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Charlotte flight diverted after passenger gets naked

Posted July 1, 2009

— A U.S. Airways flight from Charlotte en route to Los Angeles was diverted to Albuquerque briefly after a passenger removed his clothing and ran around the plane naked, Albuquerque CBS affiliate KRQE reported Wednesday.

U.S. Airways Flight 705 landed at the Albuquerque International Sunport around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday so the passenger, who has not been named, could be removed from the plane by the Albuquerque Sunport Police.

Passengers told Los Angeles television station KCBS that during the flight they helped to physically restrain the man when he refused to get dressed.

"We actually had to physically hold him down on the floor and handcuff his ankles, his wrists," said Matt McGinnis, who suffered several bruises trying to get the man under control.

When the flight landed, the man was arrested and handed over to the FBI. The flight then continued to Los Angeles.

It is unclear why the man removed his clothing.

(Information from KRQE)


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  • IzzMad2016 Jul 1, 2009

    mxteam44 : "Oh yeah they call him the streak..look at dat, look at dat..." by Ray Stevens. Right? I am your age (probably older). When I first read the story, the video of that song came to mind with the guy running across the football field.

  • mxteam44 Jul 1, 2009

    I hollered "Don't look Ethel!!!" But it was too late. She had already been mooned! You gotta be my age or older to get that one!

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 1, 2009

    The newer photo's made me laugh until I cried -- there he sits, naked as a jaybird, in 1st class. Letterman and Conan are going to have a heyday with this tonight. This is the best laugh I've had in days.

  • tsquaring Jul 1, 2009

    Can you imagine having the seat beside this guy... and in the last picture it looks like some put a hand on his rear. strange for sure.

  • alx Jul 1, 2009

    Its never a good lookin woman who does this kind of things

  • hiyadun Jul 1, 2009

    OMG that is just TOOOOO funny!!!

  • FloydRTurbo Jul 1, 2009

    Lets hope for the folks in West Durham that he has no affiliation with Duke. He could be a cuzzin of The Easleys and there some John Edwards jokes in here too.

  • grayboomerang Jul 1, 2009

    Perhaps no AC on the plane???

  • BuglessDuster Jul 1, 2009

    He probably enjoyed being handcuffed.

  • IMHO Jul 1, 2009

    So far, jkca gets my vote for best comment on this one!! That was FUNNY!!!