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Airline Passenger Arrested After On-board Threats

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A JetBlue flight from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale diverted to a landing in Salt Lake City, where one of the passengers was arrested. The man reportedly had a tantrum onboard, according to the Sun Sentinel, beginning when he could not buy headphones with cash.

The flight crew determined the man to be drunk and ceased selling him alcohol, which further upset him. In negligent security cases, those who are in control or in a position to prevent an incident where someone might be injured are the parties who are most often defendants. Other passengers complained about the man’s disturbing behavior and he was moved to a different seat. A third incident occurred when a flight attendant dropped something from an overhead compartment on the man’s head. The man threatened to file a formal complaint unless he received an apology, and also threatened to follow the flight crew off the plane and ‘have their jobs’.

The last straw was when the man repeatedly shouted: “I will take this plane down!” The captain then prioritized the passengers’ safety and diverted to the landing in Utah. The man was arrested and taken to a county jail, and later released to the custody of U.S. marshals. He made his first federal court appearance last Tuesday and is scheduled for a detention hearing Thursday.

Tourists’ and travelers’ safety can all too quickly become compromised in a variety of settings, from resort and recreational facilities to cruise ships, and various modes of vacation transportation including planes, trains, and tour buses.

In negligent security cases, a plaintiff can bring charges against the owner or manager of a premises or business, particularly if injured due to a criminal act. Those who are in control or in a position to prevent the incident where the plaintiff was injured are the parties who are most often defendants. The law governing these cases is derived from the general principle that those who own or possess property have a duty to protect users from accidental, negligent, and intentional acts of third parties.

Resort Torts include a wide range of hazards, including inadequate security due to inadequate lighting, faulty locking mechanisms, negligent conduct by security personnel, premises liability such as trip and falls, and transportation negligence (plane crashes, car crashes, boating mishaps). Tourists are typically more vulnerable to risks in a vacation environment because they are often in an unfamiliar environment, unaware of risks present, and focused on being relaxed.

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