Florida man calls American Airlines passengers 'white devils with blue eyes' and threatens to 'bring this plane down'

A Florida man aboard an American Airlines flight was helmeted, removed from the plane and arrested after calling other passengers “white devils with blue eyes” and threatening to “bring this plane down with all your motherfuckers on board.” “.

Shail Patel, 29, was drunk when he boarded the Tampa-Philadelphia flight Tuesday and began “upsetting passengers, swearing at flight attendants, threatening passengers and moving aggressively around the 'airplane,' according to court documents, according to WFLA.

The report said he behaved in a hostile manner after boarding and “began acting erratically, shouting and swearing at passengers.”

Patel called the passengers “white devils with blue eyes” and threatened to “bring down this plane with everything you have on board,” according to court documents. He is also accused of slapping a passenger on the hand and face and spitting on them.


Shail Patel

Shail Patel, 29, was arrested after calling other passengers “white devils with blue eyes” and threatening to “bring down this plane with all your bastards on board”. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

Video footage of the incident showed Patel shouting anti-Semitic slurs at a flight attendant before being put in a headlock by another passenger and removed from the plane.

“I'm trying to get back to my home country and you've made it harder for me to get there,” he was heard shouting at one point in the video.

A flight attendant used the plane's public address system to ask if there were any off-duty police officers on board who could help restrain Patel. Police said six off-duty law enforcement officers intervened and took him off the plane.

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An American Airlines plane appearing to take off from an airport

Police said Patel slapped a passenger in the hand and face and spat on him. (iStock)


“Prior to the departure of American Airlines Flight 2506 operating from Tampa (TPA) to Philadelphia (PHL), law enforcement was contacted on the aircraft due to a cabin disturbance involving a customer disruptive,” American Airlines said in a statement to Fox. Digital News. “We thank our team for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience caused.”

The flight was 30 minutes late due to the incident.

Patel was arrested on two counts of battery and one count of disorderly intoxication. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on $2,150 bail.


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