They say travel brings out the craziness in us. But this news just made the statement right in an unimaginable way.
A hypothetically scary scene happened where Air Canada flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Orlando after a passenger onboard attacked the crew and attempted to open the cabin door mid-flight. The aggressive passenger was identified as Brandon Michael Courneyea and crew members had to use zip ties to secure him to his seat after he became aggressively violent.
The flight enrooted from Jamaica to Toronto Monday night when attendants report Courneyea began yelling at fellow passengers who looked at him. The man then walked to the back of the plane, picked up a pot of coffee from the galley and started swinging it at crew members. The Air Canada flight crew contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Courneyea said he would take the plane down and attempted to open the rear cabin exit door as the flight was still in the air.
“When confronted by the flight attendants, Courneyea lunged for the rear cabin exit door and began to pull the door lever up to open the door,” according to a federal criminal complaint. “then was restrained by crew members and fellow passengers on the aircraft.”
As Courneyea grabbed a second pot of coffee, attendants and other passengers took the situation into their own hands by restraining the man and then securing his arms and legs to a seat. The incident lasted around 45 minutes before the pilot called for the emergency landing at Orlando International Airport. Once the plane landed safely in Florida, federal agents boarded the flight and arrested Courneyea on charges of assault, intimidation of flight crew member or flight attendant and interfering with the performance of duties. Courneyea’s wife says his arrest has come as a complete shock, saying his alleged behavior is not in keeping with the man she knows.
“That is not my husband at all,” she told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview. “There’s a lot more to what brought that on, because my husband is the kindest, most loving man you’ll ever meet. And anybody that knows him will tell you the same thing.”
Amanda Courneyea said her 33-year-old husband headed off to Jamaica last week from his home in Amherstview, Ont., to fulfill a long lost desire of having a vacation there. She said she had urged him to tick it away from their bucket list adding he travelled alone because the couple had five children, many of whom have special needs, and cannot be left in the care of a babysitter. But Brandon Courneyea’s vacation plans went drastically bad almost immediately, according to his wife, who said he told her that locals were threatening his life.
Now that was one hell of a crazy act where he tried ending everyone’s lives just because he was threatened by someone else. Yes! That defines a new level of craziness.