
While it isn’t clear if intoxication is involved, Hardridge’s actions are as curious as they are deplorable. He now faces a maximum fine of $250,000 and a jail sentence of 20 years, though likely will receive a far smaller penalty.
How would you have responded had Hardridge did this in front of you?
(image: Southwest Airlines // H/T: Paddle Your Own Kannoo)