A drunk chef who slammed a few too much Jack Daniels on a plane flight from Lexington, Kentucky, to Charlotte, South Carolina, was tackled and held down by the plane’s pilot after shoving a flight attendant last month. And, there’s video to prove it.
Michael Kerr, a 25-year-old resident of Lexington, can be seen in a video slurring at the stewardess, saying that he wants to get off the plane. Kerr later pushed the flight attendant, at which point the pilot jumped in and wrestled him to the ground.
“I was scared. I was very scared. I felt like the flight attendant’s life was in danger and I felt like someone else needed to step in, the way he treated her,” Brian Colon, a 23-year-old fellow flight attendant who took the video, told the Lexington News Observer. “We landed and were taxiing and waiting for the jet bridge to arrive at the exit door and the man started screaming, ‘let’s go, go.’”
Colon said the door of the plane was open at the time and that the pilot had to hold down Kerr for a good 15 to 20 minutes before police were finally able to get there.
“They had to hold him, solid, for like 15 minutes. They kept apologizing the whole time to the passengers. And the guy kept fighting back,” Colon said.
An FBI affidavit said Kerr threatened, shoved, kicked and spat at the plane’s crew before the pilot brought him down. He is facing federal charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with a flight crew or attendant, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Following the incident, Kerr can no longer fly on commercial planes in the United States, the Observer reported. He is also barred from contacting the flight attendant, who was injured at least as badly as to require physical therapy following his attack.