On Wednesday’s American Airlines flight AA1293 from St. Croix to Miami passenger Jason Felix was apparently drunk when he boarded.
A flight attendant heard the man “rummaging around inside the lavatory” and “needed help exiting the bathroom.” The crewmember helped the passenger out of the lavatory, and was greeted with an anti-gay slur, “shouting and arguing with the flight attendant.”
Unsurprisingly the flight attendant wouldn’t serve the man another beer — and they wound up discussing whether the flight attendant was the man’s bartender.
Having been to St. Croix this strikes me as just about normal, it’s one of the lower-end party islands in the Caribbean, nothing like Saint Martin or St. John.
Here are other passengers trying to calm the man down.
Unfortunately the passenger didn’t calm down. In my experience telling someone to calm down isn’t going to calm them. And in this case it didn’t.
Felix told one of the other passengers, who were trying to calm him down, that he was going to kill him and spit blood on him, a brawl ensued. The fight was eventually broken up by the flight attendant.
There was discussion of diverting the aircraft. The man didn’t completely settle down. But they decided to continue on to Miami, which they managed to do safely. According to American Airlines, “We thank our crew for taking care of our customers and are proud of the work they do every single day.”
On arrival in Miami police escorted the man off the plane.