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Saturday
Jan052013

Raging Airplane Passenger Duct Taped to Seat

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The pitfalls of apparently mixing alcohol and air travel were taken to a new level when an evidently intoxicated man was constrained to his seat with duct tape on an international flight.

Iceland Air said the man went on a rampage on a New Year’s Eve flight from Reykjavik to New York, hitting, screaming at and spitting on other passengers.

Passengers took matter into their own hands, taping the man to his seat.

Andy Ellwood, who was on board the flight, snapped a picture of the disruptive passenger and wrote on his blog that the man became unruly after drinking all of the duty-free liquor on board.

“He was restrained by passengers and crew and was monitored for his own safety for the duration of the flight,” Iceland Air said in a statement to ABC News.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken by police to an area hospital where he was treated for alcohol poisoning. Port Authority police wouldn’t confirm that the man in the picture was the person they took into custody, but said he had not been charged.

 

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Wednesday
Oct242012

Sen. McCaskill Calls for Probe of 'Drunk' Contractors in Cellphone Video

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Responding to an ABC News report that featured cellphone video showing U.S. defense contractors in Afghanistan getting drunk and using drugs, Sen. Claire McCaskill has called for an Army investigation into the alleged abuses and how they went undetected by military officials.

In a letter sent to Army Secretary John McHugh on Tuesday, McCaskill (D-Mo.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, wrote that it is "imperative" that action be taken "to ensure that these allegations are fully investigated and the contractor and U.S. personnel involved are held accountable."

"In light of the seriousness of these allegations," wrote McCaskill, "and the potential for harm to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, I urge you to conduct a thorough review of the performance, management, and oversight of this contract and all other Army contracts for police training in Afghanistan."

McCaskill said in a separate statement Tuesday that "the shocking abuses by government contractors described in these complaints are outrageous and something that should offend every taxpayer."

As detailed on Nightline, the video, provided to ABC News by two former employees, appears to show key personnel from Virginia-based Jorge Scientific staggeringly drunk or high on narcotics at an operations center in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Jorge Scientific has won almost $1 billion in government contracts.

[ WATCH THE ORIGINAL NIGHTLINE REPORT ]

Questions posed by ABC News to the Pentagon have now sparked a criminal investigation by the U.S. Army, an Army spokesman said.  And the company has said it has taken "decisive action to correct the unacceptable behavior of a limited number of employees" and that several of them seen on the video are no longer employed by Jorge Scientific.

The two whistleblowers, John Melson and Kenny Smith, worked as armed security officers for three and five months, respectively, in Kabul as part of a $47 million contract Jorge Scientific had under the U.S. Legacy Program to train the Afghan National Police in counter-insurgency efforts.

The video they provided to ABC News shows the security manager for the company staggering about the operations center late one evening after taking large gulps of vodka and then engaging another employee in a half-naked wrestling match.

Another portion of the video shows the company's medical officer with glassy eyes and unable to respond to a request for help after shooting up with a prescription anesthetic, Ketamine.  The medical officer, Kevin Carlson, has since admitted to ABC News that he frequently injected himself with narcotics.

The two former employees said that the drunken and stoned security personnel would often throw live ammunition rounds and fire extinguishers into the flames and watch as they exploded, often sounding like a real bomb explosion.

"It was like a frat house for adults," said Melson.  "Some of them to the point where they were passing out, there's firearms laying around, some of them still carrying the firearms on them."

Both men, who have filed a lawsuit against Jorge Scientific, say they quit the company in disgust and out of concern that their own safety was being compromised by the behavior they describe, which they said was a regular occurrence.

"It wasn't every night," Smith said.  "It was every other night."

The company's operations manual describes a policy of "zero-tolerance for alcohol and drug use" and says all personnel must be on alert 24/7 for a possible terror attack.

Yet when asked if a response to an attack by terrorists would have been possible during the events seen on the video, Smith told ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, "No, sir."

The two men say they saw no evidence of oversight of the company by American military officials and that at least one U.S. Army major, a female, was a regular visitor to drunken parties at the facility, often using a room for sexual encounters.

"If true, these allegations raise serious questions relating to the Army's management and oversight of contracts in Afghanistan," McCaskill wrote in her letter to McHugh.

In a statement to ABC News, Col. Tom Collins, a U.S. Army spokesperson for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, said, "Clearly, behavior such as that described by ABC News is not indicative of the outstanding work that thousands of contractors and service members perform every day in Afghanistan."

