This airline passenger's outrageous antics landed him behind bars

A man was charged Thursday with jumping out of an American Airlines plane and onto the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas Airport. The flight attendant immediately stood up and told Sein to return to his seat.

Tun Lon Sein, 22, was arrested on a charge of interference with flight crew members and attendants.

As the plane sat in a holding spot after pushing back from the gate, Sein allegedly unfastened his seat belt, walked to the aircraft's main cabin door and attempted to open it, the report said. All the passengers were seated, and the seatbelt signs were on.

Two airport workers stopped Sein before he reached the active runway. They escorted him back to the CLT terminal, where he was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.

He then bolted to the galley service door, opened it and jumped onto the tarmac, the complaint says.

While he spoke no English, a criminal complaint said he understood the flight crew's instructions before he exited the flight, the report said. He went into court Friday, but the hearing was postponed because the Thai interpreter could not speak Karin, a language of lower Myanmar, according to docket information. The plane was re-screened and landed about 90 minutes late at its destination of New Bern, North Carolina, the airline said.

"American Airlines flight 5242, operated by PSA Airlines, from Charlotte to New Bern, NC, (EWN), returned to the gate Thursday morning after a security incident with a passenger".

  • Zachary Reyes