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Veterans on Flight Subdue Crazed Man with Boxcutter

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Just in time for Veterans’ Day comes a story of mile-high heroism from some of our nation’s bravest.

It all began when a crazed man on a cross-country flight produced a boxcutter and began threatening to stab other passengers.

A passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight who allegedly boarded the plane with two box cutters was taken into custody after an emergency landing Friday night, according to the airline and the Transportation Security Administration.

The troubled man was quickly incapacitated thanks to the bravery and haste of veterans and police officers on board.

Several passengers on the flight, including military veterans and a former law enforcement officer, helped crew members subdue the man after they landed, according to eyewitnesses.

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The flight was en route to Tampa from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport when it was diverted to Atlanta “after a passenger on board the aircraft was observed in possession of a box cutter,” Frontier said in a statement.

The man had told the female passenger next to him that he wanted “to stab people”, flashing the boxcutter as he spoke.

A Navy man volunteered to switch seats with the woman after flight attendants got wind of the situation.

Flight attendants asked if anyone had any military or police background and would switch seats or go to the back of the plane, he said. Cumberbatch, a Navy veteran, volunteered to switch seats with the woman, he said.

At the back of the plane, Cumberbatch found the man leaning against the window-seat passenger with his feet up in the aisle seat, before getting up to go to the bathroom.

When the man exited the bathroom, he confronted Cumberbatch in the aisle, in what Cumberbatch described as a “showdown.”

“People back there, you could literally see they’re afraid. So that’s why I stood there, to give them a calming presence and let this guy know there’s somebody watching, someone who you will have to deal with if you take it to the next level,” Cumberbatch said.

The situation got dicey after landing and evacuating most of the passengers.

Cumberbatch and an Army veteran remained on the plane while the former officer helped escort the man down the aisle, he said. When police officers arrived, the man “got agitated” and the former officer gave him a warning before tackling him, Cumberbatch said.

Veterans on Flight Subdue Crazed Man with Boxcutter

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.


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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.