A man described as a ‘veteran in crisis’ was filmed yelling at Miami airport staff before throwing a heavy metal pole at them in a collapse that was filmed.
The unidentified man could be seen screaming and yelling at the American Airlines terminal at the airport when he suddenly picked up a metal pole used as a partition wall and threw it at nearby airport workers.
He was also filmed kicking a wet floor panel, the incident allegedly started after he entered a woman’s bathroom to confront his girlfriend.
Moments later, the man – who was reportedly intoxicated – was banned from boarding his flight, allegedly causing an eruption of anger.
” Where is the police ? A passer-by could be heard asking amid the looming incident.
A man was filmed yelling and abusing airline staff on Friday while at the American Airlines terminal at Miami International Airport.
The unidentified man picked up a metal pole used as a queue partition and threw it at airport workers
Miami-Dade Police say the man was a military veteran who was in the middle of an episode
The man was eventually apprehended and detained by police, before being taken to an area hospital for assessment, Miami-Dade police told NBC Miami.
Further details on the causes of the incident have not been shared, and it is not clear whether the man who threw the post will face criminal charges.
Miami International Airport officials say there has been a noticeable increase in aggressive passenger behavior, with the Federal Aviation Administration revealing that there were 150 incidents of unruly behavior in 2019, up from 3,800 up to present this year.
Meanwhile, the outlet reports that airline workers like Washington, DC-based flight attendant Linda Bumstead have signed up for self-defense classes as incidents and attacks on staff seafaring continue to increase.
While the course, which focuses on de-escalation techniques, has been available since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the number of course registrations increased significantly at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police apprehended and detained the man, before taking him to a hospital in the area where he was assessed
The Federal Aviation Administration revealed that there were 150 incidents of unruly behavior in 2019, up from 3,800 so far this year.
“The world has gotten a little crazy, so I’m not absolutely surprised, but I want to be able to protect myself,” Bumstead said.
The surge in airport explosions and violence coincided with the introduction of various travel measures and restrictions, namely mask warrants.
This year alone, more than 2,500 passengers have been banned by airlines for refusing to wear a mask, according to Reuters.
Travelers who have refused to wear a mask can now face fines of up to $ 9,000 as the FAA tries to deter the growing number of unruly passengers.
And more people are traveling by air this summer than at any other time in the pandemic, with 1,511,294 passengers registered on Saturday, August 28, up from 591,734 at the same time last year, reports the CDC.