American Airlines flight is forced to divert because of ‘drunk’ passenger who did pull-ups on the overhead baggage hold and ‘shouted at flight attendant’

An American Airlines flight was forced to divert on Monday night due to a ‘drunk’ and belligerent passenger who used the overhead baggage compartment to do pull-ups and verbally abused a flight attendant.

Flight 2763 left Phoenix, Arizona, for Boston at 3.30pm local time. It was due to land in Boston at around 10.30pm but had to stop and let the man off in Kansas City, Missouri.

According to other passengers, the man, who has not been named, boarded the plane with a woman and two dogs.

He appeared to be drunk and was ‘stumbling’ on the aircraft, according to other passengers.

American Airlines insists that the man was not drunk when he boarded the plane.

During the flight, the man got out of his seat and did pull-ups from the overhead baggage compartment.

 

When a flight attendant approached him and told him to sit down, he became aggressive and shouted at her, they said.

‘The flight attendant probably asked him three or four times to sit down and he refused to sit down and then he really got verbally abusive with her, starting calling her names,’ passenger David Markoski told CBS Boston.

 

The man called her ‘names’, they added, but they would not say what those names were.

At Kansas City, security guards hauled him off the plane. His companion and their two dogs disembarked with him.

He was escorted off premises but was not charged.

American Airlines confirmed the diversion and said it was due to the man being ‘unruly’ but they would not share further details of the incident.

The plane eventually arrived in Boston just after 1am on Tuesday morning.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6231699/American-Airlines-flight-forced-divert-drunk-passenger-did-pull-ups.html

‘Disruptive’ and drunk passenger grounds Ryanair flight

A flight to Spain had to make a u-turn after a drunk passenger slapped another woman on board, it has been reported.

The Ryanair flight from Bristol to Alicante had only been in the air a short time when the “disruptive” passenger forced it to return.

Upon landing, police escorted a 53-year-old woman off the plane and arrested her on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft.

Avon and Somerset Police said the woman has been released under investigation.

A Bristol Airport spokeswoman said the flight was diverted just as it reached the Dorset coast.

According to the Bristol Post, the incident involved a drunken woman who slapped another passenger.

The spokeswoman said: “As this is an ongoing police matter Bristol Airport is unable to comment further.”

Ryanair said: “The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft departed to Alicante.

“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-45725700

Black girl denied urgent care when workers don’t believe her mother is white

WALDORF, MD (WJLA/CNN) – A white Maryland mother says she was hurt by the assumption she and her black daughter weren’t a family when she says the two went to a medical clinic that didn’t believe she was the child’s mother.

Karen Dresser says a Patient First urgent care clinic in Waldorf, MD, denied her 12-year-old adoptive daughter treatment because the mother is white and her daughter is black.

Dresser says workers at the clinic didn’t believe she was the girl’s mother, and they asked for papers to prove their relationship. She said the two had been to the clinic several times before.

“At first, I was just numb. I was in disbelief, actually,” Dresser said. “We are a family in every sense of the word, and for somebody just to make the assumption that we weren’t is hurtful.”

Dresser was so stunned she went to Facebook to see if any other mothers had been turned away or asked to produce guardianship papers during a visit to the clinic.

“And by the time I was home, I had lots of people saying, ‘No, never.’ So, I know it was a color issue,” she said.

 

http://www.wbtv.com/2018/09/30/black-girl-denied-urgent-care-when-workers-dont-believe-her-mother-is-white/

Kavanaugh Hearings Shine a Light on College Alcohol Abuse

The recent hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court are notable for many reasons. But, as a psychology and health writer, it was Kavanaugh’s attempt to normalize his drinkingand that of his friends in high school and college that caught my attention. “Everyone did it. Didn’t you?” seemed to be his message. For example, at various times Kavanaugh said:

  •  “I drank beer with my friends. Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer.”
  • “We drank beer and, you know, so did, I think, the vast majority of people our age at the time. But in any event, we drank beer—and still do. So whatever, you know.”
  • “Sometimes I had too many beers. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”
  • “There is a bright line between drinking beer, which I gladly do, and which I fully embrace, and sexually assaulting someone, which is a violent crime.”

Unfortunately, Kavanaugh is right that excessive drinking is common among some groups and in certain places, such as college fraternities. But common as it is, excessive drinking is certainly not harmless or normal. With college drinking in the news, now would be a good time to review the statistics about the harms of college and underage drinking.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/changepower/201810/kavanaugh-hearings-shine-light-college-alcohol-abuse