Seat Grab: American Airlines passenger handcuffed to wheelchair and hauled off plane by cops after ‘stealing someone’s window seat’

Window or aisle? For many air travelers, the choice of airline seat, window seat or aisle is an enduring question; if not a source of countless arguments. A passenger was apparently handcuffed to a wheelchair and removed from the plane for refusing to get out of a seat that wasn’t his. The incident occurred when American Flight 2460 was preparing to take off from Dallas Airport en route to Los Angeles International Airport.

Passenger stealing someone’s Window Seat

The incident occurred at DFW airport on an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles. A passenger named John Gilbert was not happy with his seat assignment and decided to sit right behind First Class in the window seat. When the person who purchased the seat arrived, John refused to relinquish it. When the passenger who had booked the window seat arrived and asked him to move, the suspect reportedly refused to do so. Flight attendants intervened but were unable to convince the man to return to his proper seat. The disruptive passenger yelled at them saying, “Don’t force me. Don’t violate my freedom. That’s my seat. You don’t like it. Switch it.”

Passenger handcuffed to wheelchair for window seat
Passenger handcuffed to wheelchair for window seat

As the man continued to refuse pleas to change seats, flight attendants were forced to remove the other passengers from the plane. Four officers then entered the aircraft and returned a short time later with the man handcuffed to a wheelchair. Minutes later, Gilbert recorded video of officers removing him as he was seated on a wheelchair and handcuffed to it. The video captured by fellow passengers shows the man being led out of the plane handcuffed to a wheelchair. Also, the disruptive passenger is seen struggling with the cops. While it has not been revealed whether the man has been charged with a crime or not, but the flight was unfortunately delayed about 45 minutes before taking off for Los Angeles International Airport.

Passenger arguing for window seat
Passenger arguing for window seat

Commonly Chosen Seats

While many airplane passengers are just satisfied with a seat that isn’t next to a shrieking child, it’s observed that some have very specific tastes in where they sit on their flight. A recent study by British Airways reveals that the most popular seats on a standard Boeing 747 aircraft are at the rear with only two in a row, and are not stuck between two other seats. The most commonly chosen ones in economy class are pairs 51B/51C, 52B/52C, 51H/51J and 52 H/52J.

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