While American Airlines flight AA2446 from Miami to Chicago O’Hare was still at the gate last night the instigator of a ‘disagreement’ between two passengers was asked to get off the plane. He refused. And in a post-David Dao world airlines now deplane everyone when that happens, rather than starting off dragging the passenger down the aisle.
Now, disagreement is a great euphamism here, since another passenger explains that the man “sexually assaulted a female passenger and made racist remarks towards an American Airlines gate agent.”
And he wouldn’t just deplane when the airline told everyone to get off, either. A “fight broke out and police were called” out to the Boeing 737. At which point they were comfortable going all David Dao on the man, and most of you are probably going to be fine with that. Five officers responded, struggled to arrest the man, and are heard using tasers four times — once for 17 seconds.
The man asked police “What is the reason you’re removing me from this plane?” And one responds, “Well, you just assaulted a lady, for one.”
One officer in the video struggles with Garcia, gripping him around the neck, in an attempt to control him while two other officers work on cuffing him.
It appears only one cuff is on Garcia’s hand and he continues to struggle with the police, as one officer warns “don’t fight me.”
..The taser doesn’t appear to affect Garcia — at first — who calls the officer “a baby” and tried to grab the device out of the officers hand. Eventually, the taser does appear effective and officers were able to take Garcia into custody.
Here’s another video of the incident:
— Jabari Ennis (@PoleVaultDream) April 23, 2018
And here’s the man, in custody, being led off the jetway and into the terminal.
A little excitement caused delay.. Miami PD had to TASE & forcibly remove this asshole from my flight home 😳 pic.twitter.com/GhihpmcCiJ
— kaitlin waters (@kaitlinwaterss) April 23, 2018
The flight departed about an hour late.