As humans we cannot always be perfect but it looks like the captain of JetBlue Flight 191 could be facing some serious charges after suffering a meltdown in front of passengers yesterday.
The flight from New York to Las Vegas was forced to land in Amarillo, TX after the pilot raced into the aisle ranting about al-Qaeda and claimed that there were bombs on the plane.
In the following YouTube video you can see a group of people restraining the captain as a stewardess asks the passengers to refrain from taking pictures:
The Amarillo Globe interviewed Gabriel Schonzeit, a passenger on the flight and she says that the pilot began pounding on the cockpit door and was grabbed by the neck by a prison security guard. The guard choked the man until he collapsed so that he would not be able to re-enter the cockpit. She found that his apprehension was necessary, “We all knew in the front rows if he got back in the cockpit, we were going down.”
This is when some of the passengers intervened and restrained the pilot who is estimated to be 6′ 3″ and 250 pounds.
According to JetBlue’s blog the pilot was suffering from a medical condition.
Pilots are known for facing a lot of stress on the job — and in this particular occupation, certain amounts of stress are necessary for aviators to remain situationally aware while fulfilling a number of tasks. Bryan Neville discussed the effects of stress on pilots and how it can be managed in the following YouTube interview.