Southwest passenger arrested after urinating in corner of plane
A proud gentleman flying on Southwest walked to the back of the plane and offered to show his penis to a flight attendant. When the crew member refused, the offended passenger urinated in a corner of the galley and then became “very hostile” when asked to clean up his mess, according to a federal complaint. He became so belligerent that the flight crew “feared for his safety as well as that of the flight”, and one crew member said he “feared for his life”.
The plane – flying from Dallas to Burbank – was diverted to Albuquerque, and the 33-year-old man – Samson Hardridge of Lancaster, Calif., was arrested.
From the Washington Post:
According to the complaint, Friday’s incident began when passenger Samson Hardridge, 33, of Lancaster, Calif., got up during the flight to use the lavatory in the back of the plane. A flight attendant asked him to stand in the aisle because space was tight in the galley.
At the time, according to the complaint, Hardridge had his hands in his pants and asked if the flight attendant wanted to see his genitals. The answer was no. Despite being reminded to stay in the aisle, he “walked to the aircraft’s rear kitchen door and began urinating in the corner of the aircraft,” the complaint said. …
The flight attendant “felt like Hardridge was going to attack them” as he shouted and threatened them, calling them profane names and invading their personal space. …
After learning of the behavior, the pilot diverted the flight to Albuquerque. The criminal complaint, written by FBI Special Agent Stacey Stout, said there were probable grounds to believe Hardridge interfered with crew members and attendants, a federal offense. In a statement, Southwest said local police met the plane at the gate and removed the passenger and the flight continued to its original destination of Burbank “soon after.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico said Hardridge will remain in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday morning.
If convicted, Hardridge could face up to 20 years in prison, according to The Washington Post.