A teenager — who doesn’t know how to fly — was held in jail on Wednesday for trying to steal an American Airlines plane before dawn on the Fourth of July so he could fly to a rap concert.
The 18 year old boy was arrested inside the cockpit of a 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 operated by American Airlines wholly-owned regional carrier Envoy Air. He had hopped the fence of the Texarkana Regional Airport near the Arkansas border with Texas.
Credit: Texarkana Regional Airport
He’s been charged with burglary and attempted theft for trying to steal the American Eagle plane “to fly to an out-of-state rap concert.” Bond was set for $25,000.
Though the teen had absolutely no experience piloting any aircraft, he told police that he “didn’t think there was much more to [it] than pushing buttons and pulling levers.”