'Genius Millionaire' Apologizes for Rant on JetBlue Flight

David Brackett was kicked off plane after boastful brouhaha with another passenger
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2016 11:50 AM CDT

It's not often one has the honor to be seated in coach on the same flight as a 28-year-old millionaire with six houses and a 176 IQ. At least, that's what David Brackett claimed before he and two men were booted off a JetBlue flight out of Long Beach, Calif., on Friday after a heated confrontation, the New York Daily News reports. Passenger "Sara Walter Bear" posted the now-viral NSFW video of the incident on Facebook, and it shows Brackett—IDed by Travel and Leisure as the VP of a California real estate firm—fighting with an unidentified bald man in the seat next to him, making the above claims, and threatening to sue other passengers who were pleading with him to can it. "Mr. Bald, can't grow a set of hair," Brackett says. "I'm 28, I make $4 million a year. What do you do?" At one point, the bald man can be seen grabbing Brackett's cellphone, and Brackett accuses him of stealing it.

Air marshals finally came aboard and removed Brackett, the bald man, and a third man said to be involved. Brackett has since issued a public apology, blaming his meltdown on PTSD he says he suffers from after a motorcycle accident broke nearly all the bones in his body, per CBS Los Angeles. He claims the bald passenger provoked him by mentioning that a flight attendant appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent and may have had a bomb. "I lost it. I heard 'bomb' in my head and did what I did," Brackett says. Brackett says he's received threats and unfriendly comments on his Facebook page as a result of his behavior. He also notes he doesn't really make $4 million a year; he didn't comment on his IQ. (At least he didn't pee on anybody.)

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