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A tale of crazy passengers on a Delta RJ

A tale of crazy passengers on a Delta RJ

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Old May 21, 19, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Old Hickory View Post
Well, that was crazy. Congrats on not over-reacting which would have been the normal reaction.

So how did the rest of the fight err flight go?
No one bothered me further. I got off the plane and made a very brisk walk from B8 to the airport curb and went home. I texted with my dad as I walked (also a PM and a longtime FF) and he encouraged me just to just get home, which was enough confirmation for me to just get out of the airport and move on.
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Old May 21, 19, 4:36 pm
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Wow. I can't imagine that my automatic reaction would have been anything other than violent. I have a thing about my neck.
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Old May 21, 19, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by jrkmsp View Post
No one bothered me further. I got off the plane and made a very brisk walk from B8 to the airport curb and went home. I texted with my dad as I walked (also a PM and a longtime FF) and he encouraged me just to just get home, which was enough confirmation for me to just get out of the airport and move on.
OK, so here is a serious suggestion. Write Delta (maybe a paper letter and not through the web) with a description of the incident. Emphasize that you recognize that this was in no way, shape, or form the fault of Delta and that you are not looking for any compensation or action from Delta. But that you would like a recommendation from Delta on what you should have done. That would be interesting IMO.

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Old May 21, 19, 5:18 pm
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This is truly unimportant but fyi - assault is the threat of bodily harm, battery is when someone actually puts their hands on you. This was incident was battery
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Old May 21, 19, 10:49 pm
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
Game over, full stop.

After this bozo did this the flight attendant button above my head would have been depressed in two microseconds followed by telling a flight attendant I have just been assaulted and please instruct a LEO to meet us upon arrival at Minneapolis.
This. Absolutely.

"and I am not going back to that seat, so feel free to talk to the captain to figure out what he wants to do"
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Old May 22, 19, 1:02 am
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Originally Posted by pfreet View Post
This is truly unimportant but fyi - assault is the threat of bodily harm, battery is when someone actually puts their hands on you. This was incident was battery
It depends on the jurisdiction actually. California considers a swing and a miss as an assault/attempted battery. Here in Arizona, contact, however slight is considered assault. We don't really have battery as a separate charge/crime as far as I know. Hands around the neck and choking can be considered aggravated assault or aggravated battery in many jurisdictions btw.
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Old May 22, 19, 10:23 am
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I can understand the impulse towards a violent reaction to this. At the same time, I think that OP's measured response probably helped to prevent the situation escalating.
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Old May 22, 19, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
I can understand the impulse towards a violent reaction to this. At the same time, I think that OP's measured response probably helped to prevent the situation escalating.
It absolutely did help, and yet I am not at all sure that I could have pulled it off. Once someone has their hands around my throat, survival instinct kicks in. This is a potentially deadly situation for the atackee.
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Old May 22, 19, 9:10 pm
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OP was there and made a decision about how to react, given the seatmate's convo, age, the degree of laying of hands upon him, so I can't second guess it. While it definitely was assault, if OP wasn't in any real fear, and the primary goal was to get home to say goodnight, it appears the measured response carried the day. I would consider notifying DL about this individual and his behavior, however, just to have it recorded and to give them notice about the passenger.
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