On January 7 a passenger on board Delta flight 45 from Dublin to New York JFK reportedly refused to wear a mask. According to an indictment he also “threw an empty beverage can, which hit the head of” another passenger.
While the captain was out of the cockpit he took off his cap and placed it on the captain’s head twice, and put his fist up to the captain’s face.
The man left economy for business class, complained about his food to one of the flight attendants there – and mooned them.
And then on final approach to Kennedy airport, he stood up out of his seat and wouldn’t leave the aisle.
JUST IN: A Delta passenger faces 20 years in prison after he allegedly refused to wear a mask, went to first class and mooned a flight attendant, put his hat on the captain's head, and then threw a soda can at another passenger. Shane McInerney is out on 20,000 bond. pic.twitter.com/BmmJ5MzFNG
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 21, 2022
The man is currently free on $20,000 bond pending trial where he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment.
On the one hand, I’m continually surprised by how badly passengers behave even accounting for how badly passengers behave. On the other hand, the man sounds like an obnoxious arse and perhaps also drunk. But no one was actually harmed. There ought to be consequences but I’m not sure 20 years in prison is fitting here.
Perhaps the most shocking element of the story though is that neither Miami nor American Airlines were involved in any way.