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—Is aviation Armageddon upon us? Recent news reports of bizarre occurrences relating to airline travel indicate that we may be at the tipping point. Here are just a few of these recent aviation anomalies:

—A San Francisco man removed from a U.S. Airways flight and arrested after he allegedly refused to pull up his sagging pants was released from custody after posting bail, and prosecutors are still considering whether to file charges in the case.

Deshon Marman, 20, was arrested  on suspicion of a felony count of battery of a police officer and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and trespassing.

The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office has not charged Marman, who posted $11,000 bail  and was released from jail.
Marman, was instructed by airline crew members several times to pull up his pants to cover his underwear, both before he boarded and on the plane, according to San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Rodriguez.

Marman allegedly refused to pull up his pants and when he sat in his seat, he pulled them all the way down, Rodriguez said. Marman was escorted off the plane by police and then allegedly resisted officers when they tried to handcuff him.

Eventually the plane’s captain told other passengers on the aircraft to deplane, ordered Marman to leave the plane and then placed him under citizen’s arrest for trespassing after he refused the order, according to Rodriguez. Is it true that the captain of an aircraft can issue a citizen’s arrest for a wardrobe anomaly? Apparently the answer is yes!

Hopefully they won’t mess with the young women with their crevice-hugging attire or halter tops with mammary glands begging for escape. What about the old codgers in an aisle seat with their Bermuda shorts and loosely fitting boxer shorts revealing views of grotesque genitalia? Don’t just arrest these guys. Take them to the gallows.

According to an airline spokesman, “While U.S. Airways does not have a specific dress code, we ask our customers to dress in an appropriate manner to ensure the safety and comfort of all of our passengers.”

—A United Boeing 767-300, en route from Newark, New Jersey to Geneva (Switzerland) was about 45 miles east of Halifax, NS (Canada) when crew discovered a suspicious item, a camera, on an empty seat. Since no one on the flight claimed the camera the flight crew decided to turn around and divert to Boston, MA for a safe landing about 70 minutes later. The passengers disembarked.

A search of the aircraft found no trace of explosives, an examination of the camera found it safe.

This is a reenactment of another commercial airline diversion that involved the cabin crew discovering unidentifiable wires in the lavatory. With the increased use of electronic gadgets that passengers take with them it is not too unusual to find “wires” that someone either forgot or misplaced. A brief over-reaction resulted in extreme disruption to the passenger’s travel plans and an exorbitant cost to the airline. The premise that “we can’t be too cautious,” needs to be tempered with some application of good judgment.

—A United Boeing 757-200,  from Newark, NJ to Shannon (Ireland), was en route over the Atlantic Ocean about one hour prior to estimated arrival in Shannon when the crew notified air traffic control to have police stand by on landing for a male passenger in early 40’s, who had become abusive and threatening and had been restrained by cabin crew. The aircraft continued to Shannon for a safe landing on runway 24 about an hour later. The unruly was arrested by Irish police

The man was travelling within a travel group, but was intoxicated. After he became threatening and abusive, he was finally restrained by cabin crew. The man was taken into arrest, released on bail and has to appear in court. Newark alone is enough to drive one to drink, but seven hours packed into a coach seat is good cause to get really toasted. Every Irishman headed back to the old country should be given a little leeway with booze-induced anti-social behavior as long as he relates a few limericks or at least makes a request like, “Erin, take off your bra.”

—A Jet Blue Airbus en route from JFK, NY to Los Angeles was about 140 miles from Denver, when the crew initiated a descent towards Denver requesting law enforcement meet the aircraft at the gate due to an unruly passenger on board. The aircraft landed safely and Denver police escorted a male passenger off the aircraft.
A passenger reported that the youngish looking male initially appeared quite normal but became more and more restless during the flight until he left his seat and walked the aisle, then returned to his seat and after about 5 minutes appeared as if he wanted to fight. An air marshal swapped seats to sit aside of the unruly, another passenger kept talking to the unruly and seemed to calm him down.

After landing a woman filed a complaint with police stating the unruly had groped her. Why did she not issue the groping complaint earlier? With an armed air marshall sitting next to this unruly passenger, why was a diversion necessary?  The airline confirmed the aircraft diverted because of an unruly passenger.

—A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Las Vegas , was en route about 120 miles southeast of New Orleans when the crew initiated a diversion to New Orleans due to a pair of passengers who engaged in a fist fight on board. The aircraft landed safely on New Orleans about 25 minutes later, police arrested one of the fist fighters.
The airline confirmed the aircraft diverted to New Orleans after two passengers engaged in a fist fight, it was unclear however how the fight erupted. One of the passengers, a male was arrested and charged with interference with flight crew and assault on a passenger.

