Wednesday, June 19, 2013

VIDEO: United Airlines pilot attacked by drunk passenger at US airport (explicit)

Drunk passenger attacked US airline captain at airportWarning: There’s a lot of shock value in this video, with drunken behaviour, swearing and unnecessary violence. If that’s likely to offend you, I have some cool photos from a flying display at Paris Airshow featuring the British Airways A380… click here to view them!

If you’ve stuck around, then here’s a quick summary of the story. A passenger at Washington Dulles International Airport gets very, very drunk. His flight was possibly delayed. He picks a fight with a United Airlines pilot. Pilot tells drunk man he’s not flying in his drunken state, after which the passenger swears A LOT and says he would punch the pilot’s lights out if the TSA weren’t around.

Eventually, things turn violent and the pilot is attacked (but keeps restrained and doesn’t seem to hit back), much to the shock of others in the airport. The passenger is then pinned down to the floor until security arrives with handcuffs. All of this was filmed by a member of the public.

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The video, which you can watch below, was featured on liveleak.com earlier today without too much information. Media reports have since identified the passenger as 53-year-old Donald Gee, who was taken into custody after the incident. He was jailed and released after posting $2,500 bond, authorities said.

A United Airlines spokesman told WJLA: "Violence against our employees is unacceptable and we will review this closely. We are fully cooperating with authorities and do not have further comment at this time."

What are your views on the situation? What is the best approach that airline and airport staff can take when dealing with drunk passengers? Did the captain here approach the situation correctly or did he somehow provoke the passenger? Leave your comments below!

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19 comments :

  1. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonJune 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Scandalous. Provoked or not, this passenger under the influence of alcohol has no right to hit anybody. I hope he got arrested and wasn't able to take his flight. Shame on him.

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  2. And........Arrested.

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  3. Guillermo Gustavo GomezJune 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Where is security.... eating donuts????

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  4. He should never be allowed to fly again. Being drunk is not a excuse for that behavior. Any passenger that attacks any air crew member should be put on a Never Fly list.

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    1. Assalam Alaykum. I agree with Robert Touchtone. 

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  5. Welcome to America :/

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  6. Being drunk does not relief you from your responsibilities to control your behaviour. What a dumbass!
    Cool pilot able to control himself.

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  7. Just to be accurate,
    This was not a United Pilot. It looks to be an United Express Pilot.
    (Which United Express company I do not know and there are many companies that have United Express contracts.)
    Bravo to the Captain and his FO...cool under assault.
    Bravo to public for coming to the Capt's aid.

    If it was United, United Marketing would have fired the Captain anyway.

    NO Captain authority at United and no Company support. Everybody knows that.





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  8. Well, sorry to read the last two sentences of your response. I was thinking (until you showed you are as ignorant as the assailant) that you had posted a nice response. I was a United captain and I can assure you that UAL (or UAL Express) would have protected the Captain to the fullest extent of the law if he did nothing wrong.

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  9. I am an active United Pilot and an attorney. It was obviously not United, but United Express since the incident took place in the A concourse, but that is not relevant. The traveling public is out of control and I commend the pilot and his fellow pilots and pax for they way they handled the situation. I also disagree with the statement that United or United express would fire the pilot. Assault and Battery is a felony, public drunkenness is no defense and the pax should be charged with a felony in the DC courts and should be charged with interfering with a crew member, a federal offense.

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    1. ALPA says the guy was a d/h UAL 757 f/o.

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    2. IAD is in Virginia, not DC...

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  10. Only question...why did this pilot egg the drunk on. Call security and have him hauled away. End of story.

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  11. Sean FitzpatrickJune 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    First off, that incident took place at the commuter terminal at IAD and the pilot involved was probably an employee of a United Express franchisee, not United Airlines. This was a matter for the police and the pilot showed poor judgement in using George Bush style "bring it on language".

    As a Station Manager and Airport Supervisor I have had some pretty bad altercations including putting myself between a drunk and one of my employees who was about to get a punch in the face.

    I don't know how quickly the police were called or how quickly they responded but it was a matter for them to handle and should not have been exacerbated by a the pilot. At the first sign of potential violence the gate agent should have called the police. Remember, if that guy had thrown something like a stanchion it could have easily severely injured someone and I can imagine just how unsettling that situation would have been to any children present.

    The guy was a drunk and obviously potentially violent idiot, police should handle them.

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  12. I like how he just hands the log to the other captain right before he gets punched.

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  13. Clearly, the passenger should be in jail. However, the conduct of the airline pilot is also questionable. This pilot has received the same training the rest of us did. When a passenger or customer is disruptive or threatening, the employee is directed to "disengage" and immediately report the problem to the TSA or other law enforcement. He did not; rather he continued to verbally spar with the obviously drunk customer until the fellow was provoked.

    An obvious follow-up question is: "How did this guy get by TSA?" Unless he got drunk after going through screening.

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  14. What ever happened to the days when flying was glamorous? People used to get dressed up just to get on the plane. Now we have these crazy people on board.

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  15. Although I couldn't hear each and every word it looks like the guy was sitting down, resigned to the fact that he was in the wrong. It appears that the pilot said something that got this guy enraged. Obviously he was in the wrong, but I think the pilot was instrumental in taking this situation to the next level.

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  16. What scares me the most is the fact that there are people laughing about the whole situation, even after the agression.

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