British movie producer tweets unruly passenger flight hell
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Cassian Elwes, who has worked on Blue Valentine, Lawless and Margin Call, found the man sitting in his seat when he arrived to settle in on JetBlue Flight 677.
The man, known only as an ex-Marine called Marco from Queens, was immediately aggressive.
According to the Daily Mail, in the first of his 60 tweets about the ordeal, Mr Elwes said: "When I got on the plane I went to my seat 20f a window seat I had specifically booked. There was someone sitting already in my seat.
"A youngish looking guy maybe late 20s (turned out he was 32) quite burly white crew cut lots of tattoos. Gang looking maybe.
"Hey that's my seat man I said. A quick drawling f*** you its mine now was the response I sat down next to him mumbling 'charming'."
Mr Elwes moved to the row behind him so that a couple could sit next to each other, but continued to detail the man's behaviour, which he said became more and more erratic.
He reportedly stumbled up and down the plane, at one point Elwes wrote: "This time he walks to the front. I feel uneasy and I go back & tell one of the ladies that he's acting weird.
"And I'm really not sure that it's a good idea that he's hanging around the front where all the buttons are for the doors."
The man's behaviour became so worrying, and off-duty air marshal was asked to sit next to him, after the Japanese couple who had moved there refused to.
After the air marshal and Marco had exchanged words, Elwes tweeted: "Hoodie tries to get up but air marshal blocks him. More f*** yous.
"Hoodie throws his vodka at him but it lands on the couple in front of him."
Mr Elwes then volunteered to move back to sit next to the ex-Marine, telling him: 'Let's talk let's just talk."
He tweeted: "I sit. The smell of alcohol is incredible. Do (you) like movies. F*** you. Do you go to films. F*** you. Do you write at all... Yes he says... Where did you grow up. I'm a f****** marine man don't f*** with me he says. I will kill you man. Come on I say what have you written?"
Marco said he had written a short story the day before about a "kamikaze pilot" who "sees his kids and wife in (a) flashback just as he crashes his plane," said Mr Elwes.
He wrote: "This is not a particularly reassuring conversation 20 rows from the cockpit. Where did u grow up. Lower east side man NY. Shooting heroin... I live in Queens now. I went to the marines to get off drugs.
"He pulls out a canister from his pocket filled with little green pills. He swigs from it. The plane jolts and the pills fly everywhere. Did u ever write about the marines. F*** you man I don't want to talk about it. I've seen s*** no man should ever see. I can't write it."
Elwes then tells Marco that he is a movie producer, and Marco asks him to "read my stuff".
"Cool I say. Give me your email which he does."
As the plane lands, Marco repeatedly pleads with Mr Elwes: "Don't forget me. Don't forget me, man. Don't forget me", and hands the producer a folded piece of paper, which Mr Elwes thought was his email address.
Police then boarded the plane and escorted Marco off in handcuffs.
Elwes also revealed that a pregnant female passenger claims Marco groped her on the plane.
Mr Elwes tweets: "We eventually take off again. I replay the whole thing in my mind again as the adrenaline wears off. What's the message what's the point...I realise the point is these wars are f***** with our children's minds. A whole generation is being sent home screwed up.
"I find one of the pills on the floor and the nice lady in front Googles it on her phone. Its clonazepam a drug for bi-polar anxiety."
Mr Elwes then opened the folded pieces of paper that Marco had given him before being taken off the plane.
He tweeted: "This is what he wrote: "We all love the ones we hate. Blood. Lust. I was born in Queens. We all lose hope". Marco I won't forget you I promise."
According to the Guardian, a spokesman for Denver International Airport confirmed the plane was met by authorities, and JetBlue said the "flight was rerouted for a customer service reason".
Read more at:
Guardian.co.uk and the Daily Mail
Read the full Twitter account @CassianElwes
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