Crazy American Airlines Passenger And Her Dog On The Loose During Taxi, Booted Off The Plane!

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An American Airlines passengers got into an argument with flight attendants prior to take off while she let let her dog run throughout the cabin and she refused to move her seat to the takeoff position.

The woman then started to yell at the flight attendants which resulted in the plane returning to the terminal where she was booted off the aircraft.

Sometimes you can’t figure out what’s wrong with some people and in this case it probably comes at no surprise that an animal (likely an Emotional Support Animal – needed here?) was involved in escalating the situation, paired with the behavior of the passenger.

There was a report on ABC Chicago this morning (see here) highlighting what transpired there.

A disruptive passenger was removed from a flight from Atlanta to Chicago after she was caught on video yelling at a flight attendant while letting her dog run through the cabin.

Passengers on the plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said the woman got angry when she was asked to place her seat in the upright position before take-off. She later threatened the flight attendant who was speaking to her, witnesses said.

The plane returned to the gate instead of taking off so security could get involved.

Video captured by passenger Michael Nash and posted to Facebook shows airport police and federal agents escorting the woman off the plane. Witnesses said they also questioned several passengers before they were allowed to take off. …

Here is a Youtube video where you can hear people screaming at the woman to ‘sit down’ and ‘you get us all killed’:

To sum the incident up in one word: Crazy!

Based on another report by the Chicago Sun Times (access here) the woman was actually rebooked onto another American Airlines flight after this incident.

Conclusion

With all the attention being given on security screening and taking water bottles away from people one can’t help but wonder if such mentally disturbed people aren’t a much greater security risk than someone with a can of soda. The reaction of the other passengers speaks volumes not just about an immediate threat but the concerns they having when witnessing such a scene.

American should have cancelled her ticket and ideally the passenger would find herself on the No Fly List to prevent further such incidents from happening. To accommodate her on another flight after she brought this whole thing on herself is overly generous.

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  • nostresshere

    If people can take “emotional support dogs” with them, why can not I take my friend “Jack Daniels” for my own emotional support?

    • Paul

      Put a neon vest on Jack and you’ll be good to go!

  • bigguyinpasadena

    Once on a transcon a crazy lady in the row ahead of mine had a very large “support dog” which she had no control over. She doped herself up well enough to pass out 15 minutes into the flight. Dog got loose, I captured it, woman was passed out, i put him in the empty seat next to me and we babysat each other for the next five hours and had a great flight. Crazette had to be woken up upon landing and then goes ballistic. Security was called. I left before they showed up.

  • antidemagogue

    OK. I am a Psychiatrist, and I have posted repeatedly that statistically, about 6% of the population has “serious mental illness.” That means, that, purely, statistically, If you have 150 passengers on a plane, 9 might be suffering of such diseases. Even if 80% of those are “adequately controlled.” there will be, on average, 2 “inadequately controlled individuals might be on an average flight.
    Every time I make this statement on a blog all I hear is “crickets.”
    I have seen some pretty psychotic individuals on planes.
    And, what is this horsecrap about “emotional support animals?”
    There is not a single scientific study that supports the use of these often unfortunate creatures.
    There are no standards. You can get the vest and a “certificate” online just by paying for it.
    Just had a passenger boarding and another passenger deplaning at Love Field with their “emotional support” pit bulls that got in a bloody fight in the jetway with other passengers around them. Enough is enough.

    • Simin Zarkoob Phanucharas

      Any body can get a certification for “emotional Support” if you know a friendly doc.
      The treatment for this shenanigans is to charge a full fare like a 2 yrs old baby. The volume of support animal on airplane should be cut in half or more if there is cost to the owner in addition to other requirements.

    • Gary

      So you’re thinking that little Sebastian falls in which category, Doc?

  • Buttertart

    One word: opiates. Prescription drugs are handed out like candy in the US resulting in wildly unpredictable behaviour from otherwise normal folk.

  • Chris

    Americans eh? They’re all bloody crazy! 😉

  • The Certifiable Foodie

    How is it that American Airlines didn’t blacklist her for this insane behavior?