But in Tuesday's letter to the Army, McCaskill, who has pushed for reforms to the government contracting process, wrote that she was "particularly concerned because of the legacy of mismanagement of police training contracts."

Earlier this year, McCaskill introduced a Senate bill, the Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012, which would increase government oversight over contractors and heighten contractor accountability.

In her statement Tuesday, McCaskill said that "the only silver lining" in the allegations against Jorge Scientific "is that I believe this alleged misconduct will add fuel to my fight to crack down on the dangerous failures in the effort to train the Afghan police force."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb162012

Drunk Pilot? Suspicion Delays Omaha Flight

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) -- A Frontier Airlines flight from Omaha, Neb., to Milwaukee was delayed Thursday when the pilot was suspected of being drunk and kept from boarding the plane.

"Our police received information alleging that a Frontier crew member was impaired and, acting on that information, our police intercepted the employee before he boarded the flight," Chris Martin, director of operations for Omaha's Eppley Airfield, told ABC News.

"They spoke with him, and asked him a few questions, and determined there was reasonable suspicion that he was impaired and turned it over to Frontier Airlines staff," Martin said.

A hotel shuttle driver tipped off the police, Martin said.

The pilot, identified only as a man, was not arrested.

"We acted on it immediately, as soon as we were made aware of a potential situation," Martin said. "We never arrested him. We talked with him and turned him over to the local Frontier Airlines staff."

Flight 1894, a regional aircraft operated by Chautauqua Airlines, was scheduled to leave Omaha at 6 a.m., but did not leave until 8 a.m. because the airline needed to bring in another pilot, according to ABC News Omaha affiliate KETV.

The flight's 29 passengers did not have to wait on the tarmac, however. They were permitted back in the airport to wait.

Martin said Frontier has deemed the incident a "personnel matter."

Representatives of Frontier Airlines did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"I know they have advised the FAA, as have we, so I'm sure they will also do an investigation," Martin said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul192011

Colorado Air Traffic Controller Accused of Drinking at Work

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONGMONT, Colo.) -- An air traffic controller in Colorado is under federal investigation after allegedly being caught drunk while at work.

ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reports that Federal Aviation Administration officials conducted a random alcohol test on the  veteran controller on July 5, six-and-a-half hours into his eight hour shift. His blood alcohol content, sources told KMGH, registered at twice the legal limit.

The controller, who has not been named, has since been removed from his position at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont while officials investigate the matter, KMGH reports. He has reportedly entered an alcohol rehabilitation program, according to ABC's Good Morning America.

It is not yet known if the air traffic controller was consuming alcohol while at work or if he went to work already drunk.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May062011

Caught on Tape: Arizona Police Officer Body Slams Drunk Teen Girl

Comstock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Phoenix Police are investigating the arrest of a 15-year-old girl who was seen on tape being slammed to the ground by the arresting officer.

Officer Patrick Larrison has been placed on administrative leave while police carry out both an internal and criminal investigation into the arrest.

A YouTube video captured the Jan. 25 arrest on camera, but police didn't become aware of the video until this Tuesday. Someone in the police department saw the video and reported it.

"That type of video is very concerning to us," said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump at a press conference Thursday. "What you see in the video is of great concern to the Phoenix Police Department about how a member of this community was treated."

The 15-year-old and her family have not been identified. The three-minute-long video starts with the girl having a fight in public with a woman who police identified as her mother. The mother has her daughter pinned to the ground in the parking lot of Charter East, part of the Ombudsman Charter Schools in Phoenix. The girl was reportedly intoxicated and sharing alcohol at the school, ABC Affiliate KNXV reported.

The charter school works with at-risk students.

The girl, wearing denim shorts and a T-shirt, fights her mother's hold, eventually getting up. The mother keeps trying to grab the girl, nearly pulling her shirt off.

When the police arrive, the girl is walking away from her mother. Officer Larrison can be seen on camera trying to catch up with the girl. He picks up speed. As she turns around to see him, he body-slams her, sending her to the ground.

"A charge here in what we're looking at, is there evidence of an aggravated assault or not," said Crump. "We have notified the County Attorney's Office of the video."

Officer Larrison is a six-and-a-half-year veteran of the Phoenix police force.

The girl was charged with aggravated assault for striking a school employee along with making threats to officers, police said.

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