After the kick-off of a Southwest Airlines flight, a passenger acting erratically tried to get back on board in the plane before being tackled by a crew member.
Chicago-bound Flight 3630 was scheduled to depart from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas at 7:30 pm, Monday.
According to CBS Chicago, passengers on the flight said that after the arrest for the first time, the man locked himself in the toilet and refused to come out. Eventually, members of the crew were able to get the man to leave the plane bathroom and he was kicked off the flight.
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“He was already on board, and he went to the bathroom, and they told us that they were trying to get him out of the bathroom, and they took him off the plane,” Rick Alonzo told CBS Chicago. “Next thing you know, he tried to fight his way back, and that is when the Southwest arrived, and I have him.”
But apparently, the passenger, who Southwest Airlines later said it appeared to be intoxicated would not have no for an answer.
The man made another attempt to get back on board, and reportedly headed back to the plane during the screaming. As can be seen in the mobile phone footage captured by a fellow passenger, a Southwest employee was able to subdue the man by zip-tying him to a chair, while the crew waited for the police to deal with the situation.
Finally, three Las Vegas police arrived, and removal of the disruptive passenger from the plane.
“He was fierce to get back on the aircraft, such as the pushing of people, so one of the guards addressed him in the front of my feet,” passenger Molly O’malley recalled. “He behaved very inappropriate.”
Southwest Airlines issued the following statement to CBS Chicago:
“A Southwest Passenger who appeared to be intoxicated, was asked to deplane flight 3630 for leaving Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport. The Passenger became unruly and our Employees utilized their training to manage the situation until the local police can help with the removal of the passengers of the flight.
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Southwest Airlines has robust training programs and procedures to ensure that Employees are aware of both the legal requirements and Safety concerns surrounding unruly passengers. Our Employees are trained to deny boarding to Passengers who appear to be intoxicated, as well as the address of the Passengers who are unruly and/or creating a disturbance in the flight. Our number one priority is the Safety and Security of our Customers and Employees.”
Despite the pre-flight book, flight 3630 arrived at the Chicago Midway Airport, only an hour behind schedule at 2 am local time.