CBS News reports United Airlines pilot Kenneth Jones faces a count of criminal mischief in a Colorado court for his alleged solution: Taking an axe to a parking lot gate.
United Pilot to Police: “He Just Hit His Breaking Point”
The alleged incident happened on August 2, 2023. According to police reports and surveillance cameras, 63-year-old United employee was trying to leave an employee parking lot at Denver International Airport (DEN). That’s when he allegedly hit the gate 23 times with a full size axe, knocking it off of the base.
In the police report, Jones allegedly told Adams County deputy sheriffs that there were at least six people in line across the three gates. Jones claimed that the lines may have been long due to individuals parking there not having the correct permits. In order to speed things up, the pilot reportedly took the situation into his own hands.
Denver airport employees confronted the employee shortly after the alleged incident, engaging in a “physical struggle” over the situation. The police report notes that Jones told deputies: “He just hit his breaking point.”
A United spokesperson commented to CBS News that the pilot was “removed from the schedule and is on leave while United conducts an internal investigation.” If convicted, the pilot could face up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.
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