Florida airport outburst caught on video
Call it airport rage on steroids.
Traveler Chris Murphy was at at the JetBlue Terminal Gate F at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport around 5 p.m. Sunday when chaos erupted.
The New York man was able to shoot video of a slim woman with brown straight hair screaming at a JetBlue employee who is on the phone behind a desk.
In a Twitter post, Murphy says that the flight to Newark Liberty International Airport was delayed and the would-be passenger flipped out, shrieking, “Get me out of Florida!”
In the video, you can see her hoist herself over the desk, jumping up and down and yelling at the top of her lungs. “GET ME OUT OF HERE! GET ME OUT THIS STATE! GET ME OUT OF THIS F----D UP PLACE, YOU RAPISTS!”
After her epic rant, the woman then takes her duffel bag, hoists it over her shoulder and calmly walks away into the terminal.
Murphy, whose Twitter bio says he is an actor and singer, posts “part two,” a video in which the woman is being led away in handcuffs. A number of officers, some with “TSA” on their uniforms, surround her as she screams, “I hate white cops!”
“Fun fact: The Florida Man is actually a white woman screaming ‘I hate white cops’ repeatedly while being arrested at the Fort Lauderdale airport,” reads Murphy’s caption.
In an incident report sent to the Miami Herald the Broward Sheriff’s Office, which patrols the county-run airport, the woman apparently missed her flight, and that may have been what initially set her off.
When approached by an officer after leaving the help desk, the report says she threw her bag at a wall and a ripped up boarding pass at him, which led to her being detained. The 26 year old California resident then became “irate” and yelled “profanities” when handcuffs were placed on her, according to the report.
JetBlue told Yahoo it is believed that alcohol fueled the traveler’s rage and she was denied entry to the plane because she had one too many.
“On January 6, crew members at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport requested assistance from local law enforcement after a customer was denied boarding for indications of intoxication and became disruptive,” an airline rep told the media outlet.
Due to her “ irrational statements” and “bizarre behavior,” the individual was thought to be a “risk to her safety as well as to others” and Baker Acted, meaning she was held involuntarily for up to 72 hours, the BSO incident report concluded.