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Melissa Locker
August 03, 2016

When a drunk passenger picked a fight with a flight attendant, a pilot took matters into his own hands—literally.

He tackled the passenger to the ground, yelling, “Don’t put your hands on my flight attendant!” The pilot restrained the passenger while law enforcement was called.

The incident occurred on an American Airlines flight from Lexington, Kentucky, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 21. The passenger, identified as 25-year old Michael Kerr, had been drinking some of Kentucky’s finest whiskey on the plane, according to the Charlotte Observer, and had grown increasingly belligerent during the flight.

When the plane landed in Charlotte, Kerr ignored the fasten seatbelt sign and flight attendants’ warnings and made a break for the door, even though the plane was not yet at the gate.

As the Observer reported, an FBI affidavit states that Kerr remained standing and when an attendant ordered him to sit, Kerr threatened to break her jaw, kicked an attendant in the leg, and shoved another to the floor. In a cellphone video of the incident, the man can be seen ignoring a pilot’s command to “take a seat” and instead tells the pilot to “move.”

“I don’t care what you want to do, you’re going to take a seat right now,” the pilot responded.

“No, I’m not,” Kerr replied. He then tried to shove his way past a flight attendant, who was blocking the exit. She resists his pushing and when he eventually succeeds in getting past her, she falls to the floor. That’s when Kerr was tackled by the pilot, who has not been named.

“Enough!” the pilot yelled in the video. “You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant! Enough!”

While pinned to the ground, Kerr threatened to post the incident on Facebook.

When law enforcement, he continued to put up a fight, spitting, yelling, and kicking while being dragged off the plane.

Kerr was been charged with public intoxication, disruption, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant, according to the Observer.

He was released on $25,000 bond and has been banned him from flying while he awaits trial. Behavior like this is why the UK’s travel minister is looking to restrict alcohol sales at airports.

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