The plight of unruly passengers aboard flights continues after an alleged drunken man was tackled by crew as he tried to re-board a Southwest Airlines plane.
According to CBS Chicago, the passenger was kicked off a Chicago-bound flight from Las Vegas on Monday night after he allegedly locked himself in a bathroom and refused to come out.
After flight crew members coaxed the man out of the bathroom and kicked him off the flight, the screaming passenger tried to rush back on board the plane, violently pushing past other people before being tackled by a Southwest employee.
The man was subdued and zip-tied to a seat before Las Vegas cops arrived to remove him.
“He was violently getting back on the plane, like pushing people, so one of the guards tackled him in front of my feet,” fellow passenger Molly O’Malley told CBS Chicago. “He was acting very inappropriate.”
In a statement, Southwest Airlines acknowledged the incident, stating employees are “trained to deny boarding to passengers who appear to be intoxicated, as well as to address passengers who become unruly and/or create a disturbance in flight.”
- May 25: A Toronto-bound flight from Costa Rica was grounded in Miami to boot an alleged drunk and unruly passenger.