Turns out it’s a bit discomfiting to have a pilot yelling about terrorists during a flight, enough so that 10 passengers are suing JetBlue over the March incident when a pilot had to be locked out of the cabin and then forcefully restrained onboard.
The passengers say they feared for their lives when the pilot was running around the cabin yelling about Al-Qaeda and Jesus, and claim in the lawsuit that the airline was “grossly negligent” in allowing him to fly, reports the Associated Press.
No one on board was seriously hurt when passengers and the flight crew tried to restrain the pilot, but the flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas. The pilot claimed afterward that he was insane at the time of the incident.
He’ll be facing a hearing on Friday to determine if he’s mentally competent to stand trial for federal charges of interfering with a flight crew. A conviction could mean 20 years in jail.
JetBlue passengers sue airline over pilot scare [Associated Press]