An Asian man has been arrested and dragged off a plane that was destined to San Francisco from Honolulu. As the Alaska Airlines plane was boarding, Thang Sang, 28, went inside the airplane bathroom and locked himself in, reports KITV. That’s when the flight attendants called the sheriff’s deputies. When the officers arrived they tell Thang Sang to come out of the bathroom. Sang emerged from the bathroom with his shirt off soaking wet. The officers start to escort him out until Sang decides to take a seat. The sheriff’s deputies tell him to get out of the chair but Sang refuses and that’s when they get physical with Thang Sang.
Lindsey Babb, who captured the altercation on video, said, “Initially when we(him and his children) saw a man exiting from the restroom appearing to be soaking wet I was trying to … what was he doing taking a bath…”
“No, no, no, you got to get off the plane,” an officer is heard saying as Sang decides to take a seat. “No, I’m not going to get off of the plane,” Sang replies back. The officers cleared the area around Sang while Sang says, “I’m not getting off of this plane for no reason.”
He refuses to leave so the officers first handcuff his ankles. He yells, “don’t hurt me.”
One officer says, “If you comply you wouldn’t have to be forced.” They then try to handcuff his wrists but Sang fights back. “Give me your hand,” one officer says while holding onto Sang’s arm. Sang replies, “Don’t hurt me…I’ll stand up.” The officers pull Sang out of the seating aisle and get him on the airplane floor. They tell him to stop resisting to which Sang tells them, “You can go home now. I’m done. You’re hurting me…Please don’t arrest me.”
They finally get the cuffs around the man after a twenty-minute scuffle and drag him off the plane. The flight took off two hours later.
Lindsey Babb’s told KITV news, “This man is kicking and shouting, the police have weapons on them, they were scuffling in between 3 feet of aisle and multiple different seats of people and children.” She believes that the plane should have been emptied first before the officers attempted to remove the man.
Sang faces felony charges of assault of an officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
Alaska Airlines issued an apology after the incident. “The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority…We sincerely apologize to our guests for the inconvenience.”
Photos: Lindsey Babbs and KITV