Most people have taken a flight at least once in their lives. Those who haven’t have probably picked someone up at the airport. It’s usually a routine operation. You arrive at the airport, check your bags, and wait at the gate. If you are picking someone up, you wait at the flight board to watch for their arrival. It is all rather ho-hum and, if we are honest, boring.
Last week, employees and passengers got quite a show at the airport when an elderly man stripped naked to protest the overbooking of his flight to Jamaica. The man had been told repeatedly that he was not able to board his flight taking off from the Charlotte Douglas International airport. To display his frustration, the man removed his clothing.
According to Charlotte resident Sherry Ketchie, 38, the more the airport employee tried to talk to the man, the angrier he got. Eventually, the man removed his shirt. He walked to the bathroom and returned without clothing. The man then headed back to the US Airways counter and continued his argument with the employee.
Funny to most at first, people quickly became alarmed at the man’s growing irritation. The heated argument continued until the police arrived and arrested him. The elderly gentleman told the police that he had stripped down to his birthday suit because he had gotten hot.
Although the police department did not respond to calls seeking comment, they did tell WBTV that the man was taken for treatment due to medical conditions and will not be charged in the incident. Says Ketchie, “There was no reason to get so angry to strip to the nude. I’m sure there were other flights he could have waited for.”
It is unknown what type of medical condition the man was or is suffering from.
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