Grandpas Take Down Unruly Passenger

Retired cop and marine team up to help flight crew subdue suspicious man
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2007 8:00 AM CDT
Grandpas Take Down Unruly Passenger
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(Newser) – A 65-year-old former police commander and a gray-haired former marine helped flight attendants subdue an unruly passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight Saturday night. The suspicious man threatened other passengers and refused to take his seat during the three hour Minneapolis-to-Boston flight, but the two undaunted grandpas managed to detain him before landing.

The long-in-the-tooth crime fighters worked out a signal with flight attendants, and tackled and cuffed the unruly menace. Witnesses say the ex-cop's wife didn't even look up from her book during the scuffle. "I knew how that situation would end," she told the Boston Globe. "I didn't know how the book would end." (Read more airplane stories.)

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