An enraged passenger who couldn’t get past a beverage cart while en-route to the lavatory, punched an American Airlines flight attendant in the stomach and had to be restrained by additional crew and passengers. The 63-year-old man from Massachusetts was on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when he had to use the facilities. When the cart blocked his path to relief he repeatedly kicked it until it fell over. He then punched the flight attendant who responded to the commotion.
The passenger, Michael Isabelle, slugged cabin attendant Carlos Carrico after Carrico grabbed his arm. A second flight attendant, another passenger and Carrico put Isabelle into plastic handcuffs after he was wrestled to the ground. While the flight attendant refused to press charges against Isabelle, he was taken into custody by New York Port Authority police under arrival at JFK.
The in-flight incident took place on American flight 256, a 10 hour and 10 minute Boeing 767-300 non-stop flight. It wasn’t reported where along the route Mr. Isabelle had to use the potty. It isn’t known if he was inebriated from too many drinks on a such a long flight or if he was upset that he hadn’t worn his Depends.