Wednesday, July 3, 2013

VIDEO: Watch the moment a violent passenger is tasered by police at US airport

Alma Osborn was expecting a routine flight from Portland International Airport a couple of weeks ago. However, due to a security incident, her final moments before boarding the aircraft were more dramatic than anticipated.

“It’s scary,” commented Alma Osborn after witnessing the situation. “It’s very scary.”

So what exactly happened to cause this reaction? Well, there’s a video clip below, which probably says it all... however, before watching the mobile phone footage, let me provide a quick summary.

Three people were trying to board their Spirit Airlines flight near Gate D4 at the airport. However, the group was described as so intoxicated that airline staff decided not to let them board.

One of the men, 25-year-old Tejawn Edwards, reacted by shouting, using explicit language and making verbal threats toward Spirit Airlines employees.

As a result – as you’ll watch in the video – police officers decided to taser him with a stun gun, knocking Tajawn Edwards to the floor. He was later escorted from the premises and apparently charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and attempted assault of a public safety officer.

Back to our witness, Alma Osborn, who told media afterwards than despite the situation being “scary… very scary”, at least it happened in the airport terminal and not during the flight.

“You don’t know what can happen when he is in the plane,” Osborn was quoted as saying. “He could be screaming or doing who knows what.”

Edwards was taken into custody and booked into Multnomah County Jail. He also was charged with attempted assault of a public safety officer.

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  1. Brooks HoltzendorffJuly 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Better that they apprehended him before he became unruly on a flight.

  2. So much better to do it before they boarded than after when people could have been injured.

  3. People didn't act like this when I was a child. How embarrassing to him, his family, his employer, the people he works with not to mention any children he may have now or in the future. His name will be forever linked to this type of anti-social behavior and will have a negative effect on his descendants.

  4. I'm sure he deserved this. We are missing a lot of context here, esp. with the blocking of the "perp" by the phone bank. But I for one am very grateful for the strong support the Airport Police give me on the plane. Idiots have no place on an airplane.


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