A United Airlines pilot, identified as Kenneth Henderson Jones, has been placed on leave after venting his frustration by wielding an ax in a parking lot at Denver International Airport.
Surveillance footage captured the 63-year-old pilot approaching the toll booths while clutching an ax. He proceeded to use the tool to forcefully strike the barrier that prevented vehicles from leaving without payment. The striking continued for about a minute until the barrier was dislodged and went airborne.
The incident caught the attention of airport security, who followed Jones as he walked away from the scene. However, a vigilant guard eventually confronted him, leading to the involvement of authorities.
The axe-wielding incident caused around $700 in damage. Jones has been charged with criminal mischief, according to law enforcement officials. When questioned, Jones reportedly claimed that his actions were prompted by frustration over the delay in exiting the parking lot.
In response to the incident, United Airlines promptly removed Jones from the flight schedule. The airline has launched an internal investigation into the matter. The airline’s spokesperson emphasized their commitment to safety and professionalism in a statement.
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining composure in professional settings and seeking appropriate channels to address grievances.
As the investigation unfolds, travelers and aviation enthusiasts await further updates on the outcome of this unusual incident.