Report: Passengers ‘Subdued’ Man On Flight

August 27, 2018

A passenger “gave a scare to a number” of other travelers when he “became unruly and violent,” according to the Antigua Observer, who reported that he “ripped a few seats on the flight and tried unsuccessfully to pry open the emergency exit in midair” before being subdued by other passengers, with the plane then diverting to Bermuda, where the man was removed.

This follows after a JetBlue flight — traveling from Antigua to New York — diverted to Bermuda on Friday evening, with the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, police and an ambulance all attending the scene.

A JetBlue spokesperson confirmed that the “flight diverted to Bermuda due to an unruly passenger” and “local law enforcement met the aircraft to remove the customer,” and we unofficially understand the passenger may have been transported to hospital for a mental health assessment.

The plane at Bermuda’s airport after diverting on Friday:

JetBlue 740 Diversion Airport Bermuda, August 24 2018-0502

The Antigua Observer’s story said, “A passenger on board a Jet Blue flight gave a scare to a number of Antiguans and Barbudans and other travelers when he became unruly and violent on the aircraft en route to New York.

“One passenger told Observer media the man ripped a few seats on the flight and tried unsuccessfully to pry open the emergency exit in midair.

“The traveler said six other passengers rushed from their seats to prevent the man from opening the exit. They wrestled with him and subdued him while the flight diverted to Bermuda where he was removed from the flight.”

The Antigua media outlet went on to quote one passenger as saying “ he had no idea what to think when the incident began to unfold but later passengers said they believed the unruly traveler was struggling with mental issues.”

You can read Bernews initial report here, and the full report from the Antigua Observer here.

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  1. Toodle-oo says:

    From the original article …

    sage says:
    August 25, 2018

    Remember to be drunk and violent before entering Bermuda airspace on an aircraft not registered here and you won’t be held accountable or be convicted.

    Sometimes it’s just better to remain silent , well you know the rest.

    • sage says:

      It’s called sarcasm.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        It’s wasn’t sarcasm at all. Your endless tirades about the evils of booze and people who enjoy a tipple responsibly are old and worn out.
        You never miss any chance to prop up your false claims about herb and how ‘safe’ it is .
        Sarcasm , yeah right. You jumped the gun yet again . Next time you read about an incident on a flight or a RTA keep your mouth shut until you know the facts.

  2. legalgal says:

    Unless you are foreign, then you’ll pay a massive fine. It’s a cottage industry.

  3. facts of the rock says:

    just give him the needles,game over!

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Highly unlikely that the door could have been opened with the pressure difference & locking mechanism but still, good on the passengers who gripped him.

    Whatever the reason he went nuts, hurtling 5 miles above the Earth at over 500MPH in an aluminium tube with a 100 frightened people is no place to be doing it.

  5. sage says:

    Apparently we have no legal jurisdiction over anyone in a plane coming here unless the incident occurs over our territorial waters or the plane is registered here. Since no one should be expected to go without a drink, even for only 2 hours, airlines continue to serve a dangerous drug known to cause violent behavior and bad decision making etc., etc. (this case was not alcohol related) and a browse through bernews archive would suggest it is a problem.