Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Fri August 07 2015

Man Arrested for Striking Passenger and Police Officer at Chicago Airport

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | August 07, 2015

Man Arrested for Striking Passenger and Police Officer at Chicago Airport

Photo via Twitter

Unruly passengers aboard planes have become an all-too-common problem lately, and as evidence we present another incident Thursday, this time after one man was arrested for allegedly striking another passenger and a police officer.

In a report from Jade Hernandez of, United Airlines Flight 5587 was preparing to take off from Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport Thursday night for Dayton International Airport in Ohio when the incident occurred.

On the flight, a 31-year-old passenger named Adam Kealing of Austin, Texas, was asked to turn his phone off as the plane was taxied to the runway for takeoff. Instead of listening to the attendants, the allegedly drunk Kealing refused.

The captain ordered the plane to be taken back to the gate so the passenger could be removed. As Kealing got out of his seat and walked toward the front of the plane, a man made a comment to him, resulting in the 31-year-old punching the fellow passenger. shared a screenshot of the incident on Twitter:

Chicago police officers eventually boarded the flight and began attempting to remove Kealing from the flight. During the situation, the man allegedly hit an officer during a struggle and was placed under arrest.

There were no other injuries reported during the alleged assault, and the police officer who was struck during the arrest is doing fine. As for Kealing, he is facing four misdemeanor charges, including resisting arrest and battery causing bodily harm.

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