JetBlue Passenger Redefines 'Bad Seatmate'

Police say he woke up and began peeing on fellow passengers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2015 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Oregon man faces charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon. Jeff Rubin, 27, was arrested yesterday after JetBlue Flight 47 arrived at Portland International Airport, reports KOIN-TV. A police report says passengers and airline employees told officers Rubin had been sleeping for most of the flight. About 30 minutes before landing, they said, he stood up and began urinating through the crack between the seats in front of him—and onto the passengers sitting there. The report says he lost his balance and fell backward, splashing urine on passengers, seats, and luggage.

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The cabin remained pretty calm, says Suzanna Caldwell, an Alaska Dispatch News reporter who happened to be sitting two rows in front of Rubin. (She wasn't hit.) "It's not like anyone was screaming," she says. "I didn't even realize anything had happened until the flight attendants came up to me and told me police were going to come onboard." Rubin spent about five hours in jail and was released on his own recognizance. He faces charges of criminal mischief and offensive littering. (Read more JetBlue stories.)

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