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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