Martial Arts Coach Says He Was Tasered, Forcibly Ejected From Flight
Vietnam's national martial arts team head coach is demanding an apology after he was allegedly tasered and forcibly ejected from a flight earlier this week over a tarmac dispute.
Things got out of control when 50-year-old Le Minh Khuong's Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City was diverted to another city because of bad weather. While waiting on the tarmac during what was supposed to be a short delay before the plane took off again, Khuong walked into the business class section of the plane and demanded to be let off.
Khuong says he did not yell or cause a disruption, but another passenger quoted in a local newspaper says the tae kwon do coach screamed and threatened to get physical with a flight attendant.
But the coach didn't get to use any of his moves while on board the plane. He maintains airline staff used a taser and pressed his face to the floor in order to restrain him, but Vietnam Airlines is denying all accusations that staff used violence against him.
Things get even worse for Khuong from there. The plane taxied to the terminal and Khuong was forcibly removed, at which point he says airport security officers "twisted my hand, pulled my hair and shocked me with electric batons."
Khuong was traveling with his father at the time of the incident, and says he is not planning to sue the airline because he is "too busy" – he just wants an apology.
In a statement, Vietnam Airlines says that the airline crew and security officers did nothing wrong and that Khuong was forced off the plane for failing to comply with safety rules, putting the flight at risk.
Khuong is far from the first unruly flier to cause disruption: in January, two New Yorkers came to the rescue of an American Airliens flight attendant who was being attacked by a man who was angry he couldn't squeeze past the beverage cart. Last October, a passenger made headlines when he was ejected from a JetBlue flight over a seat assignment scuffle, while a few months earlier a JetBlue flight was diverted because a teenage passenger became unruly during an "anxiety attack."
Here is some news Khuong might be happy to hear: Just yesterday, the U.S. government expanded its three-hour tarmac delay rule to include international flights.
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