According to US media reports, a Bermudian man helped restrain an unruly passenger after he rushed the front of the plane yesterday [May 25] in Miami.
Passenger Malik Cann told WSVN-Ch.7 that he was a trained security officer from Bermuda and helped restrain the man, who was subsequently arrested by the FBI.
“I gripped him straight by his arm,” Mr Cann said, “We didn’t allow him to harm anyone. He was screaming, ‘Get me off the plane! Get me off the plane!”
Mr Cann told WSVN that flight attendants tried to calm Mr Snider down by speaking to him. After he refused, two male passengers joined the flight attendants to try to reassure the man.
When he continued to refuse, Mr Cann said he stepped in and locked Snider’s arm behind his back to subdue him. “I actually extended my hand to shake his hand and maneuvered and flipped him,” he said.
Mr Cann also said he acted as he was concerned for the safety of children and elderly women who were seated in the immediate area.
Canadian Ryan Snider was arrested after the incident aboard the American Airlines flight which was traveling from Montego Bay, Jamaica to Miami International Airport
The plane pulled into the gate at Miami International Airport at 10:12am, and the passengers held Mr Snider down until authorities arrived on board and took him off the flight.
“We had what appeared to be a ‘disoriented’ male passenger who stood up at his seat in the main cabin after landing in Miami as the flight was taxiing in,” American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told Reuters.
“He did not obey crew member instructions to sit down and then moved toward the front of the aircraft where he was subdued.”
The FBI said, that Mr Snider is in federal custody and is expected to face federal charges, which may include interference with a flight crew. It is anticipated that his initial appearance will be Tuesday in federal court in Miami, Florida.
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