[Update] Marc Topkin has quotes from Kennedy.
[7:10pm] Earlier today an unruly passenger on Delta flight 2148, screaming about Satan and spraying fellow passengers with water, had to be restrained by several other passengers.
What does that have to do with the Rays? One of the passengers that subdued the crazy man was Kevin Kennedy, the Rays TV color commentator.
Kennedy first told of the story earlier on his XM Radio show (thanks Joe D.). When we asked the Rays, they verified that he was indeed on flight 2148.
A Delta Air Lines flight was rerouted Friday morning after a passenger threatened to blow up the plane, screamed “get behind me Satan” and sprayed passengers with water from a beverage-cart bottle, according to a complaint filed in federal court.
Flight attendants and other passengers on Delta Flight 2148 struggled to restrain the “erratic and dangerous” passenger with seat belts and plastic handcuffs while pilots rerouted the plane to Albuquerque, New Mexico, FBI Special Agent Benedict R. Bourgeois said.
The plane, which was flying from Los Angeles, California, to Tampa, Florida, landed in Albuquerque at 3:37 a.m. ET, the Transportation Security Administration said.
The passenger, Stanley Dwayne Sheffield, was taken into custody shortly afterward.
There is apparently no truth to the rumor that the unruly passenger was a Rays fan that misses Joe Magrane.