‘Don’t Put Your Hands On My Flight Attendant’: Pilot Tackles Harasser

An American Airlines pilot handled a messy situation really well when a drunk passenger allegedly shoved one of his crew members.

When a drunken Kentucky man started misbehaving aboard a Charlotte, NC-bound American Airlines flight, the captain showed him who was really in charge.

Now identified as Michael Kerr of Lexington, the unruly passenger refused to follow the crew’s instructions after reportedly downing three Jack Daniel's.

He then began threatening a female flight attendant. When he shoved her to the floor, his antics prompted the pilot to tackle him.

Footage of the incident, posted by the Charlotte Observer, shows the pilot tackling Kerr and telling him, “Sit down. Sit down. Enough. You don’t put your hands on my flight attendant. Enough. You hear me?”

As per an FBI affidavit, Kerr “kicked one attendant in the leg and shoved another to the floor.”

“She’s as angry as anyone would be, but she’s also very forgiving,” said a friend of one of the assaulted flight attendants, Tanise Love. “I don’t think she’s so much focused on the assailant or his wrongdoing, she’s just focused on getting better.”

The incident occurred on July 21 and Kerr appeared in court on Aug. 1 to address charges stemming from the crew members. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines on federal charges.

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