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Saturday, July 19, 2008

New England Revolution Control Unruly Passenger on Flight to Los Angeles

The New England Revolution were taking a transcontinental flight from Boston to Los Angeles for a SuperLiga match this weekend.

What they did not anticipate was becoming a key deterrent to a potential incident.

According to the FBI:

"Craig Tornberg, the soccer team's general manager, said he confronted the man as soon as he saw him emerge naked from one of the plane's restrooms.

"I said he should get back into the bathroom and put on his clothes," Tornberg said after the plane landed in Los Angeles. "He said something strange to me. He said, 'I don't hear you. I don't see you.'"

Tornberg said the man complied and got dressed but a few minutes later "made a beeline for the emergency door."

Tornberg said he, assistant coach Gwynne Williams and Michael Burns, the team's vice president for player personnel, grabbed the man and forced him into a seat while a flight attendant tied him up.

"It was strange, but when he put his hands on the exit door — that brought it to another level," Burns said. "Clearly, he wasn't thinking straight."

The pilot diverted the flight to Will Rogers World Airport where the man was removed."

Source: Yahoo News, 19 July 2008.

Some people lead by words, and others by action as we saw in this case by the staff of the Revolution.

Well done, gentlemen.

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