He was physically violent and verbally abusive
A drunken male passenger had to be tackled with a taser gun by airport police at gate 46, Orlando International Airport on Thursday, February 24. He was subsequently banned by United Airlines and arrested.
The man - identified as Ryan Martin, aged 34-years-old - was from New York, and in a video of his arrest he can be seen acting erratically and heard to be threatening other passengers at the gate, including women and children.
He assaulted a woman during his drunken outburst
According to witnesses at the scene, at one stage Martin shoved a woman and her child, and later held the woman by her throat. She also alleges that he puller her hair, something that witnesses have also confirmed.
Whatever was driving him to act in such a fashion, it was clear that he was very agitated and that he'd had more to drink than he should have.
Alcohol and air travel don't always mix well
This is a good example of an occasion where alcohol serves only to aggravate a situation Airports and air travel can be stressful at the best of times, and often when passengers have had too much to drink, it can make the situation very unpleasant.
Earlier this month, a couple who were drunk and abusive to flight attendants and their fellow passengers had to be removed from a plane that was due to depart for Atlanta from Fort Lauderdale. The entire shameful incident was recorded on a smart phone by another passenger.
Ryan Martin from New York who was drunk and abusive to his fellow passengers in Orlando this week will likely face consequences for his actions, besides being banned from flying with United Airlines. He was booked into the Orange County jail on Thursday and now faces charges of child abuse, disorderly intoxication, domestic violence, battery and resisting an officer with violence.
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