Sunday, December 21, 2014

Philly man charged with assaulting pilot at Dulles airport

Screenshot from a video captured of a fight at Washington Dulles International Airport involving a Philadelphia man and an airline pilot.
Screenshot from a video captured of a fight at Washington Dulles International Airport involving a Philadelphia man and an airline pilot.

A Philadelphia man is facing charges for attacking a pilot at Washington Dulles International Airport.

A video of the incident uploaded to LiveLeak.com shows the apparently drunk man yelling at a pilot about his delayed flight at the airport outside Washington, D.C. He curses at the pilot, who says he is too intoxicated to get on the plane.

The altercation continues, and the pilot says: "I'm standing right here. You want to go right now?"

The man walks over to the pilot and slaps him several times. He's then taken down by other people at the airport.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said 53-year-old Donald Gee was taken into custody in the incident. He was jailed and released after posting $2,500 bond, authorities said.

Court records show that Gee was charged in Loudoun County District Court with simple assault and public intoxication in connection with the Tuesday incident.

A United Airlines spokesman told WJLA: "Violence against our employees is unacceptable and we will review this closely. We are fully cooperating with authorities and do not have further comment at this time."


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