A Delta Airlines regional jet. (Pixabay photo)

Oak Bay firefighter helps defuse situation on board U.S. flight

En route to Phoenix, firefighter Brad Scott’s flight was forced to make an emergency landing

Passengers and crew aboard a Delta Airlines flight were thanking a Vancouver Island firefighter after he de-escalated an onboard situation.

Oak Bay firefighter Brad Scott was flying from Seattle to Phoenix with his wife and youngest daughter on Dec. 20. Despite long delays caused by the storm, the flight began pleasantly enough.

“At the beginning, I got talking to the flight attendant,” Scott said, noting it turned out she was from Windsor, Ont. “We started talking a bit which I think helped the situation because we were getting a rapport with her.”

Shortly after the drink service Scott heard some thumping and felt a tap on his shoulder. At the back of the plane, a man was in a confrontation with one of the flight attendants.

“With him being a male, them being two females, I just asked if she needed help and she said ‘yes please,’” Scott said.

READ MORE: Former B.C. flight attendant protests sexual harassment outside YVR, asked to leave

Scott and one other male passenger on the flight engaged with the distraught passenger near the rear of the plane.

“We ended up holding him so the flight attendant could get the zap strap handcuffs on him in the back galley, and settle him down,” Scott said. “It lasted about 15 minutes before we got him seated.”

The flight had to make an emergency landing in Las Vegas, where passengers disembarked while local paramedics, firefighters and police treated the man. Scott was interviewed by authorities along with a few other passengers directly involved in the incident in Las Vegas. He hasn’t been contacted by U.S. authorities since.

Scott has been a firefighter in Oak Bay for 17 years, and credits his emergency experience and training for helping him diffuse the situation.

READ MORE: Couple who met on Air Canada flight get Valentine’s Day gift

“You don’t really think about it, but when something like this happens we are very fortunate to have the training we have,” Scott said. “The first thing is to try and de-escalate the situation and bring it down to normal. Anyone in our job would have done the same thing, and would feel comfortable doing because of how well trained we are.”

According to Scott, most of the passengers on the plane weren’t aware of the situation.

In order to protect the privacy of the agitated passenger, Scott decline to comment on the man’s specific triggers that day, though he didn’t think the man was intoxicated.

Scott and the rest of the passengers eventually made it to Phoenix at around 3:30 a.m. the next morning.



jesse.laufer@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

A look back at hand logging on Cortes Island

David Ellingsen explores his family’s logging roots with the help of his camera

Vancouver Island writer goes with the flow in River Tales

Crofton author documents life on the banks of the Cowichan River

EDITORIAL: If climate really is an emergency, then act like it

Communities busy declaring climate emergencies while not doing nearly enough to fix the problem

Vancouver Island man who pleaded guilty to beating over drug debt handed nine-year jail sentence

Colin Damen Gary Lamontagne sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

Vancouver Island’s longest, steepest, zip line nears completion

Mount Washington aims to thrill with 2.3-km drop reaching speeds approaching 100 km/h

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read