Bizarre examples of unruly behaviour sometimes erupt on the world’s airlines, but a disturbing video sheds light on how bad things might become if airport security was not in place to check passengers before they board.
The video shows panicked scenes on a crowded New York subway train when a passenger, identified as Zaida Pugh, 21, brought 300 live crickets and 200 worms into a carriage and released them before being arrested.
Pugh, an aspiring actress, apparently posed as a deranged woman. She asked busy commuters if they would like to buy live crickets and worms. Witnesses say a group of teen boys confronted her and sent the worms and insects flying, landing on passengers and causing mass panic.
A video clip reflects 16 seconds of madness and screaming as crickets run around the floor:
Reports say Pugh later urinated on herself and attempted to vomit during the chaos, to add drama to the proceedings.
After another passenger pulled the emergency brake, the train was stuck on the Manhattan Bridge for half an hour. Pugh was taken for a psychiatric evaluation and then released.
There’s more of the insanity here:
Pugh later said the entire stunt was a social experiment designed to shed light on how homeless people are treated in public places. She now faces charges of reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration, false reporting an incident and disorderly conduct, the New York Daily News reported.
Airport security generally stops such people before they can board an aircraft. Anyone carrying hundreds of insects would be detained – hopefully – but there is little security on the New York subway or on most other city public transport systems.
Written by Peter Needham