A plane passenger was detained after he became embroiled in an argument with an angry pilot because he did not flush the toilet properly.
Salvatore Bevivino had traveled from Philadelphia to his home town of San Francisco on Sunday April 28, 2012, but when he landed in California he was greeted by officers from the Virgin America flight.
It was then stated that crew members have filed a complaint against him for “using profanities and not listening to instructions from the flight.”
The 52 year-old business manager for Genentech repeatedly used the call button situated above his head to ask for a drink. But he was told time and time again that if he wanted a refreshment he would have to order it using the computer touch screen on the back of the seat in front of him.
However Bevivino didn’t want to order his drink in this fashion and asked why the attendants couldn’t simply bring the beverage to him like every other airline. He then allegedly stated that he would make a complaint against Virgin America if he wasn’t supplied with his drink which finally got him what he desired.
The pilot then accused him of being offensive and leaving the toilet unflushed before asking FBI and TSA agents to escort him from the vehicle.
The police report declares that Bevivino had gone to the restroom once he had been provide with the drink. It then states, “[He] came back out with a smile on his face and began using profanities. [Name redacted] passed by the restroom and saw that Bevivino left the door open and did not flush the toilet.”
Bevivino has confirmed that he became agitated after not receiving his beverage but denies leaving the toilet unflushed. He is now looking to sue Virgin America because they violated his civil rights, leading to his false imprisonment which cause him mental anguish and humiliation.