An airplane pilot gave an unruly passenger a dose of pilot justice he most likely won’t forget for quite a while.
Michael Kerr, 25, was on board an American Airlines flight from Lexington, Kentucky, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 21 when he refused to take his seat just after the plane made its way to the gate after landing. He not only refused to sit down — he threatened to break one attendant’s jaw.
Kerr, who had three drinks that contained Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey while on board, made his way to the front of the plane, kicked one flight attendant and knocked another to the floor, reported the Charlotte Observer.
That’s when the pilot and co-pilot interceded and took Kerr to the floor. The unidentified pilots used seat belts to restrain Kerr until authorities arrived.
Video footage of the scene showed the pilot taking Kerr to the floor of the plane telling him, “You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant!”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers drug Kerr off the plane kicking, yelling and spitting.
Watch the video below:
Kerr appeared before U.S. District Court on Monday and was charged with being intoxicated and disruptive, assault, issuing threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew. He was also banned from flying on commercial airlines while awaiting trial.
He was released on $25,000 bond, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA issued a statement about the incident that claimed there has been an increase in these types of incidents. Delays and cancellations cause frustration, which contributes to the problem of passengers going to airport bars and drinking.
“Alcohol is a leading cause of air-rage incidents, as it seems to be in this case,” it said.
Hopefully, Kerr learned a valuable lesson in manners and drinking too much alcohol.
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