Why I cuffed a drunk passenger on a flight – and why you should be concerned that I had to

Why I cuffed a drunk passenger on a flight – and why you should be concerned that I had to September 26, 2016


There’s a problem with laws that prohibit you from carrying into certain places.  Those “certain places” are never protected in meaningful ways.  If you go into a restaurant with a no carry sign, do you think the owners of the restaurant actually hire security in case things get bad?  Of course not.  The “no carry” sign advertises to criminals: the people in this establishment are easy targets.

But on airplanes, it’s different right?

Aren’t there air marshals on flights to take care of situations that might occur?

No, that whole program is a joke.

I was on a flight on Saturday on my way to New Hampshire, on my way to the Cheshire County Annual Republican Shoot. On the two hour flight, a drunk passenger kept causing problems.  He was yelling at passengers, the flight attendants, and would not calm down no matter what.  One newspaper reported incorrectly that the man was berating me the entire flight, which wasn’t true.  Had he come at me with that, I would’ve just kicked his ass.  However, I had to act when we were trying to touch down and he ran down the aisle.

“In all my years flying, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the passenger said.

When the plane landed, I held the guy down, while Charlotte police officer came on board and handcuffed him.  This is when he started yelling racial slurs at me.

“The sheriff handled himself extremely well. It could have gotten a lot worse because the guy was not backing down.”

While I appreciate the accolades, I’d much rather the government take safety seriously. Passengers in airplanes now are sitting ducks, but we shouldn’t be forced to choose between traveling and safety.

I discussed this in more detail on Varney and Company. Watch below:

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