—A United Airbus A320, en route from San Francisco to Chicago O’Hare, when the crew decided to divert due to an unruly male passenger  on board who turned into a medical emergency after it was determined he had taken substantially more than his normal dose of his medicine. The aircraft landed safely in Denver about 50 minutes after turning around. Police officers escorted the man off the aircraft.

Charges of interference with flight crew and abusive sexual contacts were filed against the unruly passenger who was alleged to have groped a woman and making abuse statements towards other passengers as well as spitting and threatening police officers escorting him off the aircraft.

—The passenger that departed Capetown, SouthAfrica on the British Airways 747 wanted nothing to do with that mob of lunatics in the cabin so he elected to ride in the aircraft’s wheel well. After jumping the airport’s perimeter fence he ran to the 747 that was ready for takeoff and climbed in the wheel well. Apparently he missed that seventh grade science class regarding temperature lapse and the reduced level of oxygen as we go higher.

When the big Boeing arrived at Heathrow in London the corpse of the jet-set hitch-hiker tumbled on to the tarmac. If you elect to avoid TSA and/or the crying kids in the crowded cabin, it is suggested that your wheel-well trip be taken on an aircraft that will fly a short distance at a lower altitude. If you go orthodox and ride in the cabin, an ample supply of valium-type drugs should be available to more easily deal with those that may have either too much or too little of their chosen, “escape the present,” mind-altering materials.

This blog is produced by aviation author, Ace Abbott; The Rogue Aviator: in the back alleys of aviation (www.therogueaviator.com) and Dead Tired: Pilot Fatigue-Aviation’s Insidious Killer (www.deadtiredpilots.com)








Jet Blue Captain Clayton Osbon has once again validated that religious overzealousness can result in aberrant, dysfunctional behavior. Based on some of the reports that quoted his irrational verbal rambling it appears that it might have been sparked by some gremlins that may have emanated from some religious perspectives that sent him into one of those Elmer Gantry-like, possessed-by-God sermons. There are millions of people, perhaps tens-of-millions of people who are advocates and believers in the concept of Armageddon and/or the rapture. It appears that the Jet Blue Captain had possibly “gone-rapture” and was headed for his earthly exit.

Unfortunately, had he not been contained by the cabin crew and passengers he had the capability of taking everyone on the aircraft with him on his venture to his perceived glorious hereafter. The airlines, (spearheaded by United Airlines) adopted a policy called CRM (Cockpit Resource Management) about 25 years ago, since far too many of the four-strippers were afflicted with the “captain-as-God-myth,” and did really stupid things while the rest of the cockpit crew sat on their hands and said, “here we go over the cliff, but he is the captain.” CRM training played a major role on the flight deck of Jet Blue Flt #191 as the copilot took the bull by the horns and said the captain is whacked out and I will not follow him as my leader any longer. F/O Jason Dowd should be given far more plaudits for his adept handling of the situation than the media has extended to him. Unfortunately, the media will all-too-often focus on the Captain to the detriment of good journalism. Example: Everyone on planet earth knows that “Sully” Sullenberger, was the Captain on the Hudson River landing. Who knows the name of the copilot? I do, it was Jeffrey Skiles. In this Jet Blue “flipped out captain” scenario I think the media should be focusing on Jason Dowd the copilot, who took control in an exemplary fashion

Myth, superstition, and wishful thinking should not be part of the mix in the cockpit of a commercial jet and perhaps some additional evaluation of this potential problem should be considered by airline training departments. Wishful thinking and/or irrational paranoia are bad guys to be rummaging around in the heads of our professional pilots. The following is an excerpt from my book, The Rogue Aviator that elaborates on this subject:


One of the more interesting airplane anecdotes from the Ryan-aviation-early-

1980s era involved a Ryan captain nicknamed “the Reverend.” Reverend

Steve, a born-again Christian, frequently engaged in proselytizing. It was

reported that he read his Bible while attempting to penetrate a squall line of

thunderstorms. The copilot, according to the reports, worked diligently with

the airborne weather radar in order to find a soft spot through the possible

severe turbulence when the Reverend Steve, as the story goes, looked up from

his Bible and stated, “God will help us through.”

Such faith is not confined to one religion alone. A major aircraft accident

in the Middle East involved a Muslim captain engaging in prayer and

accepting that his fate would soon unite him with Allah. As the cabin crew

awaited his command to evacuate the burning aircraft, he failed to respond.

The passengers and the flight crew all died in the inferno. There are very

likely many other aircraft accidents aided and abetted by the captain

surrendering his duties to God’s will. The author suggests that, if you board

an aircraft whose pilots are referring to their religious texts rather than to their

flight manual, the only prudent course of action is a quick “one-eighty”

(reverse course) to travel via another flight.

This blog is prepared by Allen Morris/aka Ace Abbott, the author of The Rogue Aviator: in the Back Alleys of Aviation (www.therogueaviator.com)