'Intoxicated' man, 61, is arrested after growling and shouting at flight crew on American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City

 A man has been arrested after ranting at cabin crew and appearing to growl at them and gnaw on his face mask on an American Airlines flight on Monday. 

The man - identified by police as Timothy Armstrong, 61, of Las Vegas - was recorded on cell phone video and appeared intoxicated on the flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

Passenger Dennis Busch, who posted part of the confrontation to TikTok, claimed that the man had been making racist and sexist comments to other passengers during the flight before he started recording.

After the plane appears to have landed, Armstrong can be seen gesturing his middle finger, while saying 'that's what you think about us,' before quickly walking up the aisle to confront a flight attendant.

Fellow passenger Dennis Busch filmed Timothy Armstrong, 61, having an intoxicated meltdown on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
At the start of the video, Armstrong can be seen growling in his seat while playing with his mask

Fellow passenger Dennis Busch filmed Timothy Armstrong, 61, having an intoxicated meltdown on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

A flight crew confronted Armstrong about his behavior and ordered him to take a seat
Armstrong made the police at Salt Lake City airport wait while he was mumbling to himself

A flight crew confronted Armstrong about his behavior and ordered him to take a seat


As the flight attendant sees Armstrong coming near him, he tells the passenger to sit down several times. 

Armstrong appears to slur his words as he responds: 'What? What? What? What are you going to kick me off this flight? I'm already here.'

He then goes on to say: 'No! That's what you think about us'. 

Just seconds later, Armstrong is caught in his seat gesturing the middle finger one last time, saying: 'God Bless America.'

Armstrong is seen growling in his seat and chewing on his face mask.

Then he gets up and confronts the flight attendant once again, saying 'You can't hold us!'

Once the plane's doors opened, two police officers are seen escorting him off the plane.     

He was taken to a hospital to be checked out before police cited him for public intoxication.   

Police escort Armstrong off the place before charging him with public intoxication and disorderly conduct
Police escort Armstrong off the place before charging him with public intoxication and disorderly conduct

Police escort Armstrong off the place before charging him with public intoxication and disorderly conduct 

Busch dubbed Armstrong 'Kevin' in the video - meaning a male-version of Karen: a pejorative slur for white women who make entitled scenes in public

He said Armstrong started to weirdly behave when he was started yelling at an Asian woman, telling her to sit down while she was standing up to 'to deal with a back issue.'

Busch wrote in an Instagram post: 'He then told flight attendants that the woman and the person she was with 'didn't belong here'.

'After asking him to calm down the man went into a complete meltdown of racist, sexist and belligerent comments, culminating in his arrest at the gate,' Busch wrote. 

'We were lucky to have such a well trained crew who kept their cool throughout the flight!'    

American Airlines thanked its crew for the way it handled the incident on board the flight. 

'We thank our crew for their professionalism and our customers for their understanding,' a company spokesperson added in the statement.  


The Federal Aviation Administration point out that it has seen a disturbing increase in reports in reports of unruly passenger behavior in 2021.  

It was revealed last month that the FAA has issued a total of $1 million in fines this year against unruly passengers after receiving nearly 3,900 reports of incidents since January.

The FAA has proposed fines against 80 passengers so far, including one JetBlue customer who was hit with the heaviest fine of $45,000 for hurling objects at passengers and putting his head up a flight attendant's skirt on May 24.

Of the incidents, which were detailed by federal investigators for the first time, nearly two-thirds involved passengers accused of violating the federal transportation-wide mask mandate.

Federal documents also show that half of the 34 new incidents that resulted in fines involved fights on planes heading to or from Florida. Nine passengers were accused of touching or hitting someone else, and eight passengers are accused of illegally drinking alcohol they snuck on board, CNN reports. 

Unruly passengers aboard flights have made headlines recently and even spurred United Airlines to send out a company-wide memo, instructing its flight attendants not to duct tape passengers to their seat following previous incidents aboard competing airlines. 

This year, the FAA imposed a zero-tolerance policy for interfering with or assaulting flight attendants that carries a fine of up to $35,000 and possible jail time.  

Of the 3,900 cases reported, the FAA has opened 682 investigations into possible violations of federal laws. 

The number of cases under investigation are about three times the number the agency has had to deal with in the last 15 years. 

The FAA does not have the authority to file criminal charges, but instead proposes civil fines that the accused violators may pay or dispute.

House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio, of Oregon, told CNN that he would like to see steeper punishments for those accused of in-flight violence facing prison time.  

'The first time we take one of these jerks who is assaulting flight attendants or attempting to take an aircraft down - and they go away for a few years and they get a massive fine - I think that will send a message,' he said.

The largest flight attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants, has also called for more prosecutions.

'If you interfere with a crew member's duties and put the rest of the plane in jeopardy, or assault the crew member, you're facing $35,000 in fines for each incident and up to 20 years in prison,' association President Sara Nelson told CNN. 'People need to understand there are severe consequences here.'

The FAA has received nearly 3,900 reports of unruly passengers so far this year. It has opened 682 investigations into possible violations of federal laws, a huge spike from recent years

The FAA has received nearly 3,900 reports of unruly passengers so far this year. It has opened 682 investigations into possible violations of federal laws, a huge spike from recent years

House Transportation Chair Pete DeFrazio, of Oregon, said he wanted to see stricter punishments against unruly passengers aboard flights to curb the number of incidents

House Transportation Chair Pete DeFrazio, of Oregon, said he wanted to see stricter punishments against unruly passengers aboard flights to curb the number of incidents

These types of unruly passenger behavior has become a common problem for flight attendants in 2021, according to a study released by the flight attendants union on July 29. 

It included nearly 5,000 responses from flight attendants across 30 airlines between June 25 to July 14.  

The online study said 85 percent of flight attendants have dealt with unruly passengers; nearly 1 in 5 have experienced physical incidents in 2021; and 71 percent of flight attendants who filed incident reports to management received no follow up. 

Duct taping passengers can be common practice, with United Airlines reporting such incidents aboard their own flight in 2003, 2008 and 2018, The Washington Post reported. 

The International Air Transport Association said in a statement that passengers are only ever restrained as a last result if other efforts to get a situation under control have not worked.

'Cabin crew are trained in de-escalation and restraint techniques and equipment (if carried) by their airline,' the statement said. 'There is no industry standard restraint equipment, so it is up to the individual airline. Some airlines may equip their cabins with kits that include restraint devices.'

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