PSA: Don’t Smoke Purple Hash Before Getting On A Plane

This made my day. Via The Oregonian:

A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Portland after a belligerent man terrorized flight crews and passengers with gang signs, Jesus preaching and screams for booze, federal court records obtained Wednesday show.

The brouhaha began nearly the moment the suspect, identified in the documents as Lemar Sheron Rogers, boarded the plane Tuesday morning in Seattle and claimed he had a first-class ticket.

He didn’t. Nor did any of the 43 passengers. Attendants had to tell Rogers that the Sacramento-bound flight had no first-class seating.

And they asked him three times to stow his luggage, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S District court in Portland.

“I do what I want,” Rogers replied, the documents show.

He wasn’t joking.

Before takeoff, the suspect started pressing the call button above his seat. A flight attendant asked if he had an emergency.

“Yea … I need a (expletive) drink!” an agitated Rogers snapped, the documents say.

The outburst scared a woman sitting near him. She asked that she and her daughter be moved to different seats, the documents say. As the plane taxied then took off, the man repeatedly hit the call button, cussed and demanded alcohol.

The problems got worse when the plane hit cruising altitude.

Rogers started shouting at flight attendants that he had an emergency, telling one he wanted three glasses of wine, the records show.

When the attendant said he could only have one glass at a time, the man’s behavior escalated.

“Get the (expletive) out of my face,” he sneered. Then he said, “Jesus loves you,” according to documents.

Soon, the suspect was swearing at passengers, flashing gang signs and demanding to speak with the pilot, the documents say.

Rogers told authorities he had been smoking “purple hash” before the flight but didn’t feel high aboard the plane, court records show.

Rogers claimed any gang signs he “threw up were for Jesus” and that the woman who switched seats did so because he is black, according to the documents.

I mean, really, could this get any better? Read the full story.

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  1. OBVIOUSLY the passengers were racist and he didn’t really do anything that should cause them alarm. It will be interesting if the Feds prosecute him or not. Maybe he just had a bad childhood, due to the 1% that gets to fly first class.

  2. I’m pretty sure he’s the only person I’ve ever heard of acting like this after supposedly getting high lol that scenario seems more like a munchy affair haha

  3. What I find the most amazing about this story is that the plane took off after he began acting this way. Why wasn’t he off loaded earlier?

  4. I know we sometimes make fun of crews who overreact in kicking off pax, but jeez, this flight should never have taken off with him on board.

  5. Didnt know that hashis had a color. I think I have to pay more attention to the “Locked Up Abroad” series!

  6. It sounds like this guy might just have a mental illness. In which case, this would be an unfortunate outcome. Alternatively, he may have used PCP or some powerful hallucinogen right before the flight.

  7. never mind…
    (earlier comment)
    saw PSA on another web site and then looked it up: PSA = Public Service Advertisement

  8. sounds like a bunch of white people were afraid of a vocal black man on the plane. the charges sound trumped up and who smokes purple hash in america. He probably was smoking purps which made him loopy but he was probably pissed off from a nagging flight attendant

  9. Damn, I lived in the Jordaan (Amsterdam most lovely neighborhood) two years and I don’t know what the heck purple hash is. Gettin’ old, I guess…

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