A man aboard an American Airlines flight from Miami was tasered and arrested on Sunday night after allegedly touching a female passenger inappropriately, according Miami-Dade police.
Before taking off from Miami International Airport, a man who identified as the boyfriend of a woman called authorities claiming that passenger Jacob A. Garcia inappropriately touched his girlfriend. Passengers say the man screamed and made racist comments.
Reports indicate that the 28-year-old had been rude to a couple and was moved to a different seat where he began making racial slurs.
The Chicago-bound flight was detained while crew members asked Garcia to deplane. He refused. According to reports, American Airlines began deplaning the entire aircraft.
An altercation between Garcia and another passenger – possibly the boyfriend – ensued. Miami-Dade police came on board and Garcia became combative with them.
Verified passenger video shows police tasing Garcia, who appears unaffected, at first. The man asks the three officers holding him, “What is the reason you are removing me from this plane?” An unidentified voice is heard responding, “Well, you just assaulted a lady, for one.”
The combative man attempted to grab the taser out of the police officer’s hand, but was eventually escorted off of the aircraft and taken into custody.
On the way to a police vehicle, Garcia reached for an officer’s gun.
American Airlines responded with a statement that included, “We will cooperate with the Miami-Dade Police Department on this matter. The flight, which was scheduled to depart at 9:30 p.m. ET, departed at 10:34 p.m. ET with all remaining passengers. We thank our crews and airport customer service team for their excellent work in this situation.”
Garcia was charged with battery, depriving an officer of means of protection, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and criminal mischief.
The remaining passengers were able to resume their flight to Chicago about one hour later than expected.