Unruly passenger gets restrained by pilot
LEXINGTON, KY. – Newly released video, obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader, shows a Lexington man being subdued by a pilot after a confrontation with the flight crew of an American Airlines flight to Charlotte.
Lexington native Brian Colón, 23, shot the video on the July 21 flight that ended in the arrest of Michael Kerr, who worked as a cook at Portofino until he was fired last week.
In the video, Kerr threatened to break the pilot’s jaw and pushed the flight attendant to the floor, prompting the pilot to take Kerr to the floor, saying: “You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant!”
Colón, who also is a flight attendant for Norwegian Airlines, said that he has never seen anything like this incident.
“I was scared. I was very scared. I felt like the flight attendant’s life was in danger, and I felt like someone else needed to step in, the way he treated her,” Colón said.
“We landed and were taxiing, and waiting for the jet bridge to arrive at the exit door and the man started screaming, ‘let’s go, go’,” Colón said. A flight attendant asked Kerr to sit down, but he refused and followed her into the forward galley.
After the plane came to a complete stop, the captain came out of the cockpit and asked Kerr again to sit down, but he shoved the flight attendant and attempted to get out. The door of the plane was open, but the jet bridge wasn’t in place yet, Colón said.
Kerr shoved the flight attendant, Colón said, “and that’s when the captain just jumped him.”
Colón said that it took about 15 to 20 minutes for the police to arrive. “They had to hold him, solid, for like 15 minutes. They kept apologizing the whole time to the passengers. And the guy kept fighting back,” he said.
While he was held down on the floor of the plane, Kerr loudly told the pilot, “Whatever you do is going on Facebook, and you’re a … complete … loser. You heard me right the first time.”
Kerr allegedly drank three Jack Daniel’s on the plane before he got combative with the flight crew. According to an FBI affidavit, he threatened, shoved, kicked and spat at flight attendants before he was subdued by a pilot and hauled off the plane by police officers.
Kerr, 25, faces charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with a flight crew or attendant, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Kerr was arraigned in federal court Monday and released on $20,000 bond.
The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that Kerr is now banned from flying on commercial airlines and is barred from contacting the flight attendant, who has been undergoing physical therapy for her injuries.
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Aircrew around the world are crowdfunding to help the families of FZ981
We all know that disregarding the uniform we wear, we are all one family in the sky. And it is specially in the most difficult moments like this, the lost of our FZ981 colleagues, that we as a crew community need to stand together.
A crowdfunding campaign has been set in placed by Flydubai Capt. Sacha Khamnei to offer the possibility to come together and “help the families of the crew of FlyDubai flight FZ981 who tragically lost their lives”, Capt Khamnei mentioned describing the goal of the campaign.
“We are all family here: expats united in diversity, and we want to provide all the support possible to the families of the lost crew in this tragic and difficult time”, Capt. Khamnei said.
With your help, a so needed initial support can be provided to the families. Many of them had lost their main breadwinner and need to carry their day to day lives and expenses until final compensation comes through.
The campaign had already gather above £36,000 in less than 48 hours after the accident. The goal is to reach a very possible £100,000 to be distributed among the families. The initiative got loca media attention and was covered by local newspaper Gulf News.
Join the crew community efforts by visiting their Crowdfunding website and sharing whatever you can to this campaign.