More terror in the skies as an unruly flier seemed to have an unsettling meltdown on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City on Monday. There was yelling, growling, and even some gnashing of teeth.
NBC News identifies the man as Timothy Armstrong, 61, of Las Vegas.
The TikTok poster (FunnyDenny) says the man was being a racist jerk to a couple of Asian passengers before he began recording.
One clip shows Armstrong growling and chewing on his face mask. In another he yells at a flight attendant insisting they couldn’t keep his “hostage” while on the ground. The plane was still airborne.
Salt Lake City’s ABC News affiliate reports the unruly flier was arrested and charged with public intoxication upon arrival in Salt Lake City.
As many have reported, the number of disruptive passengers has increased during the months of the pandemic.
There’s a longer clip of Armstrong facing off with the flight attendant on NBC News.
Those first few seconds of snarling have got some Walking Dead flavor in there.
Video taken by a fellow American Airlines passenger showed the 61-year-old man growling like a dog while removing and replacing his mask, yelling “God bless America” and making obscene gestures https://t.co/uOQulhjktP
— KTLA (@KTLA) September 7, 2021
NOTICE: The most meaningful part of this video is that man’s shock, that he is going to pay for his behavior: “REALLY? REALLY? REALLY?”
Ever asked yourself how white privilege looks in America?
MAKE THEM PAY.
— Ido Amir 💙 (@IdoAmir) September 7, 2021
Another great example of why being white in America is awesome.
Look how nice the cops treat him.
This is a violent man who is resisting and not following commands, but he gets treated like a delicate little flower. No tasers, no cuffs, no beatings, not even a choke hold.
— aaron “get vaccinated” gorga (@AaronGorga) September 7, 2021
This pandemic has destroyed most of the layers of faux-civility that had been trained into many people.
And while alcohol burns away even more, 4 years of TFG promoting “rule of the strong” got men like him okay with the idea they could just shout down anyone.
— Brasten (@BrastenXBL) September 7, 2021