Marine speaks out after subduing unruly passenger on flight: 'We finally determined to step in and assist'

Captain Daniel Kult, U.S. Marine Corps, shares the story of restraining a hostile airplane passenger with two different marines on board.

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Kult joined "America's Newsroom" Friday to debate his position in serving to to detain a disruptive airline passenger, for which he has been hailed as a hero.

Kult informed host Sandra Smith that his journey to Dallas from Tokyo was speculated to be only a "routine flight again dwelling to the States."

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native was joined by Marine Sgt. John Dietrick of Mechanicsville, Va. and Pfc. Alexander Meinhardt of Sparta, Wis. The three are with the first Battalion, sixth Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Drive based mostly at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

"The three of us have been allowed to go dwelling early from deployment for a myriad of causes. We bought accredited to maneuver in the course of the navy cease order," he recalled. "After which, what began out as a standard flight, immediately about midway via became an fascinating one the place there was this particular person who barricaded himself within the restroom, began yelling some alarming and threatening issues, after which we finally determined to step in and assist the flight crew deal with the scenario."


Kult mentioned it took him and his companions a minute to determine what was occurring as a result of they have been all watching films with their headphones in. Nonetheless, as soon as they assessed the scenario, the Marines shaped a so-called "tactical stack" outdoors of the bathroom.

"After which, just about we informed the flight attendant with the flexicuffs to unlock the door and we'll deal with the remaining," he remembered. "So, when he opened the door ... I jumped in, I grabbed the man, pulled him out into the palms of Sgt. Dietrick and Pfc. Meinhardt after which collectively we bought him right down to the bottom and zip-tied him."

Based on Kult, the flight attendant had the ties within the hand and knew "type of what wanted to occur subsequent." Nonetheless, the primary set of flexicuffs didn't maintain they usually wanted a second pair.

The Marines then restrained the passenger additional by duct-taping him to a chair till they may safely land at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport, the place the passenger was taken off the airplane for a psychological analysis.

US Marines detain unruly passenger on flight from Tokyo to Dallas Video

"Did you ever see something like this occurring?" Smith requested.

"No, completely not, particularly simply making an attempt to go dwelling," Kult replied. "You are on a flight, , simply watching films. You do not anticipate to actually must be on alert. So, that was one factor I undoubtedly by no means thought would occur to me, personally.


"I all the time see tales, , of service members performing some type of act to assist out, however I do not assume [any] of us actually noticed that coming in any respect," he concluded.

An investigation of the incident is being carried out by the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Central District of California in addition to the FBI workplace in Los Angeles.

GaHealthy' Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is a reporter for GaHealthy Digital. You'll find her on Twitter at @JuliaElenaMusto.

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