Drinking before a game — aka pregaming — isn’t new, but admittedly the reach may have expanded. Whereas once it was reserved for occasions like tailgating in the parking lot before a game or before a frat party, people are now pregaming for other social functions. First date? A glass of wine or two will lessen the nerves. Long flight? Why not get a little toasted, so it’s easier to sleep.
Of course, pregaming should be done in moderation, especially if you’re about to board a flight.
A Delta Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Orlando had to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City early Friday morning after a Utah man allegedly became violent while the plane was in the air.
According to a NewsOK report, flight attendant Antonio Jose Brazao said the passenger, Derek Edward Maas, 28, was clearly intoxicated, but he did not appear dangerous. Brazao instructed the flight crew not to serve him during the flight. However, Maas became agitated when he was denied alcohol during drink service. Brazao let him purchase two drinks on the condition that Maas would sleep for the rest of the flight. Instead, Maas drank the two drinks and quickly demanded more.
Maas reportedly became verbally abusive toward the flight crew and then allegedly head-butted Brazao. Maas was restrained with the help of passengers, and police took him to the klahoma County jail with “clear probable cause” for public intoxication. According to officers, Maas said that “he wished he was black so that we would just shoot him and he could film it and show the world about the unfairness.”
An officer said that on the way to the jail, Maas admitted that he had “pregamed” before the flight by drinking five shots of 90-proof whiskey.
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