These jokers are going to end 135 jet charter. Which, I mean, arguably, is a good thing. But at least with pure 135 all the nuts know each other and tend to keep each other in check. You throw 7 strangers who all think they're ballers but can't afford the jet themselves in the back and I'm just surprised this doesn't happen more often.
Yeah. I mean, I'm that cisgendered white male who tends to think the cops are on the right side of things more often than not to start with, but I have a hard time featuring who wouldn't get a little bit of joy out of watching that crapbag begging for his mommy after he had threatened children with grisly ontological erasure. Of course, that wouldn't have happened had the children been in the baggage hold, where they belong...
"Before he boarded a JetSmarter flight in Las Vegas, Maurice Paola was a little-known DJ and music producer. Now, he's a symbol of private jet air rage and screening procedures at the flying service start-up.
Paola was one of several passengers on the flight headed to White Plains, New York, on Sept. 3. About 45 minutes into the flight, according to a criminal complaint and other people on the plane, Paola started screaming and threatening the other passengers.
As part of an investigation into customer complaints and lawsuits filed against JetSmarter, CNBC obtained an exclusive video of the flight. Taken by another passenger, the video shows Paola cursing and threatening to decapitate people who tried to stop him. He shouted: "Heads will be chopped off. Heads will be chopped off."
He also screamed, "I'm a sick f---. I was just in a psych hospital. You have no idea."
Paola then threatened other passengers in the small cabin of the Gulfstream IV, saying he would "kill them and their children," referring to a family on board that had a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old in the seats behind him, according to the federal criminal complaint.
One of the pilots tried to calm Paola and restrain him, but Paola became more agitated, screaming, banging his head on the walls and throwing cups and other items at passengers, according to the complaint.
The pilot went back to the cabin to divert the plane to nearby North Platte, Nebraska, where he could have Paola removed from the plane. The flight attendant armed herself with an oxygen bottle and the crew barricaded themselves in the cockpit while declaring an emergency.
When the plane landed, local law enforcement boarded the plane and took Paola down with a stun gun. He was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, according to court records. A judge found him "mentally incompetent and unable to stand trial," and ordered him held for mental health treatment.
After the police boarded the plane in North Platte, they searched Paola's luggage and found 45 grams of marijuana and $13,250 in cash, according to the criminal complaint. "
This is not good for our business. I’m hopeful the knee jerk reaction is pointed straight at the scum bag operations selling seats and not the whole jet. Powers that be must be dying to get some body scanners down at your local FBO, this would be a wide open door with the smell of fresh meat wafting out into the street.
There's nothing wrong with the concept, the problem is people like the guy in the video. Some 135s won't charter flights without a reference from an existing customer, who would have vouched for that D-Bag before he bought that seat? People with delusions of grandeur seem to lose their minds when they fly private, I've seen the results of some very despicable acts committed at 45,000' that never got any media attention due to NDAs. Crews want to help customers they are familiar with, strangers are viewed with a jaundiced eye until they prove themselves. I hate 135.