Prior to takeoff, the boyfriend of a woman on the plane contacted authorities after he said Jacob A. Garcia began touching her, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Lazaro Llerena told NBC News. Passengers can be seen clapping and cheering as Garcia is escorted through the airport.
Police repeatedly used a stun gun as they struggled to remove an American Airlines passenger accused of touching a female passenger without her permission. Video of the incident was posted on social media, which shows Garcia fighting against the officers and refusing to get off the plane.
Police officials told ABC 7 Chicago that Jacob Garcia was charged with battery, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting an officer, and depriving an officer of means of protection.
The incident was filmed by an eye-witness as passengers were boarding American Airlines flight 2446 from Miami to Chicago O'Hare. Due to Mr. Garcia's clothing, one prong penetrated the area of his abdomen and the other to his clothing.
Garcia further delayed his departure - as well as the flight's - by entwining his legs with the aircraft seats. But once inside the terminal, they say Garcia "collapsed to the ground" to hamper the cops and then reached for one officer's gun several times.
[The flight crew] began the process of deplaning the entire aircraft.
The airline said the crew followed procedure and began deplaning, but that's when a physical altercation between the same two passengers occurred. "The same passenger was subsequently arrested by law enforcement", read a statement from American Airlines.
An officer was forced to tase Garcia as they struggled to get him off the plane, according to the police.
The flight that was scheduled to leave at 9:30 p.m. finally got in the air just after 10:30 p.m.
"We will cooperate with the Miami-Dade Police Department on this matter". We thank our crews and airport customer service team for their excellent work in this situation.