A boastful JetBlue passenger who was one of three men removed from a California flight has apologized for his behavior, reportedly blaming the incident on post-traumatic stress from a severe motorcycle crash.
The incident prior to takeoff was captured on cell phone video and uploaded to the Rants of a Sassy Stew Facebook page.
During the not-very-smart bickering with two other men sitting across the aisle, the passenger later identified as David Brackett, 28, bragged about earning $4 million a year, owning six houses, having a 176 IQ plus 20/20 vision, and mocking one of his adversaries for being bald and a loser.
“David Brackett…was filmed disobeying crew and yelling obscenities with two other people,” the Daily Mail recalled.
“Hey guys, can I whoop this guy in the back real quick so we can get this flight going?” the bald dude in the opposite seat appears to have chimed in about the JetBlue millionaire.
Brackett also threatened to sue the person filming the confrontation.
“The drunken war of words was recorded on April 8, before the plane flew from Long Beach to Sacramento,” the New York Daily News explained. “Nearby passengers can be seen holding their heads in their hands or shouting at the men as the situation unfolded.”
The verbal disruption goes on for about 11 cringe-worthy, expletive-filled minutes as the plane apparently taxied back to the gate and air marshals and/or local cops came aboard to remove all three of the men to the applause of the other travelers.
“Bye, Felicia,” a woman quipped as the first man was escorted off the plane by law enforcement officers.
See the NSFW (for language) clip embedded below.
At the beginning of the footage, a female passenger admonishes them that “You guys need shut the hell up. We’re trying to relax and have a nice flight. You guys are drunk and making a disturbance. Sit the hell down.”
After they were booted from the flight, Long Beach police subsequently determined that they weren’t drunk after all once the trio underwent blood-alcohol testing,” CBS News Los Angeles reported. They were then later released by the cops.
“Two of the men were arrested for being drunk in public, according to police. The men were later released from Long Beach Jail after their breath test results were below the.15 blood alcohol content level. No charges were filed,” ABC News added.
An apologetic Brackett told CBS that “I’m standing up for my mistakes. I’m not blaming anybody but myself for the actions that I did. The PTSD thing that I do have, it’s the first time where I’ve had to do something that I regret.”
Bracket added that he lost it and wanted to get off the plane when “the other passenger told him the flight attendant was of Middle Eastern descent and likely had a bomb.”
While admitting that the $4 million salary boast was an over-the-top exaggeration, Brackett also admitted feeling unsafe after receiving threats via his work email and on Facebook once the JetBlue cell phone footage surfaced.
According to Travel and Leisure, Brackett may be a vice president of a California real estate and mortgage firm.
JetBlue issued a statement about the incident on the California flight.
“On April 8, Flight 266 from Long Beach to Sacramento returned to the gate shortly before departure following a report of disruptive customers in the cabin. The aircraft was met by local authorities where the customers were removed before the flight continued on to Sacramento.”
[Photo by Damian Dovarganes/AP]