A United Airlines pilot will face a charge of ax attack on a parking barrier in Colorado court.
When you want to get home after a long day at work, the last thing you want to deal with are long lines in traffic. An airline employee had a rather extreme way around the problem.
CBS News reports that United Airlines pilot Kenneth Jones is facing one count of criminal mischief in a Colorado court for his alleged solution: swinging an ax at a parking lot door.
United Pilot to police: ‘He’s just reached his breaking point’
The alleged incident happened on August 2, 2023. According to police reports and surveillance cameras, a 63-year-old United employee was attempting to leave an employee parking lot at Denver International Airport (DEN). That’s when he allegedly hit the door 23 times with a full-size axe, knocking it off the base.
In the police report, Jones reportedly told Adams County deputy sheriffs that there were at least six people lining up outside the three gates. Jones said the lines may have been long because people parking there didn’t have the proper permits. In order to speed things up, the pilot would have taken the situation in hand.
Denver airport workers confronted the employee shortly after the alleged incident, engaging in a “physical struggle” over the situation. The police report notes that Jones told deputies, “He’s just reached his breaking point. »
A United spokesperson told CBS News that the pilot had been “removed from the program and was on leave while United conducted an internal investigation.” If found guilty, the pilot faces up to a year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.
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