Let’s get the good news out of the way first. Samson Hardridge is a pretty cool name. Unfortunately, the “Hard” part looks like it may be a little too on the nose.
According to the complaint, Friday’s incident began when passenger Samson Hardridge, 33, of Lancaster, Calif., got up during the flight to use the lavatory at the back of the plane. A flight attendant asked him to stand in the aisle because space was tight in the galley.
At that point, according to the complaint, Hardridge had his hands in his pants and asked if the flight attendant wanted to see his genitals. The answer was no. Despite a reminder to stay in the aisle, he “proceeded to the aft galley door of the aircraft and began urinating in the corner of the aircraft,” the complaint said.
Hardridge grew “hostile” when another flight attendant told him he couldn’t relieve himself there and when he was asked to clean up the mess.
The flight attendant “felt as if Hardridge was going to attack” them as he yelled and threatened them, calling them profane names and invading their personal space. According to the complaint, the first flight attendant “feared for their life.”
The plane was diverted and Hardridge was arrested. Depending on what he winds up being officially charged with, he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Hell of a way to vaporize two decades of your life.