A man was forcibly removed from a Spirit Airlines plane by Atlanta police Friday after alarming his fellow passengers by screaming “There’s a bomb on the plane!” and “If she takes me off, I’ll blow the fucking plane up!” Once he was successfully taken off the plane without further incident the pilot apologized for the disturbance.
WSB-TV in Atlanta reported that the man had been throwing things at other passengers during the flight and appears to have invented the story about a bomb once authorities appeared after landing to have him arrested at the pilot’s request. He is currently under psychiatric evaluation, but police have said they do not plan to charge him with any crimes.
“I appreciate everyone’s cooperation,” the pilot said as passengers eagerly awaited the opportunity to exit the plane. “I want to sincerely apologize to everyone on board that airplane today for that.”
In cell phone video posted on YouTube of the entire incident, the plane’s passengers appear remarkably calm given the frightening nature of the man’s outburst.
Watch video below, via WSB-TV:
And watch the original cell phone video of the passenger’s outburst below, via YouTube (WARNING: NSFW language):
[photo via screengrab]
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