Just getting drunk, unruly, and causing a flight to divert just doesn’t seem to do it for me anymore. Well a Virginia resident, Muhammed Abu Tahir is taking it to the next level. He was on Air Tran flight 39 from Atlanta to San Francisco and decided to have a few (and by a few I mean five) airline-sized bottles of wine. Anyone having that much wine is mostly going to use the lavatory at some point.
Tahir seemed to enjoy being in the lavatory, but wanted to be a little more comfortable. He took off his shoes and socks and placed them outside the door. He later opened up the door and flight attendants could see he also took off his shirt and was shaving. At this point the crew felt it would be in the flight’s best interest if Tahir sat back down.
This is where Tahir had a decision to make. Either he sits down and provides a fun story the flight attendants to tell later or he makes a big deal out of it and causes a diverted flight and gets arrested. Unfortunately Tahir didn’t choose wisely. He become aggressive and refused to leave the bathroom. Flight attendants enlisted passengers to stand guard outside the bathroom with fire extinguishers while the crew blocked the cockpit door with a drink cart. Tahir was still in the bathroom when the flight finally landed.
The pilot decided to make an emergency landing at Colorado Springs and F-16’s were scrambled to help escort the flight. The flight landed with no other incident and Tahir got to make some quick friends with law enforcement. and might see some jail time.
No word if he got his AirTran miles for flying from Atlanta to Colorado Springs.
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