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  • iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A passenger on an American Airlines flight to Miami was arrested after he allegedly launched into a midair, profanity-laced tirade and traded punches with others on the plane who were trying to restrain him.The whole incident was caught on tape after passenger Jason Felix began yelling at flight attendants over their refusal to sell him more alcohol, according to charging papers.An off-duty police officer on the plane, dressed in a blue plaid shirt in the video, stepped in to try to restrain the unruly passenger, but Felix only became more enraged. Finally, another passenger talked down Felix and he calmed down."You need to please sit down. I’m not bringing you more beers," a flight attendant is heard saying in the video. "Please sit down. We will be there in an hour. Why do you have this attitude? You had a couple of beers."The flight from St. Croix landed in Miami on Wednesday, where Felix was taken off the plane by responding officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department. He was then taken into custody by the FBI, since the incident took place on a plane.Felix is facing federal charges of interfering with a flight crew.Felix told another passenger that he was going to kill him and spit blood on him, an FBI agent said in the complaint obtained by Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV. The complaint also says the flight attendant in the video tried to get Felix to leave the plane's bathroom, but was called a homophobic slur.American Airlines said in a statement they were proud of the way their employees handled the situation."On Wednesday, May 23, American Airlines requested law enforcement meet flight 1293 from St. Croix to Miami due to a disruptive passenger. We thank our crew for taking care of our customers and are proud of the work they do every single day. Please contact law enforcement for additional details."
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  • Joe Raedle/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- The grocery store chain Publix was on the defensive Friday evening after Parkland student activist David Hogg staged a "die in" over the store's donations to Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam.Publix announced Friday it would suspend political donations in the wake of Hogg's organized protest."At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues," the grocery store said in a statement. "We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community. We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping environment for our customers.""We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve," the statement continued. "As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we re-evaluate our giving processes."Hogg, a student who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, campaigned against Publix over the store's donations to Putnam, who is an ardent supporter of the National Rifle Association. Putnam, who has served as Florida state agricultural commissioner since 2010, is running in this year's election to replace Rick Scott as governor.Publix is one of Putnam's biggest contributors. The grocery store donated over $118,000 to Putnam's campaigns from 1999 to 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks funding and lobbying efforts.The grocery store has donated over $2.1 million to political candidates and political action committees (PACs) in the 2018 election cycle, according to the Florida Division of Elections. While only $3,000 was donated directly to Putnam from Publix, many of the PACs that received hundreds of thousands of dollars have relationships with Putnam's campaign.Putnam is an outspoken supporter of the NRA. He tweeted on July 25, 2017, "The liberal media recently called me a sellout to the NRA. I'm a proud #NRASellout!" He was given an A+ by the NRA in its ratings in 2010.Hogg started the momentum against Putnam and Publix in a tweet on May 22, when he called for people to stop shopping at the store until it rescinded its endorsement of the candidate.Putnam has not commented on Hogg's activism.Hogg has organized for a number of causes since the Valentine's Day shooting that killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In March, he and a group of Parkland students organized the March for Our Lives. The main event, which took place in Washington, D.C., called for increased gun control and sprouted sister marches in all 50 states and hundreds of thousands of participants.The 17-year-old also successfully organized companies to pull funding from Laura Ingraham's Fox News show, "The Ingraham Angle," after she made fun of him for not being accepted by a number of colleges. At least 16 companies pulled commercials from the show in the wake of Hogg's criticism.He also called for a boycott of Blackrock and Vanguard Group, a pair of investment firms with indirect stakes in gun companies, in April. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • British Airways(LONDON) -- To honor Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, British Airways marked their wedding day with a tribute flight.The airline celebrated the wedding by staffing Saturday's Flight BA93 from London to Toronto with a crew made up entirely of Meghans and Harrys. The 10-person crew featured two Harrys, seven Megans and one Meghan.Megan Horsley, a British Airways customer service manager who led the "Royal Crew," had never flown with so many other Megans before."I've flown with another Megan once or twice before, but never seven -- so we might have to all call each other by our surnames during this very special flight," she said in a press release before the flight.The airline said the flight to Toronto was selected because it's the city where the relationship between Harry and Markle took off. Toronto is also the city where the couple made their first official public appearance."Harry and Meghan's relationship started across the Atlantic, so it seemed fitting for all of us to take off to Toronto on their special day," Horsley added in a press release.The flight departed at 1:10 p.m., just an hour after the couple said "I do" at Windsor Castle, just 7 miles from Heathrow Airport.At the airport, British Airways gave a special treat to any passenger named Harry, Meghan or Megan and their travel companions departing from Terminal 5. They were allowed to use the airline's first-class lounge.The airline also handed out lemon and elderflower Victoria sponge cake -- the same flavor as Harry and Meghan's wedding cake -- to customers departing from Heathrow.The airline also added extra champagne onto Flight BA93 to celebrate the wedding, and gave every passenger on board "a personal bottle of Castelnau Blanc de Blanc to enjoy alongside their individual celebratory wedding cake," the airline said.Passengers were able to watch the royal wedding on the flight. British Airways passengers on long-haul flights throughout the month of May can watch episodes of the Toronto-shot TV series Suits, starring Markle, and enjoy documentaries and podcasts about how Harry and Markle met and the history of Windsor Castle.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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