Southwest Passenger Puts Hand Down His Pants Makes Lude Suggestion
A California man is facing federal charges after urinating in the aisle during a Southwest flight, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Samson Hardridge, 33 from Lancaster, California, was flying aboard Southwest flight 474 from Dallas to Burbank on February 18, according to the DOJ. Hardridge stood up from his seat shortly after takeoff to use the restroom and was asked by the flight attendant to wait in the aisle of the plane instead of the galley because it was small.
Hardridge, who at this time had his hand in his pants, asked the flight attendant if she’d like to see his penis. When she declined and asked that Hardridge remains in the aisle, Hardridge peed on the floor in the corner of the plane.
Hardridge also became hostile, yelled, at, and threatened the flight attendants then refused to clean up his urine. The flight was ultimately diverted to Albuquerque because the flight crew “feared for their safety as well as that of the flight.”
Hardridge was charged with interfering with flight crew members and attendants and is facing up to 20 years if convicted.
This incident is one of many recent examples of unruly passengers aboard flights. Southwest recently banned a passenger who attacked a flight attendant, which resulted in serious injuries, including the loss of two teeth.
As of February 22 of this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported 607 cases of unruly passengers aboard flights.
“On February 18, Southwest Flight 474 diverted to Albuquerque due to an unruly customer,” a representative for Southwest Airlines said. “Local police met the aircraft once it was at the gate, removed the Customer and the flight continued to Burbank a short time later.”