Man refused booze on flight to New Orleans punched cops, threatened to put worker ‘in a body bag’

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Date: September 16th, 2018

Category: Nutty News

bagWhen crew members refused to serve him a fourth drink on a flight to New Orleans, a Southwest Airlines passenger threatened to put one of them “in a body bag,” punched two policemen in the face after landing, and was shocked with stun guns before he was arrested, federal prosecutors said this week.

Joel Michael Bane, a martial arts trainer from New Jersey, pleaded guilty in New Orleans federal court Thursday to one count of interference with a flight crew.

The flight attendants told Bane they couldn’t serve any more booze so late in the flight, and one of them told him to sit down. But he grew angry, refused to sit and asked what the flight attendants would do about it, according to the summary.

One of the attendants reported the commotion to the plane’s pilot, who announced over the intercom that all passengers should sit down if they didn’t want “security to greet you when we land.”

“We’ll handle any customer issues that you may have when we land,” the pilot said. “Please take your seats now for safety. Thank you.”

 Bane, prosecutors said, shot back, “That captain has no authority over me.” He continued refusing to sit, with at least one passenger recording video of him with a cellphone. That clip showed several people walking up to Bane in apparently fruitless  attempts to calm him.

Bane told one of the attendants that he was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He then said “the flight crew, including the captain, would be nothing for (him) to handle” and that he would put one of the attendants “in a body bag.”

After landing, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and a levee district policeman boarded the plane. But he ignored Levee Police Captain Vincent Yetta’s commands to disembark, yelling, “Move me!”

Yetta unsuccessfully tried to push Bane toward the door. Instead, Bane, who the court documents note is “large and very muscular,” pushed Yetta into a corner and then punched both him and Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carl Cade.

Other law enforcement officers rushed aboard. He shouted profanities and refused commands to get on the floor or put his hands behind his back, prosecutors said.

Officers finally shocked Bane with stun guns to arrest him.

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