JERICHO - The JetBlue pilot who flipped out aboard a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport yesterday has been charged with interfering with a flight crew. Among the passengers who subdued the pilot was a retired police officer from Long Island.
Retired NYPD Sgt. Paul Babakitis, of Jericho, says he thought his life and the lives of everyone on that flight to Las Vegas were in serious danger, and he had no choice but to take action.
A cell phone video captured JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon running up the aisle and pounding on the cockpit door while screaming that there was a bomb on board.
Babakitis says his instincts kicked in, and, with the help of four passengers, he managed to subdue the distraught pilot.
Meanwhile, the CEO of JetBlue Airways called Osbon a "consummate professional." Others who know the 49-year-old say they cannot believe he could behave like that.
Osbon, a commercial pilot since 1989, has been suspended. He is in FBI custody, where he is receiving medical treatment. Passengers: Pilot on JetBlue flight yelled 'say your prayers'