An agitated man on a United Airlines flight allegedly bit the ear off one passenger and broke the nose of another during a bloody brawl likely fueled by drugs.
United Airlines Passenger Goes On Attack, Bites Ear Off Seatmate
Here’s a summary of what occurred as first reported by WCSC 5, the CBS affiliate in Charleston:
- The incident occurred on United Airlines flight 728 from Newark to Miami on Wednesday morning
- In-flight, the man rose to use the lavatory
- According to his seatmate, he “seemed very agitated” when he returned
- The man became “restless” and “bounced around his seat”
- He then requested water from a flight attendant and stood up to retrieve some pills from his bag in the overhead bin
- When he sat back down, he began to “scream and thrash around”
- His seatmate held up his arm to protect himself, but was struck with a closed first on the right side of his face
- That impact broke his glasses
- The man then ripped into his seatmate’s ear, causing deep lacerations (the police report uses the phrase “bitten off”)
- Other passengers restrained the man
- During the altercation, the passenger purportedly broke the nose of another passenger
- A third passenger was punched in the head
- Passnegers secured the man with zip ties and a belt and he was held, face-down on the floor
- The captain diverted the flight to Charleston
- Police arrested the man, John Yurkovich, and found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket
- He was charged with possession with intent to distribute
- His bond has been set at $50,000
It still isn’t clear how and at what moment the seatmate’s ear was attacked. I’ve reached out to United Airlines for more info.
What a horrible story–and nothing to do with masks. It is a bit scary to think you can be sitting on a flight, minding your own business, and suddenly be viciously attacked by your seatmate. But welcome to 2021!
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