Another Man Makes Trouble On an Airplane
On the heels of last week's sad event in Miami, a Northwest flight from LA to Honolulu encountered some on-board disturbance on Friday. An unidentified Mexican man apparently made repeated threats to a young couple's sleeping infant, ignored flight crew instructions (like "go back to your seat"), and eventually charged the cockpit.
Four business class passengers brought the lunatic down.
"He was behaving very strangely," [the baby's father] Jean-Francois said. "Stand up. Sit down. He was not listening to the orders of the crew.
"He looked mentally affected. His mind was not all there. ... He had a (cell phone) cord in his hand. We started to be afraid of that because it could be a weapon. ... He said to the flight attendant that he wanted to kill the baby."
Cheers to the business class passengers' vigilance and willingness to act. Jeers to the flight crew for not dealing with the individual earlier.
If continued refusal to reclaim your own seat (in favor of one closer to the cockpit) isn't enough to win you the plastic handcuffs, threatening to kill a passenger ought to do the trick. Sprinting for the cockpit shouldn't be the back-breaking straw.
Handcrafted by Flip on December 11, 2005 |
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