A drunk man had to be physically restrained mid-flight by two off-duty police officers after committing a series of offences, including making sexual advances on a woman sitting next to him and threatening other passengers.
Adam David Seymour was aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 49 from Seattle, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska, on April 5 when he allegedly got himself drunk and assaulted a woman.
This is evident from an indictment obtained by The everyday beasthe also lit a cigarette mid-flight and told his seatmate that “the plane was going to crash.”
The gruesome incident only ended when a pair of off-duty officers managed to restrain Mr. Seymour with flexible handcuffs – from which he even managed to break out.
When the flight landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Mr. Seymour was detained by airport police and refused to take a breathalyzer test.
The disturbing incident occurred on a flight from Seattle, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska
A criminal complaint details a series of alleged crimes committed by Mr Seymour
According to the United States District Court for the District of Alaska indictment, the victim, identified as DS, thought Mr. Seymour “appeared friendly at first.”
Mr. Seymour, who was sitting in the aisle seat with the victim in the center seat, then produced three colored bottles—pink, green, and blue—about three ounces in size.
Seymour opened the green bottle and drank the contents. DS could not see what was in the bottle because they were coloured,” the report said.
After ordering two Jack Daniels and cocaine, the victim said Mr. Seymour’s “behavior had changed.”
“He began double-tongued his words, began moving closer to DS physically, rubbed her lower leg and knee on the inside and outside without her permission, and tried to rest his head on her shoulder,” the indictment said.
In an interview with officers after the plane landed, the flight attendant said, “He groped me, assaulted a woman, threatened my life, and was obviously so drunk it was impossible to tell if he was going to explode.”
Mr Seymour reportedly made multiple comments about her sexuality, including that ‘he thought she ‘looked like a lesbian”, before telling her ‘we’re all going to die’, and making a gesture that resembled a plane crashing .
Despite trying to get the flight attendants’ attention, the victim claimed she couldn’t.
Moments later, she “heard a sparking noise and turned to see Seymour holding a lit lighter and a lit cigarette, which he began to smoke,” the indictment reads.
Seymour then started shaking the lit cigarette to put it out, telling DS, “I’m a bad person.”
The victim was then reportedly forced to write a message on her phone to get the attention of the people sitting in the front, both of whom were off duty.
Mr Seymour’s ‘behavior’ changed when he started drinking, according to US District Court criminal indictment
Mr Seymour is said to have said to the victim ‘we are all going to die’ and made a gesture that resembled a plane crashing
Mr Seymour is said to have then told one of the men, identified as RN, that he was going to ‘kill’ him, before asking one of the flight attendants to bring him a beer, which she refused.
The flight attendant reportedly “witnessed Seymour drinking something and asked him what it was, to which he replied, ‘hand sanitizer.’
The off-duty officers repeatedly had to restrain Mr. Seymour and stayed with him until the plane landed in Anchorage and airport police arrived.
Police said Mr Seymour refused to take a breathalyzer test, but an airport official said his hands had been wiped, which “alarmed the presence of cocaine.”
He now faces two federal assault charges.
This incident is the latest in a long line of complaints about disruptive passengers on domestic flights.
Last year, according to The Daily Beast, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) filed 2,456 unruly passenger reports, initiated 831 investigations and 567 enforcement actions, and proposed nearly $8.5 million in fines.
Earlier this year, an American Airlines passenger was arrested after attempting to breach the cockpit following an altercation with the crew over alcohol, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
Corporal Steven Heilman, of Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire Department, told DailyMail.com that Mr. Seymour’s case is still under investigation.