Trevor Hopper was arrested at Las Vegas Airport on Sunday after a disturbance on a Southwest Airlines jetbridge where he is accused of threatening to kill officers and even eat one officer’s heart. Hopper, a California native, was charged with violating airport rules.
Police responded to a gate-area incident at the Las Vegas Airport or Harry Reid International Airport as it is now known. When police arrived at the Southwest Airlines boarding gate they found Hopper yelling at two airline employees.
The employees appear to have trapped Hopper in the jetbridge, shutting the door on the passenger, while also closing the airplane door, according to a local news report. The local article noted that a responding officer indicated this in his report: “The Southwest employees had also shut the jetway doors to the plane along with the doors to the plane to keep him from boarding the flight.”
Hopper was traveling from the Las Vegas Airport to Burbank on Southwest Airlines flight 668 which was ultimately delayed because of the fracas. The 45-year-old Sherman Oaks resident threatened to go to the officer’s homes and kill them and that he would “eat his heart out” when interacting with one of the responding officers, another local news station reported.
Hopper was taken into custody without further incident and charged with a misdemeanor. The officers noted that Hopper smelled like alcohol.
Travel disturbances have soared to record levels throughout the pandemic with skyrocketing accounts of passengers unwilling to wear face masks or wear them correctly. Often, alcohol is involved in infractions. No information regarding the original cause of the disturbance has been provided at this time.
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