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Dramatic video as police taser naked man at busy airport

October 8, 2014 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Police acted quickly when confronted by a crazed naked man leaping wildly into the air and shouting incomprehensibly at the world’s busiest airport.

Instead of trying to take down the unarmed man physically, a policeman drew his Taser pistol and shot electric darts into the man, as shown in a dramatic video filmed by a fellow passenger.

The only phrase bystanders at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport could understand from the agitated man’s yelling before being Tasered was “never gonna happen, please no!”

Then it did happen. A policeman fired his Taser, as seen seen in the 19-second video here. Details of the man’s nakedness have been pixelated out in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4f_nkW5J5A 

Perhaps the weirdest thing about the whole incident is that the man was wandering around stark naked for 20 minutes at Delta Gate 21 while waiting for his flight to Los Angeles, witnesses said. Where was his boarding pass or ID? Where were his clothes?

Delta gate agents all tried not to notice the man – no-one wanted to be the first to take action. Waiting passengers seemed pretty relaxed about the naked man’s behaviour, regarding the scene as sideshow entertainment rather than any kind of threat.

It changed quickly when police arrived. Tasers, also carried by some police forces in Australia, are electroshock weapons designed as non-lethal alternatives for police to use in subduing belligerent, fleeing or potentially dangerous people.

After being Tasered, the naked passenger, said to be a 23-year-old flying Delta Air Lines, was arrested, taken to hospital for medical evaluation and reportedly later discharged. Drugs or psychosis are suspected. He will likely face criminal charges.

It is illegal for adults to walk around nude in public at airports – although nakedness generally ensures that you can pass through the security scanner at the boarding gate without setting off the metal-detector alarm.

Written by : Peter Needham

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