Southwest Passenger Locks Himself in Lavatory, Gets Kicked Off, Runs Back Onboard, Gets Zip-Tied

Southwest Airlines flight WN3630 was delayed Monday night when a passenger “locked himself in the restroom and refused to get out.”

The passenger, whom Southwest said appeared to be drunk, was eventually kicked out of the lavatory and off the aircraft but he “ran back onto the plane” which is when a member of the crew “tackled him and pinned him down.”

The man made another attempt to get back onboard, and reportedly ran back onto the plane while screaming. As seen in cell phone footage captured by a fellow passenger, a Southwest employee was able to subdue the man by zip-tying him to a seat while crew waited for police to deal with the situation.

Eventually, three Las Vegas police officers arrived and removed the disruptive passenger from the aircraft.

“He was violently getting back on the plane, like pushing people, so one of the guards tackled him in front of my feet,” passenger Molly O’Malley recalled. “He was acting very inappropriate.”

Here’s video, via CBS:

(HT: Alan H.)

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