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Published on : Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A flight of Air Canada was compelled to be diverted to Orlando International Airport after the flight officials reported that a certain passenger had become aggressive. Actually, he had attacked the crew with pots of coffee and even made attempts to open the cabin door while the aircraft was still in the air.
Later, the man was identified as Brandon Michael Courneyea.
The crew members of the flight had to secure the man to the flight seat. Even the other passengers joined in the efforts, using zip ties, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Courneyea had been flying to Toronto from Jamaica on Monday night when this incident occurred, as revealed by a federal criminal complaint.
The crew members contacted the FBI around 7.30 p.m., when a flight attendant asserted that he started yelling at fellow passengers for ‘looking at him’, as declared in the complaint.
Thereafter, he went to the back of the plane where he caught hold of a pot of coffee from the gallery and swung it aggressively at the crew members, as per an account of the investigators. The criminal complaint said that the man had stated that it would require just a single man to bring the airplane down and he was capable of doing exactly so.
The agents said that he then grabbed a second pot of coffee that compelled a flight attendant to confront him, out of genuine concern for the other flight passengers.
Courneya, when confronted, reached for the rear cabin exit door and started pulling the door lever up to open the door, as per the complaint. Then, the crew members of the flight as well as the fellow passengers on the plane restrained him finally.
Investigators said that all of them utilized zip ties to secure the arms of Courneyea and also his legs to his seat.
The incident went on for 45 minutes before the man was finally restrained. After that, the plane landed in Orlando.
He was arrested by federal agents and was also charged with intimidation of the flight crew member or assault. Moreover, he was also charged with interfering with the performance of duties.