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JetBlue Passenger Empties Bladder on Fellow Fliers

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | September 12, 2015

JetBlue Passenger Empties Bladder on Fellow Fliers

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Forgoing the use of a restroom, a 27-year-old Oregon man was jailed briefly after urinating on passengers, seats and luggage aboard an Anchorage-to-Portland JetBlue flight Friday morning, KOIN 6 News reported.

Citing airline employee and passenger witness comments in the Port of Portland Police report, KOIN said Jeff D. Rubin of Gresham was asleep for most of Flight 47’s trip, but about 30 minutes before touchdown, “he stood up and began urinating through the crack of the seat onto the passengers seated in front of him.”

The report stated that Rubin then lost his balance and fell backwards, “urinat(ing) upwards which got the passengers and seats next to him as well as some other passengers’ personal belongings.”

The cabin stayed fairly calm, according to Suzanna Caldwell, an Alaska Dispatch News reporter who happened to be sitting two rows in front of the peeing passenger.

Commenting in a story written by a fellow Dispatch News journalist, she said, "It's not like anyone was screaming. I didn't even realize anything had happened until the flight attendants came up to me and told me police were going to come onboard."

Caldwell, who, pointed out that she was not urinated on, said officers had to rouse Rubin out of his slumber, as he had apparently fallen asleep again. Then the passenger interviews began.

"At one point, the officer was like, 'Who got peed on?'" Caldwell said to Dispatch News.

Records state that Rubin was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 5:10 a.m. on Friday and stayed for 5 hours, KOIN said. Released on his own recognizance, he is charged with one count each of second-degree criminal mischief and offensive littering.

The AP unsuccessfully reached out to Rubin for comment, so his motivation for eschewing a trip to the restroom is currently unknown.

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