Intoxicated Southwest Airlines Passenger Restrained With Zip Ties

"He was acting very inappropriate."

By Eric Shorey

This past Saturday, a Southwest Airlines passenger was ejected from a flight after refusing to leave the bathroom. Moments later he was seen violently barging back on to the plane. Airline employees tackled the man to the floor and restrained him by zip tying him to a seat until police arrived, according to CBS News.

"He was already boarded, and he went into the bathroom, and they just told us they were trying to get him out of the bathroom, and they took him off the plane," said Rick Alonzo, a passenger on the flight. "Next thing you know, he tried to fight his way back on, and that's when the Southwest guys came and got him."

"He was violently getting back on the plane, like pushing people, so one of the guards tackled him in front of my feet," added Molly O'Malley, another witness. "He was acting very inappropriate."

Southwest Airlines have since issued a statement on the situation:

"The passenger became unruly and our Employees utilized their training to manage the situation until local law enforcement could assist with removing the passenger from the flight ... Our employees are trained to deny boarding to passengers who appear to be intoxicated, as well as to address passengers who become unruly and/or create a disturbance in flight."

At least one flight attendant was injured during the skirmish and was unable to fly. Shockingly, the flight only ended up being delayed one hour due to the commotion. It's unclear what charges the man kicked off the flight will face.

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