‘Drunk’ man with family hogtied to seat after causing chaos on Aer Lingus flightMarch 27, 2019
A 'drunk' dad had to be hogtied to his seat after causing chaos on an Aer Lingus flight from Florida to Dublin.
The man was tied to his seat after allegedly hassling the crew and putting his hands on a flight attendant during the 10-hour journey last weekend.
Passengers say the 30-year-old became so difficult, the crew even considered turning the plane around to land in Canada , according to Dublin Live .
Gail Hilliard Dawsy told the Irish Mirror : “He was a jerk. Gardai told me he would be in a world of s**t and most likely would never be able to return to Ireland again, certainly not with Aer Lingus.
“He was from America and even had his family with him, I’m not sure why they didn’t try to intervene.
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“He was being rude the whole time and at one point put his hands on a flight attendant. Our family is law enforcement and two of our guys assisted in restraining him.”
The unruly passenger eventually became subdued after getting restrained by retired sheriff Jeff Dawsy and former SWAT team member David Decarlo.
Gail added: “The flight attendants basically said if we couldn’t get him under control we’d have to turn around and land, probably in Canada I guess, as I was looking at our flight path at the time knowing this was going to be a possibility.
“The flight attendants had some kind of handcuffs or restraints and our guys were able to control him enough so they could restrain him. We heard nothing more from him during the flight.”
After the plane landed at Dublin Airport, police arrived and arrested the man.
Gardai said: “A 30-year-old man was arrested at Dublin Airport last Friday after disembarking a flight from Orlando.
“The man was arrested under Section 48 State Airport Act 2014 and conveyed to Ballymun Garda station.”
An Aer Lingus spokesperson told Mirror Online: "Aer Lingus does not comment on individual cases. Aer Lingus confirms that the safety and security of our guests and colleagues is always our number one priority.”
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