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Video captures disruptive passenger being kicked off American Airlines flight

24 April, 2018, 03:38 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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A man was tasered and arrested aboard an American Airlines flight departing Miami on Sunday night after allegedly touching another passenger inappropriately, according to Miami-Dade police. Because the plane bound for Chicago hadn't yet departed the gate, crew members and police officers asked Garcia to evacuate the plane. "The same passenger was subsequently arrested by law enforcement", American Airlines said in a statement to ABC News.

Fellow passenger Jabari Ennis, 37, described the incident on Twitter: "The man started harassing a couple on the plane, hitting on the female and being disrespectful to the guy".

Video shot inside the terminal shows the man still arguing with officers as they load him onto a security golf cart.

In the videos, the man repeatedly asked why he was being escorted off, as passengers asked for him to be removed and even clapped when he was finally taken off.

Stay with Local 10 and Local10.com for updates.

Chicago's Jacob Garcia, 28, first received special attention after a female passenger accused him of improperly touching her.

"You just assaulted a lady, for one", another passenger says.




We will cooperate with the Miami-Dade Police Department on this matter.

Police said Garcia reached for an officer's handgun at one point and kicked the driver's side rear window of a police vehicle, causing about $150 in damage, WPLG reports.

Miami-Dade officers handcuffed Garcia after using the Taser, but he "wedged his legs and body in his seat in a way" that prevented them from removing him from the plane, the arrest report says.

Garcia refused to budge from his seat, police said.

American said the passenger was ultimately arrested by law enforcement officials.

Garcia was charged with felony battery, depriving an officer of a firearm, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.

Flight 2446 to Chicago's O'Hare airport, scheduled to leave at 9:30 p.m., was delayed about an hour. "We thank our crews and airport customer service team for their excellent work in this situation", American Airlines said in a statement.

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