DJ Loses It On Private Jet, Gets Arrested
January 11, 2019
The Bottom Line: A passenger on a private jet threatened to decapitate other passengers
- A Philly DJ faces Federal Charges after losing it on a private jet
- The irate DJ allegedly threatened to decapitate passengers on the flight
- He was arrested after the pilot made an emergency landing
- The Airline has come under fire for lack of security.
People will do anything to be famous these days. One Philadelphia man is facing federal charges after a New York-bound JetSmarter flight had to make an emergency landing in North Platte Regional Airport in Nebraska because he allegedly threatened the flight crew and passengers.
Maurice Paola is a 23-year-old DJ from Philly and back in September was arrested after he was accused of arguing with flight attendants shortly after boarding the 12-passenger jet in Las Vegas. He also allegedly threatened to decapitate other passengers and directly threatened a family with two children, ages four and six. The pilot attempted to calm down Paola but was unsuccessful. Apparently, a flight attendant had to arm herself with an oxygen tank.
When the plane landed, local law enforcement boarded the plane and took Paola down with a stun gun. He was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, according to court records. A judge found him “mentally incompetent and unable to stand trial,” and ordered him held for mental health treatment.
Many felt the airline didn't have the proper safety measures in place to prevent a situation like this. JetSmarter said it has “the most rigorous security standards in private aviation, including background checks on the majority of customers before they fly and on-the-ground security teams that screen for narcotics, explosives, cash, and weapons for shared flights.” It added that “safety and security have been and will always be our number one priority.”