Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012

A Brief History of Airport Snafus

A pilot kicking and screaming about bombs is not exactly welcome in-flight entertainment. Yesterday, a JetBlue flight from New York's JFK airport en route to Las Vegas was diverted to Amarillo, Texas after the captain was kicked out of the cockpit by the co-pilot. A statement from the airline says the captain became incoherent during Flight 191 and the co-pilot was somehow able to get him out of the cockpit. At that point, he was locked out. The captain then started running up and down the aisle and was banging on the cockpit door and yelling, all in an effort to get back in. One passenger reportedly said she heard him shouting, "I need the code, gimme the code, I need to get in there," while other passengers reported hearing the word "bomb." At that point, the co-pilot asked for help in controlling the captain. An off-duty New York City police officer was part of the group that subdued the captain and held him on the ground until the plane was able to land. An off-duty JetBlue pilot helped take over duties in the cockpit once order was restored. JetBlue says the "ill crewmember" was taken to a medical facility in Amarillo. As for the passengers, well, let's just say this might be the only time the trip to Vegas is more eventful than the destination.