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“Please Don’t Arrest Me!”: Another Passenger Was Bloodied, Dragged Off of A Plane

“Please Don’t Arrest Me!”: Another Passenger Was Bloodied, Dragged Off of A Plane
Jeff Edwards

A concerned passenger captured cellphone footage of police roughly treating a disturbed man who had earlier locked himself in the lavatory of a San Francisco to Hawaii-bound Alaska Airlines flight. The whistleblower and mother of two says the crew and law enforcement failed to control the situation, which predictably and needlessly turned violent.

In most cases, when a troublemaking passenger is removed from a flight, air travelers tend to express gratitude or at least relief that the crew managed to head off a potential crisis. Lindsey Babb says, however, that far from inspiring confidence, Alaska Airlines’ mishandling of a situation in which a disturbed man locked himself in the lavatory, left her wishing she could disembark along with police and the disruptive flyer.

The concerned mom traveling with her two young daughters from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) took cellphone footage of portions of the often violent exchange with police and crew members on September 27th. She says there was no reason for the brutal scene to have played out in front of passengers in the first place.

“We should not have been on that plane,” Babb told the SF Gate. “We should have been de-boarded the minute Alaska Airlines felt they lost control of the situation. He was locked in the bathroom, so they could have easily cleared the plane before [police] came on board.”

She says that after police broke down the lavatory door to remove the passenger from the aircraft, the confused flyer attempted to sit in his assigned seat. This is when the heartbreaking (and she says unnecessary) struggle ensued.

“They [police] still didn’t have control of the situation because he was walking independently, they didn’t have restraints on him,” Babb explained to the the Gate’s Eric Ting. “His shirt was off, he was soaking wet, and one of his officers was holding his shirt, which was also soaking wet.”

Video of the incident shows the obviously disoriented flyer attempting to take his seat and begging police, “Please don’t arrest me!” Babb says the resulting struggle left police officers’ hands “covered in blood.”

Babb told reporters that the airline responded to her concerns about the way the situation was handled by offering reimbursement vouchers for the flight. She says, however, no one from Alaska Airlines has followed up since.

“The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority,” the airline said in a curt statement to FOX News. “A guest entered the bathroom and would not come out … The flight crew contacted law enforcement to remove the passenger. The flight departed about two hours late. We sincerely apologize to our guests for the inconvenience.”

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8 Comments

  1. Tack

    October 5, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Lol. Lady wtf? Another first time flyer with no clue on a cheap ticket ticket to Hawaii. What’s her point? You but he’s you got more cheap flights. The end.

  2. edgewood49

    October 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Flying is just not as fun as it was in the past. Passing through 2 mm this past month ( One of them on AS) there is not a flight that something happens that could potentially get out of hand. Interestingly enough mostly on domestic flights. FA’s are stressed out, the cabins are packed both in volume and in numbers. Fortunately I am able to fly up front 95% of the time but problems happens in the front as well. I for one am glad to be slowing down my traveling professionally.

    I am not sure I would rush to judgment on the AS or Police in these cases, FA’s stressed and police coming in the middle not knowing what is really going on.

  3. Rebelyell

    October 6, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Unlike Dr. Dao, this passenger violated the contract of carriage and the airline had every right to have him removed. No need to inconvenience other passengers by making them debark.

  4. htb

    October 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    My only question would probably be: why did it take two hours to remove one customer?

  5. QT31415

    October 8, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    When someone is acutely ill, they are safer in a hospital, not a plane. Alaska Air did the right thing by seeking help for this passenger.

  6. Kataskopos

    October 9, 2018 at 8:53 am

    @edgewood49 that is the problem, police coming in the middle and not taking the time to actually find out what happened.

  7. arcticflier

    October 20, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    It appears the Police knew exactly what had happened…an unruly passenger had barricaded themselves in a lavoratory and refused verbal commands by authority figures ( FA and LE) to cooperate.
    They attempted to de-escalate the subjects anxiety by not immediately placing him in restraints.

  8. arcticflier

    October 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    “The video has been removed by the user.”

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