Thursday, September 08, 2005

Don't Mess with these Evacuees!

Imagine that you've survived Hurricane Katrina, and made it to Houston alive, and are flying to Denver. Another passenger gets testy with the flight attendent, and starts pushing and slapping her.

What would you do? Personally, I like the solution these folks used ...

Passengers Beat Up, Duct Tape Unruly Man On Flight
Jason Tervort Allegedly Shoved, Slapped Flight Attendant

DENVER -- Some passengers on a recent Frontier Airlines flight carrying hurricane evacuees from Houston were in no mood for an unruly passenger.

On that Tuesday flight, Jason Tervort, 26, allegedly walked up to a flight attendant in the center aisle and tried to make an announcement.

He had said, "Ladies and gentleman, I have an announcement to make. My name is Jason," according to witnesses.

When flight attendant Sarah Dinkelman tried to get him to sit down, he allegedly pushed and slapped her, saying, "I'm a man," according to the arrest affidavit.

That's when other passengers stepped in, beating Tervort before tying him up with duct tape. The men said he was spitting, biting, and yelling profanities so they had to use duct tape to tie his arms and legs to the lower rail of the seats on both sides of the center aisle.

Police officers met the plane at Denver International Airport where they arrested Tervort. Officers noticed blood down the center aisle for several rows and pooling of blood near the back of the plane where Tervort had been tied up.

Tervort now faces federal charges, including interfering with a members of a flight crew. He had recently been discharged from the Army.

None of the passengers who stepped in will face charges.

"They used the amount of force necessary," police spokeswoman Virginia Lopez said. "With what happened in the past (Sept. 11, 2001) you don't know what this person is going to do. They did what they had to."

Between the lessons of 9/11, and the emotions of dealing with the past week, I think they demonstrated remarkable restraint myself.