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Another day, another passenger behaving badly. It will never cease to amaze me what happens when you mix alcohol with people stuck in a flying metal tube. This time, a man traveling to Alaska to settle his recently deceased friend’s estate allegedly made “sexual advances” toward a male flight attendant and kissed him on the neck.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The New York Post, First-class passenger David Alan Burk, created a “level 2 security threat” on board the April 10th flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). According to what was reported, Burk was apparently upset that he did not receive a pre-departure beverage. Later in the flight, when a glass of red wine and then a meal were brought to him, he supposedly began flirting with the flight attendant and allegedly told him “you’re so beautiful” according to the affidavit. This progressed to Burk reportedly asking for a kiss and then kissing the flight attendant’s neck. The flight attendant left the First Class cabin and went to the back of the plane. During this time, Burk went into the galley and allegedly “[broke] the tray and plate containing the captain of the plane’s meal, which had not been served yet.”
Upon arrival at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), local authorities and FBI agents met the plane. Burk reportedly told law enforcement that he didn’t recall the events of the flight and that he only had one glass of wine before going to sleep. Burk was charged with interfering with flight crew and making false statements. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on April 27th.
Anthony’s Take: I’ve seen plenty of intoxicated passengers through the years. Some were loud, others abusive with crew, and one vomited all over the lavatory. Alcohol and travel don’t always mix well. Sometimes it’s best to save the partying for when you arrive, as incidents at 35,000 feet are no laughing matter.
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