These U.S. Marines subdue threatening passenger on commercial airline flight
“I knew I had to step in when he became a danger to others and himself,"
Three U.S. Marines stepped in to subdue a passenger making threatening comments during a flight from Japan to Texas. The incident happened May 4th
Capt. Daniel Kult, Sgt. John Dietrick, and Pfc. Alexander Meinhardt were traveling on a flght from Tokyo, when a passenger barricaded himself inside the lavatory.
“While watching a movie during my flight from Japan to Texas, I started to hear screaming coming from the restroom on board,” said Dietrick, from Mechanicsville, Virginia. “When I took off my headphones, I heard a man sounding very distraught and screaming from the bathroom.”
The Marines lined up outside the lavatory while a flight attendant unlocked the door. The Marines seized the passenger and restrained him with flex ties.
“I knew I had to step in when he became a danger to others and himself,” said Meinhardt, from Sparta, Wisconsin. “I didn’t think twice about helping restrain him through the rest of the flight.”
The Marines secured the unruly passenger to a seat and kept provided security for the remainder of the flight.
“We are well trained and it paid off today,” said Kult, an infantry officer from Coon Rapids, Iowa. “We just assessed the situation and acted. Working with the flight crew, we got the door open and from there worked together to subdue him. We didn’t take time to talk it over. We just got ready and did what we needed to help.”
The flight was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) where the passenger was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.
The incident is pending investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles.
Photo By Cpl. Joseph Garris | U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Kult, Sgt. John Dietrick, and Pfc. Alexander Meinhardt, from left to right, of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, pose for a photograph at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, May 4, 2020. The three Marines detained a hostile passenger who caused a disruption by making threatening comments during a flight from Japan to Texas, May 4, 2020. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Joseph Garris)