This is ridiculously disruptive on so many levels …
United passenger attacks seatmates
The United Airlines flight Wednesday morning from Newark to Miami, UA728, was diverted to Charleston due to the terrible behavior of a passenger. 45-year-old John Yurkovich is the man behind the attack on several other passengers. WCSC reports on the content of the police reports on the incident:
- Yurkovich got up to go to the bathroom and returned a short time later, but seemed excited; At this point he became “restless” and “jumped around his seat”.
- Yurkovich then asked a flight attendant for some water, and then took pills from the trash
- Yurkovich then sat down again and began “screaming and punching”.
- Yurkovich’s seatmate held up his arm for protection, but was hit on the side of his face with a closed fist, breaking his glasses, and he also suffered a cut on his ear when the man tried to bite him off
- Other passengers intervened to hold the man back – a second victim was hit by Yurkovich, and that may have caused a broken nose; A third victim was also hit in the head
- At this point, other passengers helped hold Yurkovich back, and a doctor even gave the man a shot of Benadryl in the buttocks to calm him down
- When police officers boarded the plane in Charleston, they found that Yurkovich was being held face down on the floor of the plane with zip ties and belts – he had his hands behind his back and his face was covered with a shirt.
Passenger charged with… drug possession
Yurkovich was arrested and charged, but not for attacking other passengers. Rather, he was accused of possession of trying to distribute methamphetamine. Police found 1.5 grams of a white crystal substance in his bag that tested positive for methamphetamine. Yurkovich denied the meth charge:
“It’s not what they say. It is actually a sedative for cats. It’s not what they say “
So yeah, he claims he had … a sedative for cats with him. Yesterday afternoon’s bond was set at $ 50,000.
We hear of people who misbehave all the time on airplanes, but that’s on a whole different level. It seems that this passenger completely lost it and out of nowhere attacked his seatmate and then others.
It sounds like the passengers worked well together to hold the guy back until the plane could be diverted to Charleston. I think it’s not surprising that it was drugs, although I’m not sure why these are the only charges he’s facing right now.
I suspect the FAA will try to severely punish and / or imprison this guy.
(Tip of the hat to live and let’s fly)