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Crew prepared to scald crazed Jesus-and-wine passenger

March 12, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A flight attendant boiled a pot of water in the galley in case she needed to defend herself against a belligerent passenger who kept swearing, muttering about Jesus and demanding multiple glasses of wine, court documents allege.

The man is said to have terrorised a cabin crew, demanded three glasses of wine to drink at once and occasionally preached in the name of Jesus.

The one-man circus was travelling on a Southwest Airlines flight that eventually had to make an emergency diversion to Portland in Oregon to get rid of him, court documents say.

The trouble started when the man boarded the flight in Seattle and claimed that he had a first-class ticket and wanted to be seated in FIA-250x250first class. Attendants informed him that the flight, bound for Sacramento, California, had no first-class seating. He had apparently imagined the first class ticket.

Attendants then asked the man three times to stow his luggage, according to a criminal complaint filed in US District court in Portland.

“I do what I want,” the man is said to have replied.

Even before take-off, the man was so desperate for alcohol he repeatedly pressed the call button and demanded liquor. His use of foul and threatening language, interspersed with religious ramblings and shouts of “Jesus loves you!” caused a nearby passenger and her daughter to demand to be moved.

Amazingly, the plane took off regardless, as the man repeatedly hit the call button, swore and demanded alcohol.

As soon as the plane reached cruising altitude, the man pounded the call button and said he had an emergency. His emergency was that he needed three glasses of wine to drink at once.

When told he could have only one at a time, his behaviour grew worse, records say.

The suspect then started displaying gang signs. Flight attendants became so frightened that one asked another passenger to help her restrain the suspect if he became violent, while another attendant busied herself boiling a pot of water to fling at the man if he tried to approach the flight deck.

After the plane diverted, police led the suspect away. He reportedly told authorities he had been smoking “purple hash” before the flight, the Oregonian newspaper reported. He was later charged with interfering with flight crew members.

Written by : Peter Needham

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