What the hell are they doing to this JetBlue pilot?

During the flight, Osbon began reciting numbers and talking about “sins in Las Vegas,” according to prosecutors. The co- pilot locked him out of the flight deck and passengers subdued him as he banged on the cockpit door, prayed and talked about “Jesus, Sept. 11, Iraq, Iran and terrorists,” prosecutors said.

If convicted, Osbon could be sentenced to as long as 20 years in prison and fined $250,000, according to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana in Dallas.

Whaaaa?

Poor sod has a psychotic episode and you\’re going to put him in jail?

14 comments on “What the hell are they doing to this JetBlue pilot?

  1. That’s pretty much the standard, knee-jerk reaction of any US authority. Few other countries enjoy banging up its citizens with such enthusiasm.

  2. The Americans think that a criminal act occurred, because a criminal act has actually occurred. Maybe the pilot is crazy and gets exculpated. Maybe not.

    All we know, as fact, is the criminal act. Maybe the guy was prancing about like a loon to hide cocaine use, or stewardess shagging, in the toilet.

    Seems to me the Americans are reasoning properly, from facts, and you are not.

  3. ““Interfering with a flight crew”” was one of my favourite passtimes when I lived near Gatwick. Looks like getting away with the odd slap from a trolley dolly was pretty light punishment, in retrospect.

  4. Fred,

    No one is denying the act, or its potential danger. The question is whether it should result in 20 years in the slammer. ISTM, that the first thing to establish is whether a psychotic episode has occurred. (Which seems very likely). And I don’t think a court of law is the right place for that.

    I also wonder about the US soldier who went on a killing spree in Afghanistan. I’m not saying he can just go free, but merely imprisoning him, or worse, killing him, is not justice.

  5. Aaah… Having looked at the link, it seems his is being tested first. And I should hope so too!

  6. ““Interfering with a flight crew” seems a bit of a strange charge considering he is one of the flight crew.”

    Well, not really. What else should he be charged with?

  7. Such odd behaviour may result from drugs, whether intentionally administered or not. Just because it LOOKS like a psychotic break doesn’t mean it has to BE one.

  8. How about this?

    Find out ALL the relevant details about what happened first and THEN arrest/blowhard if there is a case for it.
    The American Federal Tyranny contains some of the nastiest pieces of work on the planet.

  9. He’s just lucky he didn’t send a racist tweet. Then they’d really throw the book at him.

  10. If convicted

    Two very powerful words in that sentence. I assume what they mean is that if he is examined and found to be sane, he could be so charged. He has not been found insane yet. I would also assume that he will be. But perhaps he was sane. Perhaps he was pretending. Perhaps he was doing some performance art. Who knows? But if he was found not to have had a psychotic break, how long should he get?

  11. But if he was found not to have had a psychotic break, how long should he get?

    What do they normally do? It’s a fine and being banned from air travel isn’t it? And, let’s be honest, psychotic episode or rational terror, he ain’t going to be flying for pay again, is he?

  12. If thew Cops programs are anything to go by the American police are very fond of handcuffs

  13. Surreptitious Evil – “What do they normally do? It’s a fine and being banned from air travel isn’t it? And, let’s be honest, psychotic episode or rational terror, he ain’t going to be flying for pay again, is he?”

    One would hope not. But that is probably what they will do. Lots of laws have severe penalties for severe cases. That doesn’t mean the judge will use them in every case. Or that it wouldn’t be reason to look at the case again if he did.

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