World Wresting star Matt Riddle caused a stir earlier this month when he accused a TSA screener of sexual assault. Now it turns out there’s video of his behavior at the airport that sheds light on why he was banned from travel that day.
Recently out of rehab, he reportedly threw back too many drinks during a delay of his flight from New York JFK to Orlando. He started interrogating other passengers about what was happening, grabbed the gate’s microphone and shouted, asking when the plane would take off – and then he demanded to know if other flyers in the gate area could pilot the plane?
Language in this video is – not surprisingly – very much not safe for work (and not safe for work from home either):
Everyone else finally boarded that September 9 flight. Riddle didn’t. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s rehab didn’t stick. The two-time “Raw Tag” champ failed a drug test last year before a big event (“SummerSlam”). And his substance abuse has put his career – and not just as an airline passenger – at risk.
Riddle, who was accused by a fellow wrestler in 2020 of sexual assault, seems like the kind of guy I wouldn’t want on board even when sober to be honest. You never know who an airline will seat next to you, and anyone who can pay for a ticket can fly.
Airlines are ‘common carriers’ and very much small-d democratic. While there are background checks of passengers, that’s only against government watch lists. Forget extra legroom, when my wife and daughter travel I’d pay a premium for a family seating section that requires additional screening. Perhaps airlines are leaving ancillary revenue on the table.